Open Mind Lab

In the Open Mind Lab (OML), you work in a small group of WUR-students (5-7 people) to prepare a Studium Generale programme. The starting point is a broadly defined subject. You work together to narrow the focus and design an inspiring and thought-provoking programme. This could for example take the form of a lecture series. As an OML-student, you participate in the entire development process of the event(s). From the demarcation and exploration of the theme, through the planning discussions with the speakers, to the practical organization and the moderation of the programme.

I found the Studium Generale lectures so interesting that I went almost every week. After a lecture, there is always room for discussion, questions or a conversation with the speaker in question. This makes the concept of Studium Generale so great. You find yourself in a place with people who are there voluntarily and who are sincerely interested, and you can notice that.

How does OML work?

You can sign up as a group or as an individual. When signing up, you can indicate which of the six suggested subjects you prefer. For the next OML (starting in October 2020) those are:

  • What is going on in Latin America?
  • The future of the cities
  • Mindfulness
  • Biased algorithms
  • Is lying the new norm?
  • A topic derived from reading a book together (chosen in consultation with the Studium Generale team)

You can also come up with a suggestion for a topic yourself.
An OML programme is shaped through an intriguing exploration of the subject matter. This group journey takes place over a ten-week period, culminating in the execution of a Studium Generale programme. Throughout this process you are coached by a Studium Generale programme designer.

For whom is OML?

Are you a WUR-student and interested in exploring fascinating and thorny
topics and reflecting on these with a wider public during public events? Are
you intrinsically motivated and keen to develop your skills and competences while exploring academic reflection in practice? If you are on the look-out for a unique and enriching group work experience, then OML is for you!

What is there to gain?

You broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding regarding the chosen topic. Beyond this, you practice academic reflection and its translation into an extracurricular educational programme. At the same time you develop important skills and competences such as cooperation, organization, writing, communication and concision. Finally, for inclusion in your personal development portfolio or curriculum vitae, you are awarded a proof of participation which demonstrates your commitment and time investment in the OML programme.

Time investment and registration

The group meets regularly with the SG programme designer. Usually this takes about an hour a week, schedules permitting. Next to this, your own personal investment will be one to two hours per week for reading, doing background research and practical organization. There are two OML opportunities per academic year, starting in October and in January respectively.

The next OML-projects are scheduled as follows:

  • Preparation in October-December, programme taking place in January/February (deadline registration 25 September 2020)
  • Preparation in February-April, programme taking place in May/June (deadline registration 25 January 2021)

If you are interested in participating in an OML, fill in the form
at the right side of this page. 

The availability of OML opportunities will depend on the registration load and corresponding availability of Studium Generale staff.