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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!


Featured Presentation

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. 

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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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Images about inner secrets and about external threats

@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Hub Gielissen has worked most of his career in the field of ‘capacity development’ in developing countries and in post-conflict areas, such as Georgia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Mali, Chad, Ghana. This strongly influenced his way of perception and photographing.

With his photography – especially by means of social landscapes and portraits – he tries to capture features of ‘la condition humaine’, of people in their vulnerability.

In his PechaKucha presentation, he presents spoken stories and images of people who became vulnerable by external events. 



City Focus: Maastricht

Claiming the spotlight in this week's 
City Focus is the historic city of Maastricht. Affluent in medieval-era architecture and Dutch culture, Maastricht has impressed us with their creativing thinking and love for the sciences. Having recently hosted their 35th Volume, there'll be more amazing content coming from the passionate and innovative minds of Maastricht. Best of luck to the organizers of Maastricht in planning Vol. 36! See you all there!

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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 real name is Maria Christella L.G.D. Thomassen. I'm 46 years old and Belgian. I live with my son Liam in Maastricht for almost 13 years. I work at the department of Biochemistry for 25 years now. I'm co-author on 30 scientific papers. I committed myself to give a PechaKutcha talk and I'll talk about a present I gave to myself almost one year ago and what that did on my life.

  • 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.