SuperNova is all about the future of tomorrow, bringing to life new technologies and positive changes that will emerge. The question is: What happens when we look a bit further into the future? How will technology change our lives? Are we going to travel time? Will cancer still exist? Get a glimpse of the future at SuperNova where scientists, futurists and experts share their thoughts on topics, questions and issues that will impact how we live, eat and move in the future!

Discover these talks at SuperNova on Sept. 29 (Saturday) and Sept. 30 (Sunday) at the Conference Hall:

10:40 & 13:40: How do you build a time machine: Survival tips for time travellers

11:00, 14:00, 16:00 & 18:00 (17:30 on Sunday): Innovations for a sustainable world by VITO

11:20 & 14:20: Seaweed is the food of the future

11:40 & 14:40: Can we make people invisible soon?

12:20 & 15:20: Can we cure every cancer in 10 years?

12:40 & 15:40: #Internet or Th!Ngs? *

13:20 & 16:20: Aliens and Star Sound

How do you build a time machine: Survival tips for time travellers

Pieter Thyssen (KU Leuven)

Would you like to dino hunt in the past or buy an iPhone 314 in the future? It is possible! In theory at least. In this talk, Pieter invites you to find out how to turn a wormhole into a time machine, discover why it wouldn’t be smart to shoot your own grandfather in the past, and learn how you can accidentally become your own mother.

Talk starts at 10:40 & 13:40 on Saturday & Sunday

Seaweed is the food of the future

Marieke Schoonhoven (EOS)

For the cultivation of seaweed, no fresh water and agricultural land is needed. This is a big contrast from the food we know today that thrive on land. Will seaweed be the food of the future? Eos Tracé will give you the answer! This fascinating talk about seaweed and its humble history will not only give you the opportunity to learn more about how it can potentially be the food of the future, you will also have the opportunity to taste seaweed snacks!

Talk starts at 11:20 & 14:20 on Saturday & Sunday

Can we make people invisible soon?

Vincent Ginis (VUB)

When he meets new people at a bar, the first thing he asks is which superpower the person in front of him would like to possess: Would they like to fly like Superman, be as strong as the Hulk or be invisible like Harry Potter? In this talk, Professor Vincent Ginis will talk about why invisibility cloaks will no longer be surrealistic in the future anymore.

Talk starts at 11:40 & 14:40 on Saturday & Sunday

Can we cure every cancer in 10 years?

Filip Lardon (University of Antwerp)

It is a well-known fact that one in three men and one in four women will receive a cancer diagnosis for his/her 75th birthday. Together with us, Professor FIlip Lardon dreams of a world in which every cancer becomes treatable. Will it ever get this far? Learn more about the promise of a cancer-free world in a clear and hopeful reading from one of Belgium's leading cancer specialists.

Talk starts at 12:20 & 15:20 on Saturday & Sunday

#Internet or Th! Ngs? *

Dries De Roeck (Studio Dott)

You can't open a (technology) magazine without reading something about the 'Internet of Things', a world in which everything is connected to the internet. But what does Internet of Things refer to, why does it keep us so captivated and why should _you_ care? In this talk you'll learn more about a human centered view on internet connected 'things'.

Talk starts at 12:40 & 15:40 on Saturday & Sunday

Aliens and Star Sound

Katrien Kolenberg (University of Antwerp & KU Leuven)

Are we alone in the Cosmos? Discover the answer to this question from an astronomical point of view. As an astrophysicist professor Katrien Kolenberg studies the sound of the stars and invites you to look at (and listen to!) stars differently. Because stars are the starting point when we try to find alien life.  

Talk starts at 13:20 & 16:20 on Saturday & Sunday

Innovations for a Sustainable World

Lieven Scheire (VITO)

Curious about which clean technologies VITO is developing for a sustainable future? Lieven Scheire takes you on a fascinating conference in tow through the wonderful world of innovation, technology and sustainability.

Come to the VITO Sustainability Pavilion at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00 Saturday & Sunday. The last talk on Saturday is at 18:00 and at 17:30 on Sunday.

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The SuperNova festival is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience, occupying “Het Eilandje” in Antwerp. Feed your curiosity and discover the new ideas and technologies for tomorrow!  

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