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23 JAN


The next PechaKucha Night in Maastricht will be on Wednesday, January 23 at Brasserie Tapijn.

Doors open at 19:00. The event starts at 19:30. 

Admission: €6

We look forward to seeing you!

The PechaKucha team in Maastricht


Featured Presentation

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Ibrahima Kaba

in Maastricht

As a young African and as a researcher, Ibrahima Sory Kaba sees himself confronted with negative headlines and doomed perspectives about his continent almost on a daily basis.

He wants to engage conversations about helping debunk some of the long-lasting myths and cliches about Africa and sharing a truer and fairer picture of Africa that is neither naive nor apocalyptic. 

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T-Rex versus Modern Society

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Renaat Toppets speaks about the T-Rex that we frequently see in front of us and how a personal story made him realize that you never know the whole story behind what happens.

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Do you feel at home in Maastricht?

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Why do highly-skilled individuals come to the Maastricht region? Why do they want to stay? Or why do they plan to leave again? And how can we make the Euregio Meuse-Rhine more attractive for them? 

These are some of the questions that Julia Reinold tackles in her PhD research at Maastricht University. She also is a true child of this region herself: Julia grew up in the German part of the Euroregion, studied at Maastricht University and is now working there as a researcher. 

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A World Apart: My Experience in Ghana

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Maria Tomai just came back from a six-week stay in Ghana where she researched the topic of solid waste management. Apart from her research, there were many insights that she gained during her stay about the value of personal relationships.

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Here's how Manchester United can fight malaria... for free!

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Everybody who has been to a malaria region has slept under a mosquito net. Mosquito nets have saved more than six million lives over the past 15 years. However with the decrease in cases of malaria, people have started finding other uses for their mosquito nets; fishing, for example. Bart Knols has been working on ways to reverse this trend by making mosquito bed nets more attractive. This is where Manchester United comes in. 

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Food Connects

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

For Leon Aarts, food has been a common thread throughout his life as he journeyed from chef to restaurant owner to establishing two charities related to food. The founder of #FillTheCup, #Compassion and#CalaisKitchens speaks about the power of food in connecting people. Compassion is truly delicious.

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Peace in heart beats pace in life!

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Maurice Sopacua is a medical doctor who believes in the importance of taking challenges and risks - and following your heart. From an early age, he became interested in human mobility.

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Integration through Information

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

ElizaMaree Power, Communications specialist and PK team member shares a personal story about how English News - RTV Maastricht was conceived and developed and now helps with the integration of internationals in Maastricht. 

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Breaking Silos, Nudging Communities: the SITE4Society adventure

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Shyama Ramani is Professorial Fellow at the research institute United Nations University-MERIT in Maastricht. Her research focuses on the relationships between technology, innovation and their governance for inclusive development. She is also the founder of two non-profit research units ‘Association Un Ami’ and ‘Friend in Need Trust’, in France and India.

Shyama experiences three kinds of knowledge divides today: that between students and scholars in good institutions and the not-so-good ones, that between academics and society and that between truth and fabricated truth.

In her PechaKucha presentation she shows how academics can contribute to societal welfare just through sharing the results of their research in an understandable way. 



Thank You and Best Wishes for 2019!

As the year 2018 is coming to an end, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who makes the PechaKucha Nights in Maastricht what they are. This means a big thank you to everyone who attended or spoke at a PechaKucha Night!
We look back to a year with three successful events at three locations - Brasserie Tapijn in January, Maastricht School of Management in March and Lumière Cinema in June - and with a total of 33 speakers.
We will start 2019 with PechaKucha Maastricht Vol. 37 on January 23 at Brasserie Tapijn and look forward to seeing you there!
We wish you a great New Year full of creative vibes!!
Your PechaKucha Team Maastricht
Aisling, Alice, Charlotte, Maria, ElizaMaree, Nathan, Stella & Sueli

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About the City's Organizers

  • Sueli Brodin

    Born in Brazil from a Japanese/Brazilian mother and a French father, I grew up in Pakistan, Japan and France. After completing a bachelor's degree in English literature, I won a one-year scholarship to study at Rutgers University, New Jersey. I met my Dutch husband in Israel and we have been living in Maastricht, the Netherlands, since April 1994. We have three children, one cat, three tortoises, five ducks, two aquariums and 16 chickens including a Cosmpolitan Mechelse Wyandotte chicken. I work as an Editor/ Communications Officer at United Nations University-MERIT / Maastricht University and a freelance editor at Maastricht School of Management. I joined the team of PechaKucha Maastricht in December 2009 and am very happy to be part of the global PechaKucha community. Watch my video portrait at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiL4oRFfUYM

  • Stella Thomassen

    My name is Stella Thomassen and I am a research assistant at Maastricht University. Almost my whole life I suffered from glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. In my presentation I will share my story and insights on how i conquered this fear. I want to inspire everybody to let this fear behind and step into the light. Only then can you live your life to its fullest potential.

  • Charlotte Mueller

    Charlotte is a passionate traveler & migration-research enthusiast. She has backpacked through many Latin American countries and is now gaining new experiences during work-related field trips in different African countries. She was born in Munich (Germany), but she also lived in Hungary and Ecuador for some time before moving to Maastricht in 2015.

  • ElizaMaree Power

    ElizaMaree was born and raised in Sydney and lived quite some time in London before landing in her mother’s home town of Maastricht where she is now based. Both in her professional and private lives she welcomes opportunities to work on projects where she is able to employ her communicative, creative and commercial talents. As her name quite succinctly says, her aim is to empower people, projects and thought processes, to drive change by engaging professional and personal branding, online presence and communication style. In this way enabling others to shape their dreams and achieve their goals and ambitions.

  • Mariia Kirichenko

    Having lived in Russia, USA, Argentina, Spain and the Netherlands, I became a strong believer that our home is the whole world and our possibilities are infinite if we are open to them. I believe that in our ever-changing world, the focus should be on a journey of self-discovery where each day one should embrace change and dare to take risks while having integrity as a core value.

  • Alice Prior

    Alice is a 25 years old Italian Pychologist. Born and raised in Treviso, after a post high school gap year working in London she completed her bachelor and master in Padova, spending the last half year of her studies in Bucharest. She is now working as Junior researcher at Maastricht University. She finds important to expose oneself to different cultures: experiencing unfamiliar cultures and trying new languages is something she got accustomed to. These periods abroad have shaped her current interests which are diverse, widespread and interdisciplinary.

  • Nathan Guillaume

    I think we are all on the same ship and that we should aim for truth, beauty and goodness. I love to explore things, find solutions, share visions, get inspired by and see enterprises that make us go in this direction.... Pechakucha is the perfect mean for that! And even more when it happens in the middle of a beautiful city as Maastricht :)

  • Aisling Tiernan

    Dia dhuit! I’m Aisling - I am passionate about different cultures and customs and curious to learn about people and the world. I like to travel to explore new places, meeting new faces and getting to know people through their stories. Storytelling being a key aspect of Irish folklore and my heritage of which I hope to bring to PechaKucha! I work at Maastricht University in International Relations where much of our activities involve promoting international education, international collaboration and exchange. I am interested in how the world works and believe that collaboration and dialogue is key at the many (socio-political-economic) levels. I joined the Pechakucha team as I think it is a great platform to share stories, ideas and connect people in a fun and innovative way in our Maastricht community.