On this page you will find the activities we will organize and have organized, and the planning for all new activities in 2020! We hope to welcome you soon at one of our events!
Due to the Corona measures all live activities are postponed until at least October 2020, we will keep you posted on any updates. New in our online assortment are an escape room and sustainability themed lectures.
Career Evening (live and online) - November 18th
Wednesday November 18th the career evening for 2020 will take place, for which we have three speakers for you. This year Yoran Zonneveld (Lapinus Fibers/ASML), Aukje Doornbos (DSM) and Wan Hon Chu (food industry including Friesland Campina, Aviko, AGRO Merchants Westland) will share their stories.
We decided to do part of the career evening online via a live streaming or via a Zoom or Teams event. More details will be announced in a later stage.
Online Theme Evening: Sustainability in Business - 7th of October
Following the success of the on-line pub quiz, the VSI/e board has decided to organize another online event: a theme evening.
The subject is “Sustainabiliy in Business”. Reason to choose this subject is that: "sustainability in business remains not only a driving force, but is becoming the only way to do business"(Quote of Rob Koremans, CEO of Nutreco).
We are please to announce that two speakers have confirmed their contribution: Dr. Boukje Huijben, Assistant Professor Sustainable Business Model Innovation at our TU/e and Mr. Jose Villalon, Corporate Sustainability Director at Nutreco.
Nutreco is amongst others global supplier of Shrimp and Fish feed. Their Sustainability Report 2019 is published on their website (see www.nutreco.com).
Both speakers will address this subject from their expertise, so a nice mix of scientific development & innovation and the global practice at Nutreco.
The date is set on Wednesday October 7th, 2020 at 20h00.
We hope you will join us on this subject.
Online Escape Room - 11th of September
Custom made by the VSI/e: a new online activity for you! Can you puzzle your way out of 5 rooms with random teams and time pressure? Every room a new team and a new topic, all related to chemistry and chemical engineering. Join us in the evening of September 11th, at 20.00 hr via Zoom.
VSI/e Online Pubquiz! 22nd of May
The first online VSI/e activity was a great success! More then 8 teams were challenged in 5 diverse rounds, made by the board through vlogs and a music round. With Zoom, 25 people can be shown simultaneously.. Using Break Out rooms, teams could discuss privately and come up with an answer and board members could enter the room to check for 'cheating'. After the quiz the winners were announced and there was time to socialize.
This will become a recurrent yearly event!
VSI/e-Japie activity: Cantus - Postponed
This year, the annual activity with Japie will be a cantus. A cantus is a mix of singing songs and drinking beer. A praesidium (the supervisors of the cantus) will provide a set of rules, which have to be followed. These rules might involve drinking some beer ;)
More information can be found online: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantus
If you have any more questions or concerns, please send an e-mail. It is not recommended to come by car.
The time schedule for the evening is as follows:
- 18h30 Start at F.O.R.T.
- 18h45 Dinner
- 20h00 Start cantus
- 22h00 End of the activity
! This activity is postponed due to a preventive Corona policy, attendees will get an email notification.
January 31st - VSI/e GMM
For this years GMM we did not stay on campus like last two years, but went to Strijp-S. We started with a cultural walk around Strijp-S with two great guides. They told us about the buildings, new and old, and the history of Philips and others in and around this area. Afterwards there was a fine dinner at Popei, were they served 28 people of the VSI/e with a 3-course meal. At the third floor there was a music/dance practice space we used for the meeting. Some important topics we discussed:
- The new members fee of 2021 will be 20 euro, with a discount of 5 euro if you pay with automatic payment or if you pay before February 1st.
- The members fee of 2021 will be settled in January
- The members fee of 202o will be settled in Q1
Pictures of this activity can be found in the Photo Gallery
Year Overview 2019
February 1st – VSI/e GMM
Friday February 1st the yearly general members meeting was organized. This year we stayed on campus and had the premiere tour through the newly opened main building: Atlas. A student Civil Engineering guided us and told about the colaboration with Philips using smart lights which could be controlled with your own phone through an app. Furthermore there was a new kind of windows used which opened by moving outwards. And the new lecture halls looked great! After the atlas tour there was a kind of photo search over the TU/e campus with facts about the buildings and their history. In the FORT a buffet was served and afterwards we had our general members meeting. This meeting our secretary for many years, Hans van de Donk, resigned and Koen Kuijpers took his place. Furthermore, it was agreed that the members fee, starting from 2020, will be 15 euro instead of 11. After the meeting we had a drink in the FORT which was a success as always!
February 26st – Brazilian percussion with Japie
On 26 February we met for the yearly activity with the student association of Japie. With a total of 15 enthusiastic students and VSI members we started in the ForT with some eating and chatting. At 19.30 the workshop started, everybody could choose one of the instruments: several type of drums or a shaker or triangle. One by one the instruments were introduced each with their own rhythm. Finally we were able to form our own orchestra. It really sounded professional. We ended the evening again with a drink in the ForT.
March 15th – Theme Evening
March scheduled the theme evening where the topic of Health Innovation was touched upon. Carmen van Vilsteren, director Strategic Area Engineering Health, kicked off and elucidated the global challenges on healthcare and explained the focus areas within TU/e. The director of the Institue for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), Professor Jan van Hest, explained the route from molecular assembly to regenerative medicine based on two examples: 1) nanochemistry within thrombosis recovery processes, and 2) the engineering approach to regenerate living tissues for the human heart valves. The Eindhoven student team iGEM showed the “Gelcatraz: A novel platform for living materials” for which they won a golden medal at the global iGEM competition organized by the highly reputable ITM institute. Reinder Haakma from Philips closed the session by presenting Philips mission and strategy on healthcare innovation.
May 10th – Lustrum Reunion
May 10th 1994 it all began, the VSI/e was founded. 25 years later we celebrated this on the exact same date at the PSV stadium with a lustrum reunion. We started off with a walking dinner of 5 courses in the Verlenging. Afterwards there were some speeches, a thank you to our theme evening key organizers and the retirement of Robert Kint from the VSI/e board. Furthermore our first VSI/e Lustrumbook was presented, and every member could get a peace (they are still available at our webshop). An 8 piece jazz band played the rest of the evening a nice mix of famous jazz and pop songs. A great way to celebrate this fifth lustrum!
June 13th – BBQ, Faculty ST
Thursday June 13th, Japie and the faculty of chemical engineering organized there yearly BBQ, after the sports tournament of Japie. Students, co-workers, VSI/e members and benefactors of Japie were invited. Good weather, good food and a lot of good conversations!
Augustus 30st – BBQ 2019, VSI/e
This year we choose again for the Tennispaviljoen at the Student sport center Eindhoven for our yearly VSI/e BBQ. The BBQ included several types of meat, fish and vegetarian, so everybody could choose whatever he/she wanted. The weather was good, so we could sit outside all evening. A total of 42 people, including partners, joined. Except for the late delivery of the bread a successful evening.
September 19th – Cycling with Japie Maastricht-Eindhoven
Only two alumni dared to get on their bikes for the annual cycling tour of the department of Chemical Engineering. One of them even got up early to cycle to Maastricht as well. This year length of the official tour was 107 km and it included three Dutch hills with slopes up to 14%. After singing the Japie anthem at the statue of Jan Pieter Minckelers a group of about 25 people started enthusiastically. They only had a short while to warm up their muscles as the first climb of the day already appeared after 5 km. Almost everyone made it to the top cycling. After surviving the hills and enjoying a ride along the river, it was time for a well-deserved lunch. During the second part of the day, the group split up to smaller groups with different speeds. Luckily, the alumni finished in the top 5, so they had a first pick at the barbecue. Hopefully next year more alumni will join this event ;)
November 20th – Career evening
In November, it was time for the career event that started with an excellent Greek buffet in our loving faculty bar the F.O.R.T., where speakers and the big group of participants of the career event also enjoyed a lovely beer. As usual for the career event, there were 3 speakers with varying experience in the field. The first speaker was our president by Mellany van Heijningen-Ramaekers, currently working at Aspen Oss B.V, who spoke about the first years of her career. A great example that a career and a family can go hand in hand. The second speaker was Jeroen van Hooijdonk who presented a very interesting career at Shell. Last, but certainly not least, Harrie van de Westelaken who displayed a long and intriguing career, which ended with his own consultancy firm named HCW Consultancy. After the talks, the careers were widely discussed with a good beer in the F.O.R.T., and even after the F.O.R.T. was closed, outside the very interesting discussion went on for at least half an hour. Again gratitude to all the speakers and hopefully in 2020 we also see a big group of participants.