Next Event

22 MAR


PechaKucha Maastricht will team up with Maastricht School of Management to offer a special PechaKucha event for the School's MBA and Master's in Management students. Stay tuned for more information! 


Featured Presentation


Sueli Brodin

PechaKucha Maastricht organiser/Communications Officer, United Nations University in Maastricht

Last November, Sueli Brodin and her family adopted a cosmopolitan chicken named Akosua. This experiment is part of Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen’s #PerfectStrangers citizen science art project. Sueli not only takes care of Akosua, but also keeps a diary about everything that she experiences with her. Sueli tells us about the adventures she and her family have lived together with Akosua and what thoughts and questions this experience has provoked.


My Body and I

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

Many chronically ill people in the world live with the sense that their bodies are waging war against them – that is, against the people they are. Steve believes that this is not only fruitless, it is self-destructive. Let's listen to his approach to two important questions: How can sick people remain sane? What would be a useful attitude to take? 


Accelerating your social impact

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

In the fall of 2017, Sebastian, Anina and Sinan, all students in Maastricht and all with a background of social engagement, came to a joint realisation: the city of Maastricht is full of beautiful student-driven initiatives that have a positive social impact on the city and its inhabitants. This led them to establish ImpactLab, a public accelerator for social impact, supporting those who do good to do better and stay well. 


If you want people to do the right thing, make it easy

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

The complexities of human behaviour and how we adapt to new routines fascinate Rodrigo Morais Prezia Paiva. New routines can come from completely new behaviours or changing ones that we have engrained. Nudging is a new approach where instead of building complex solutions to manage behaviours, a light touch can be used.


Dreaming with open eyes

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

Pilar González Vigil Reátegui comes from Lima. Her studies and work brought her to Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Pilar speaks about her desire to write a children's book and how her dream came true. 


Does money make you mean?

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

What do you think, does money make you mean? Paul Smeets, Associate Professor in Finance at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, investigated the influence of money on prosocial behaviour over the last few years. 

Traditionally finance researchers have only focused on how to behave
to earn more money. Paul flipped this question around and asked: Does having more money influence your behaviour?


Hope, Happiness and Stars

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

Nathalie Ummels is an education innovator, community-activist and world traveller with a passion for sustainability and dark chocolate. In her presentation, Nathalie talks about the unexpected life lessons from a family who hit the road and left everything behind.


Living in the Euregion: overcoming physical and mental borders

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

Mignon Schichel experienced how living in a border region prepared her for crossing mental and physical borders. Consciously or not, crossing physical or mental borders has played an important role at several stages in her life. 


Providing hope to children in the Gambia

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

For Mariëlle Daemen, starting a foundation had been a dream ever since she visited the Gambia for the first time. Back then, she witnessed poverty and many children not being able to go to school. This led her to co-found the Kids2School Foundation. 

Starting from the principle that education is a basic right for every child in the world, Kids2School is trying to give more children in the Gambia access to education. Children who out of poverty would never have a chance to go to school and as such could never hope for a better future for them and their family. For the sponsors of the children, the foundation provides a very direct, one-on-one opportunity to contribute to a better world as well.



Can Memory be Restored?

"Some memories actually emerge to protect us from danger."
"Can Memory be Restored?" from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol.31, Researcher from Maastricht University, Sarah-Anna Hescham shares new techniques that are being explored to manage and even restore memory loss. Remembering and forgetting are two important sides of the same coin that help us manage our day to day lives. But for some people, especially the elderly, forgetfulness is a common occurrence... Does a cure exist?

Read More

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.

  • Nadine Boesten

    Nadine Boesten (21) is a European Studies bachelor student at Maastricht University. In 2011 she started to suffer from epileptic seizures caused by stress. Nadine is determined to spread more knowledge about these kind of seizures throughout the world and will do an internship with the Epilepsy Free Foundation in New York City this summer. She will organise and speak at the second conference organised for people with this condition. She is planning to do a master in European Public Health after her bachelor in the hope to tackle problems she encountered with the current health system on a European policy level.

  • Peggy Thekkaekurikattukunnal

    Peggy is from Maastricht and worked and lived in different places (Namibia, Sudan) doing humanitarian work. Peggy and her husband were the founders of the innovative new economy model Crafts & Co and have now started Jeeva Holistic Life Programmes. Peggy is a life surfer, an organiser and energy creator and a member of the PechaKucha team in Maastricht! www.jeeva.eu

  • 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.