Personal science day 25 March 2022

PhD thesis defence

I will defend my thesis on Friday 25 March 2022 at 10:30 am CET at the aula of the Radboud University, Nijmegen. Members of the Doctoral Examination Board are: Jan Kremer, Effy Vayena, Tamar Sharon, Marina Noordegraaf, Sabine Oertelt and Teus van Laar. You can follow the livestream << online here >>.
You can download my thesis << here >>.

Personal science symposium

Later the same day, 3-5 pm CET, there will be an online symposium dedicated to the emerging field of personal knowledge creation. Speakers will include Bas Bloem, Jakob Eg Larsen, Thomas Blomseth Christiansen, Gary Wolf, and myself. The program will be a mix of keynotes, show&tells, Q&A, and a very special announcement… You do not want to miss it! << Sign up here >>

What is personal science?

Quoting the Wikipedia entry on the topic: personal science is “using science to solve your own problems“. In my PhD thesis, I define it as “the practice of exploring personally consequential questions by conducting self-directed N-of-1 studies using a structured empirical approach“. This is very much an emerging field and I am sure that the definition will be developed further as we keep working. More importantly, I am really looking forward to seeing the practice of personal science being developed further including concrete examples of how people use it!

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