Science communication event: a great success

Monday’s CPC eventIMG-20151207-WA0003 organized by Dr. Joost van Spanje was very successful. The event saw a wonderful performance by all six contributors. After Prof. Claes de Vreese’s opening of the event, Joost presented his work on legal, media, and political reactions to anti-immigration parties in Europe. After this, Prof. Bert Klandermans (VU) talked about his work on political and social exclusion of anti-immigration activists. Following these two academic presentations, a panel of three experts discussed Joost’s and Bert’s findings and talked about their own experiences with anti-immigration politicians. These three were former EU commissioner Frits Bolkestein, Groene Amsterdammer editor in chief Xandra Schutte, and Elsevier editor in chief Arendo Joustra. The panel discussion was stimulating and really well led by Dr. Piet Bakker (HU). The ensuing discussion involving the audience, in a full C10.20 room, was very lively and inspiring. Finally, discussion was continued with drinks in the wonderful setting of the REC C building 10th floor with a view over Amsterdam.