Past Maastricht Event: VOL 29

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The Fragrant City

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

“Smell gives us a sense of place. Our nose is our built in navigator and every city is filled with smell scapes.”

In The Fragrant City from PechaKucha Night Maastrict Volume 29, Speaker Tanja Schell shows how powerful one of our most ignored senses is. We live in a world of scents. And we are influenced by them 24/7. All those scents influence our mood and our wellbeing, all of them. Even those we are not aware of. Scent is a hidden but powerful dimension which adds a strong sense of place to the urban space, it makes cities more attractive and more safe. After ages of reducing and controlling odour emissions in the city, time has come to develop a positive policy to use this invisible power.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on May 22nd, 2017. 

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Bottom-up video - the social tool

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

What is the goal of establishing a regional television network? How can this platform make contributions to the local community? What is the most effective and efficient way of realising this goal?

Timo Ekhart is the presenter of Children’s Television at the Maastricht hospital, video maker, camera journalist, radio producer, host and interviewer. He tells us how he connects people with each other and empowers them through the use of media such as internet video, radio and television.

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Tune into change

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

Do you still remember your new year's resolution? Are you still working on accomplishing it?

Agnieszka Borzecka is a teacher, a coach and an aspiring author. She shares her tips and tricks about how you can continuously develop yourself, even when you fear that your motivation is gone.

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The Biology of Stress

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

What happens to you when you are exposed to severe and shocking events that occur relatively frequently in life? How can these events impact you, both mentally and physically? Is there any treatment available if you are experiencing a post-traumatic stress disorder?

Bart Rutten works as a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at Maastricht University. He enlightens us on the new research field of epigenetics and other related topics which he is working on.

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The story of the biggest urban forest in the world: Floresta da Tijuca

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

Do you know where is the biggest urban forest in the world? It's in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! The backyard of the house where Julia Taddei grew up is part of this forest, called Floresta da Tijuca.

Julia tells you more about the relationship between the "Cariocas", the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, with the forest, and the fact that it is not a native forest but rather the result of a major reforestation project undertaken around 150 years ago.

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Improvisation: How to do business with the Dutch?

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

During our PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 29, we challenged members of the audience to participate in a spontaneous PechaKucha improvisation on random slides. The chosen topic was: "How to do business with the Dutch". The exercise was a big success and great fun for everyone! Our talented volunteer improvisors were, in order of appearance: Gloria Bozyigit, Felix Jose Farias Fueyo, Cato Boeschoten, Piet Stevens.

Many thanks to the great presentation!

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The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

"Too many times, we make judgements on people and situations without knowing anything about them... I decided to do a photography project, which is focusing on people, not the conflict, not the violence."

In The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya from PechaKucha Night Maastricht  Vol. 29, photographer Brian Megens tells the story about his photography project ‘The Other Side of Palestine’. In this project he focuses on life and the people of the West Bank. He made several stories throughout the country. During his stay in Palestine, Brian got intrigued with the kufiya, known in the West as the ‘Arafat scarf’. In his presentation, ‘The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya’ Brian will tell us more about this traditional Arabic product that won his admiration.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, May 31st, 2016. 

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How to survive getting older?

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

How to survive getting older? That is the question asked by Ludo Hellemans. We are facing an ageing society, especially here in Limburg. The demographic change poses new challenges for the entire society. It is not only a challenge for the elderly but also for younger citizens.

Ludo has a solution for this challenge, a new form of community housing for citizens over 50, located right in the middle of the city holding two core characteristics: mutual support to ensure autonomy of the residents and sustained interaction with the neighbourhood.

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How can we build the right habits?

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

Speaker Rodrigo Paiva works as clinical project manager. With his talk, Rodrigo would like to challenge us with the most simple but yet important question: "Why is it so difficult to build the right habits?" Have you ever wondered why sometimes the simplest things in our lives are the ones that demand the most discipline?

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Wikipedia opens unexpected doors for volunteers

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

Medical Student Mike Nicolaije (28) is volunteer and global admin for Wikipedia and he contributes to this site as a hobby. His enthusiasm for adding content to this universal encyclopedia is contagious.

Wiki is also a domain where you meet people in a friendly, warm atmosphere and Mike would like to organise more local meetings where all Wiki-volunteers can help each other. In cooperation with Maastricht University and also the provincial government in North-Brabant doors opened to him that are usually closed for a general audience. Also Mike’s experiences with the National Library, the Rijksmuseum and the National Archives are remarkable. He recommends in particular students to join forces within Wikipedia, because being an admin expands your horizon and also your community of friends and acquaintances.

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Parwin's dream

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

Parwin came to the Netherlands as a refugee from Afghanistan 15 years ago. How was her life when she was young and what did she encounter on a daily basis as a young girl?

Inge Melchior shares with us the story of Parwin and of the Aainda Foundation, the foundation she set up to help and empower girls from Afghanistan; the Aainda Foundation also aims to break the social isolation of women from different cultures in Maastricht region.

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Every 60 seconds in Africa...

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

“Stereotypes harm dignity, but the truth of the matter is that stereotypes sell”

What is your image of Africa? A poor, conflict-ridden, hot continent with beautiful sunsets and wild animals, or a hub for innovations and the second fastest growing economy?

By day Faten Aggad works as Africa programme manager at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). By night she studies journalism and is a travel writer. In Every 60 seconds in Africa… from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Volume 29, she will challenge you to look at Western media headlines through a different lens.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, May 27th, 2016. 

Brian Megens
Student, Photographer, Social Media Reporter, self employed, Maastricht University in Maastricht
PechaKucha Night Maastricht
PechaKucha Maastricht organisers, PechaKucha Night in Maastricht
Julia Taddei
Corporate legal counsel | MBA in The Hague
Timo Ekhart
TV maker, presentator, Camerajournalist, radio maker, independent in Maastricht
Bart Rutten
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, Maastricht University in Maastricht
Inge Melchior
researcher, Aainda Foundation in Maastricht
Rodrigo Morais Prezia Paiva
Clinical Project Manager, WestRock in Visé
Faten Aggad-Clerx
Africa program manager by day (@ECDPM), journalism student and travel writer by night., ECDPM in Maastricht
Agnieszka Borzecka
Teacher, Coach and aspiring Author in Maastricht
Ludo Hellemans
Biologist / Science writer , Seniorenwoongroep Binnenstad Maastricht in Maastricht
Tanja Schell
Scentarchitect, blogger, conceptualizer, GeurLab in Maastricht
Mike Nicolaije
Medical student and volunteer admin for Wikipedia