Explore your Brain event kicks off

As part of the 175th TU Delft anniversary celebrations, an event called Explore your Brain kicked off yesterday at the TU Delft Library. The programme includes workshops, lectures and interactive exhibits all about the brain.

For one month, the library is turned into a brain fitness centre. (Photo: Katja Wijnands)
For one month, the library is turned into a brain fitness centre. (Photo: Katja Wijnands)

According to Najiba Abdellaoui, project leader and communications advisor for the library, they wanted to focus on a topic relevant to both the library and the university Lustrum theme "Technology for Life". The idea of "turning the library into a brain fitness centre for a month" was chosen and a cross-functional team of library colleagues set out to bring their ideas to life. Working together with Sports & Culture, International Festival of Technology and Studium Generale, the group came up with a programme that Abdellaoui said they are very proud of.

The agenda aims to inspire participants to learn more about their brain and what is known so far about how it works through workshops, lectures and a provocative debate. During the event, students, staff and the general public are invited find out how to get the most out of their brain, with or without technology.

Stimulate your senses

Abdellaoui said they will highlight the fact that TU Delft offers a wealth of brain-related research. There will also be plenty of opportunities to explore: stimulate your senses in a digital shower, discover how superfoods and music can influence your brain, meditate on the roof, train your brain with challenging games and more.

Though the library has offered brain-related activities in the past, this is the first time they will offer such a diverse programme on the topic. In addition to the exhibits, they have created Brainboxes with theories about the brain and experiments for primary schools in Delft. "We hope to learn from the Explore your Brain weeks which specific brain-related themes and activities appeal to students, colleagues and the general public so that we can take that into account when we organise brain-related activities in the future," said Abdellaoui. "There is so much more to learn and to do around this topic, the brain is a very rich subject."

Although most of the events are free and ongoing, some workshops have limited space and require registration for 5 euros.

For more information about the full programme click here.