Speakers 2019

James Bridle

Artist, writer, journalist, and technologist (UK)

James Bridle is an artist and writer working across technologies and disciplines. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on lite[...] read more

Bina 48

Social robot (US)

BINA48 is a black, female-presenting advanced social robot and ambassador for the multi-decade mind uploading experiment in AI and cyber-consciousness LifeNaut project. She was created in the image of Bina Roth[...] read more

Bruce Duncan

Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation (US)

Bruce Duncan has been the Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation and humanoid Bina48 which he describes as a digital artwork. He is repsonsbile to for overseeing the mangagment and implementatio[...] read more

Elsa Sotiriadis

Synthetic biologist, futurist and science fiction writer (CHE)

Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis is a synthetic biologist, futurist and science fiction writer (Elsa Solaris) interested in fixing the world with the science of biohacking.

As a venture capital investor, she helped inv[...] read more

Thomas Thwaites (Goat Man)

Designer (UK)

Thomas Thwaites is a British designer and writer. He describes himself as “a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science, futures research & etc.”  In one of his pro[...] read more

Margriet Sitskoorn

Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology (NL)

Margriet Sitskoorn is professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Tilburg. She carries out research into the relationship between brain and behaviour. Alongside her scientific work she writes colum[...] read more

Toby Kiers

Professor in Evolutionary Ecology (US)

Toby Kiers investigates how cooperation between species evolves and persists. Her recent work focuses on resource trading in nature and how complex ‘biological markets’ can emerge among plants and microbes. S[...] read more

Randal Koene

Neuroscientist, Chairman and Founder Carboncopies.org (US)

Dr. Randal Koene is a neuroscientist working on the functional reconstruction of brain circuits via neural prostheses and neural interfaces. Koene introduced the concept of whole brain emulation and is a lead arc[...] read more

Lily Frank

Philosopher and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics (US)

Lily Eva Frank received her doctorate in Philosophy in 2014 from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 2007 to 2013 she was a an Ethics Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York[...] read more

Cohen & Van Balen (UK)

Artists, Designers

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen run a London based experimental practice operating on the border between art and design. Inspired by designer species, composed wilderness and mechanical organs, they produce fict[...] read more

Arne Hendriks

Artist, researcher and exhibition maker (NL)

Arne Hendriks is an artist, researcher and exhibition maker based in Amsterdam. People sometimes call him a radical ecologist and although he likes the sound of that, he rather likes to say that he deliberately e[...] read more

Catholijn Jonker

Professor of Interactive Intelligence & Explainable artificial intelligence (NL)

Catholijn Jonker is full professor of Interactive Intelligence at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the Delft University of Technology and rrofessor of Explainable Artific[...] read more

Peter-Paul Verbeek

Professor of Philosophy of Technology (NL)

Peter-Paul Verbeek is distinguished professor of Philosophy of Technology and scientific co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is also honorary professor of techno-anthropo[...] read more

Hanneke Schuitemaker

Global Head of Viral Vaccine Discovery and Translational Medicine at Janssen (NL)

Hanneke Schuitemaker is the Global Head of Viral Vaccine Discovery and Translational Medicine and the Disease Area Stronghold Leader for Viral Vaccines in Janssen Vaccines and Prevention. In addition, she is a Pr[...] read more

Kuang-Yi Ku

Dentist, bio-artist and social designer (TW)

Kuang-Yi Ku finds synergy between his three degrees of dentistry, communication design and social design, exploring the intersection of the human body, sexuality, interspecies interaction and medical technology. [...] read more

Femke Nijboer

Assistant Professor Creative Technology (NL)

Femke Nijboer is an assistant professor of Creative Technology and Biomedical Signals and Systems at the University of Twente. She studies how creative technology, art and humor can be used to encourage us to thi[...] read more

Jeroen Gouman

Researcher of medical technologies (NL)

Jeroen’s research focuses on the ethical aspects of medical technologies and the societal issues they raise. He is involved in research projects on human/non-human hybrid embryos and genetic [...] read more

Sarah Boers

Researcher Organoid technology

Sarah Boers is a researcher of organoid technology at Utrecht Medical Center. Sarah does research on ethical implications involved oranoids. Regarding the moral status of organoids, we recognize organoids as hybr[...] read more

Itamar Gilboa

Artist (ISR)

Itamar Gilboa (1973) has always been inspired by the power of numbers and the influence of science. His works, often reflecting upon himself and his personal experiences living in Israel as well as in the Netherl[...] read more

Nadja Muller-den Blijker

CEO of iThrive (AT/NL)

Nadja Muller-den Blijker is the CEO of iThrive and certified professional coach. With an MSC in Geosciences she worked as project engineering manager on climate change mitigation projects in the oil& gas indu[...] read more

Frank Wammes

Chief Technology Officer Capgemini (NL)

Frank Wammes is Chief Technology Officer for Capgemini Europe. As Corporate Speaker, Executive Coach and Innovation Lead, Frank helps clients discover the “Art of the Possible” and help identify opportunities[...] read more

Job van den Hurk

Neuroscientist (NL)

Job van den Hurk (1985) is a neuroscientist. He currently works as scientific manager at ultra-high field imaging center Scannexus, and is assistant professor in cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University. J[...] read more

Nolen Gertz

Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy (US)

Nolen Gertz is Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente, a Senior Researcher at the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Global Center[...] read more





Sir Lawrence Freedman

Emeritus Professor of War Studies (UK)

Sir Lawrence Freedman was Professor of War Studies at King’s College London between 1982 and 2014; he now holds the position of ‘Emeritus Professor’ in the Department of War Studies. Before joining King’s[...] read more

Mark O’Connell

Writer (IRL)

Mark O’Connell is a journalist, writing for The New Yorker, The Independent and New York Times Magazine. His novel was awarded with the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize ‘To be a Machine’ and was nominated for the p[...] read more

Jeanette Winterson

Professor of New Writing (UK)

Jeanette Winterson is an award-winning English writer, who became famous with her first book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, a semi-autobiographical novel about a sensitive teenage girl rebelling against convent[...] read more

Jessica Barker

Co-Founder & co-CEO, Cygenta (UK)

Dr. Jessica Barker runs cyber.uk. She is a leader in the human nature of cyber security, has been named one of the top 20 most influential women in cyber security in the UK and awarded as one of the UK’s Tech W[...] read more

Adam Dipert

Particle Physicist, Weightless Movement Artist, Circus and Fire Performer (USA)

Adam Dipert is a physicist, circus performer, and dancer. He will be defending his PhD in experimental nuclear physics during fall 2018. His research has been performed at Arizona State, North Carolina State, and[...] read more

Stephen Cave

Philosopher and Executive Director of CFI (UK)

Stephen Cave is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Philosophy and a Fellow of Hughe[...] read more

Lesley-Ann Daly

Designer and Researcher (UK)

Lesley-Ann Daly is a Designer and Researcher, and member of the London based design studio Hack the Senses. Her work investigates the future possibilities of Sensory Augmentation technology and the personal and s[...] read more

Andrew Keen

Writer (UK)

Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of four books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, international hit The Internet Is[...] read more

Liisa Janssens

Scientist TNO and researcher (NL)

Liisa Janssens is Scientist at TNO and researcher at LSTS, VUB. She is working on analyses that examine Artificial Intelligence in the scope of Law, Philosophy and Cybersecurity. She obtained a Master’s degree [...] read more

Kanta Dihal

Researcher (UK)

Kanta Dihal is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. In her research, she explores how fictional and nonfictional stories shape the de[...] read more

Murray Ballard

Artist (UK)

Murray Ballard was born in Brighton, UK and remains based there. Murray graduated from the University of Brighton in 2007 with a BA in Photography and was selected for ‘Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 2008′ – the[...] read more

Stephanie Carvin

Assistant Professor of International Affairs (CAN)

Stephanie Carvin is an Assistant Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research interests are in the area of national security, foreign pol[...] read more

Manuel Beltrán

Artist, activist and researcher (ES)

Manuel Beltrán is an artist, activist, and researcher. His artworks have been featured in museums and galleries in the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Italy, and Poland. He researches and lectures o[...] read more

Christine Boshuijzen

Researcher, NWO (NL)

Boshuijzen currently works for the Dutch Research School of Philosophy as Assistant Director, as well as the Eindhoven University of Technology as a post-doctoral researcher. She holds a PhD degree in ethics and [...] read more

Esther Keymolen

Assistant Professor Ethics, Law, and Policy of New Data Technologies (BE)

Esther Keymolen is Assistant Professor in Ethics, Law, and Policy of new Data Technologies at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (Tilburg University). Esther has a background in philosophy of [...] read more

Etienne Augé

Researcher and writer (FR)

Dr. Etienne F. Augé is Principal lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. In 2015, he founded the Community for Histories of the Future (CHIFT), a platform dedicated to study and stimulate th[...] read more

João Pedro de Magalhães

Associate Professor of Aging (POR)

Dr. de Magalhaes works at the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool. He graduated in Microbiology in 1999 from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia in his hometown of Porto, Portugal, a[...] read more

Sara Kaiser

Designer (GER)

Sara Kaiser is a designer who visualises information and creates situations in which topics can be explored from various angles. Intrigued by biological processes and the transformability of bodies, her mediums v[...] read more

Peter van der Putten

Assistant Professor and director of Decisioning Solutions at Pegasystems (NL)

How can machines learn from interaction? Or how can phenomena such as intelligence, creativity or more in general, complex behaviour emerge from simple parts? Big questions of course, but nonetheless fascinating.[...] read more

Annette Idler

Director of Studies Changing Character of War Programme and Senior Research Fellow (UK)

She is Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Programme, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and at the Department of Politics and International Relations, and affiliate at the Latin America[...] read more

Imre Bard

Founder Hack the Senses and Researcher (UK)

Imre runs Hack the Senses, a London-based research studio and experience design collective at the interface of the arts and the sciences. The group’s work has been presented at various events and festivals,[...] read more

Agi Haines

Designer (UK)

Agi Haines’ work is focused on the design of the human body. How might people respond to the possibilities of our body as another everyday material and how far can we push our malleable bodies while still being[...] read more

Carl Miller

Research-director CASM & author (UK)

Carl Miller is the research-director and co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM), the first UK think tank team dedicated to researching digital society. Carl is a pioneering technology re[...] read more

Jeanine Reutemann

Researcher at the Centre for Innovation (CH)

Jeanine Reutemann is a Researcher at the Centre for Innovation at the Leiden University, with a background in film, education and media sciences. Main research interests: Science & Video, AR & VR, Artific[...] read more


Artist & Cyborg (UK)

Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist and cyborg activist, best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. H[...] read more

Malka Older

Author ‘Infomocracy’ (US)

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy, part one of the Centanal Cycle, is the first full-length novel from Tor.com. The sequel Null States will[...] read more

Lucy McRae

body artist (UK/AUS)

Lucy McRae is a sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow and body architect, placing the human body in complex, futuristic scenarios that confound the boundaries between the natural and artificial; inventing icon[...] read more

Luciano Floridi

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information (IT/UK)

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Digital Ethics Lab (DELab) of the Oxford Internet Institute. He seats on the Google Advisory [...] read more

Daisy Ginsberg

Designer and writer (UK)

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer, developing experimental approaches to imagine new roles and ideals for design. Daisy investigates design’s aesthetic and ethical futures with collabora[...] read more

Nell Watson

Engineer and Entrepreneur (UK)

Nell Watson is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging[...] read more

Jeroen van Loon

Artist (NL)

Jeroen van Loon lives and works in Utrecht, Netherlands. He received a bachelor in Digital Media Design and a European Media Master of Arts from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. His fascination revolves [...] read more

Jay Tuck

journalist (US)

Journalist and US defence expert Jay Tuck was executive news director of the daily network program Tagesthemen on ARD Television. He also served twice as combat correspondent in Iraq. His investigative reports on[...] read more

Torill Kornfeldt

science journalist (SE)

Torill Kornfeldt’s first book ‘The return of the Mammoth’ explores the science and ethics of reviving extinct species. Her work explores the problems and possibilities of using new genetic technology to try[...] read more

Rens Vliegenthart

Professor Media and Politics (NL)

Rens Vliegenthart is professor at the Department of Communication Science, Amsterdam University. He is one of the most productive researchers in his field. Since receiving his PhD, he has studied the role of the [...] read more

Amos Kater

UL Transaction Security, Director Advisory & Education Services (NL)

Amos Kater is the Director of UL Transaction Security Advisory & Education Services unit. In this role Amos is responsible for all markets (Banks, Payment Institutions, Telecom & Manufacturers, Transit an[...] read more

Caspar Verwer

Expert Nature Conservation IUCN NL (NL)

Caspar Verwer is Expert Nature Conservation at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) National Committee of The Netherlands. read more

Tim Reutemann

Science fiction author (CH)

Tim Reutemann is a climate finance expert and science fiction author. He is working on the forefront of new financial mechanisms under the Paris Agreement, while exploring future opportunities for more democratic[...] read more

Nicky Hekster

Technical Leader Healthcare & Life Sciences, IBM Healthcare (NL)

Nicky Hekster works for IBM. He is an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and the IBM Watson Technology applied to business and our society, notably to healthcare and life sciences. Six years ago he wa[...] read more

Micha Bruinvels

Director of Contests, World Press Photo (NL)

Micha Bruinvels has been at World Press Photo since the beginning of the millennium, starting as a project manager for youth education, corporate publications and the Children’s Jury, he is currently holding th[...] read more

Frederik de Wilde

Artist (BE)

Frederik de Wilde works at the interstice of the art, science and technology. Frederik studied fine arts, media arts and philosophy. The conceptual crux of his artistic praxis are the notions of the inaudible, in[...] read more

Josje Spierings

Head of the Secretariat of the International Data Responsibility Group (NL)

Josje Spierings is head of the Secretariat of the International Data Responsibility Group (IDRG). IDRG aims to advance the agenda of responsible data use for vulnerable and crisis affected populations. Josje is [...] read more

Thomas van Baar

Project Officer Research Futures, Centre for Innovation (NL)

Thomas leads HumanityX (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University) a multidisciplinary team which aims to enable stakeholders in the peace, justice and humanitarian sector to adopt innovations in order to increase[...] read more

Moon Ribas

Artist & Cyborg (ES)

Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her arm that allows her to perceive earthquakes through vibrations[...] read more

Philip Brey

Professor of Ethics of Technology (US)

Philip Brey investigates the role of technology in society, and how we can develop and use technology in a way that takes into account ethical issues, including people’s rights and freedoms, justice, sustai[...] read more

Kristian Esser

Entrepeneur Mr. Harder (NL)

Kristian Esser was born in Africa, raised in Italy and is now based in Amsterdam. He studied at the European Institute of Design in Milano as well as the HKU and has been driven by creativity throughout his life,[...] read more

Angelo Vermeulen

Space systems researcher & biologist (BE)

Angelo Vermeulen is a space systems researcher, biologist, community artist, and TED Senior Fellow. In 2009 he initiated Space Ecologies Art and Design (SEAD), an international network of individuals working in a[...] read more

Arie van Bellen

Director of ECP (NL)

Arie van Bellen is director of ECP, platform for Information Society. ECP is a influential not-for-profit platform where participants from businesses, government, science and society work together to establish a [...] read more

Mashya Boon

Film Studies Scholar (US/NL)

Mashya is a Dutch Film Studies Scholar currently obtaining her PhD at Michigan State University (MSU) in the USA. Her research interests lie at the intersection of film-philosophy, posthumanism, identity-politics[...] read more

Menno Schilthuizen

Professor & Senior Scientist Naturalis Biodiveristy Center (NL)

Dutch biologist Menno Schilthuizen (1965) is author, speaker, and researcher. He works as a senior scientist for Naturalis Biodiversity Center and holds a post as professor of evolutionary biology and biodiversit[...] read more

Madeleine van der Steege

Entrepeneur, researcher and author (SA)

Madeleine van der Steege started trading under Synquity in 2014, a business offering organizational development solutions. She is a member of the Management Board of The Bijlmer Project, Adjunct Professor at Webs[...] read more

Richard Schut

film producer (NL)

Richard is the co-founder of the 48 Hour Film Project in Amsterdam: a short film competition in which people create a short film in only 48 hours. In 2013 Richard initiated the 48 Days Feature Film Project in whi[...] read more