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BRAVE NEW WORLD is an annual conference for people who want to know what the future holds in store and how this will affect their business, policies and life. On Monday, Tuesday 8-9 November 2021, the worlds of culture, philosophy, science, technology and storytelling will collide. We want to discuss what ethical and societal impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society.

This conference is for people who want to go beyond their own field of interest, who want to network with others with innovative mindset. Brave New World is meant for professionals coming from (applied) science, industry, (semi) government and the creative industry.



Nina Schick

Author and politacal advisor

Nina Schick is an author, advisor and speaker, specialising in how technology is transforming geopolitics and society. Nina is an expert deepfakes and synthetic media, cybersecurity and the geopolitics of technol[...] read more

Liam Young

Speculative architect

Liam Young is a speculative architect and director who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is cofounder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, an urban futures think tank, exploring the local and[...] read more

Sarah Durston

Professor of Developmental Disorders of the Brain

Sarah Durston started the NICHE Neuroimaging lab at the Department of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Utrecht University Medical Center. She managed to obtain a Veni, Vidi as a VICI grant from NWO as well[...] read more

Bernardo Kastrup

Executive director of Essentia Foundation

Bernardo Kastrup is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental.

He has a PhD in [...] read more

Lydia Pyne

Writer and historian

Lydia Pyne is a writer and historian, interested in the history of science and material culture. She has degrees in history and anthropology and a PhD in biology (history and philosophy of science) from Arizona S[...] read more

Daphina Misiedjan

Assistant Professor at International Institute of Social Studies

Dr. Daphina Misiedjan is an assistant-professor at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)/ Erasmus University in the Netherlands, an associated researcher at the Utrecht Center for Oceans, Water and Sust[...] read more



Are you prepared for a Brave New World? Do you want to witness two days of mind-bending presentations and take part in discussing how future innovations will have an impact on human life? Do you want to meet peers from different sectors and co-create new views on life, society, policy and government? Join us!

If you would like to participate online please send us an email to

Regular tickets € 75,- € 150,-
Students  € 25,-  € 50,-
Business  € 150,-  € 300,-





Full program Brave New World 2021

Full program for the 2021 edition of Brave New World is online!

Brave New World part of ArtScienceWeek

Brave New World Conference will be part of the brand new ArtScienceWeek (formerly known as Beyond Human Festival).

AI & (IN)EQUALITY SESSION – now online!

On November the 9th at Brave New World Conference we discussed the influence, threats and benefits of artificial intelligence on equality and inequality. A panel discussion organized bij the Brave New World Conference in collaboration with European Parliament. The whole discussion is now online!


This exciting event is being brought to you through the generous support of our many conference partners and sponsors who are committed to Brave New World. We thank these agencies, organizations, foundations and companies for providing the necessary support to make this event possible.


Presenting partners

Become a Partner

Partner opportunities offer many exciting ways to interact with our professional participants from different sectors, show your expertise on certain themes, or underline your involvement in the future of our society.

To learn more about the different partnership levels and their exclusive event opportunities please send an email to




Director & Program
Program & Communication
Marloes Honsbeek
Production & Organisation
Anna Iverson
Info & Support