Please note most of the MatchPoints Seminar programme will be held in English.


Thursday May 24, 2018
10.00      Opening of the MatchPoints Seminar 2018
Venue: Lake Side Lecture Theatres, Room: Per Kirkeby
Welcome by rector at Aarhus University Brian Bech Nielsen
Welcome by chief executive in the City of Aarhus Niels Højberg

Keynote: Professor James Heckman, University of Chicago

Should Denmark invest More – or Differently – in Early Childhood?
12.00Lunch at Samfundsfagenes Kantine (building 1321)
14.45Coffee and network
16.45End of 1st day programme
19.00Evening programme with debate (IN DANISH)
Friday May 25, 2018
09.00Keynote speaker: Professor Guy Standing
Rentier Capitalism and the Precariat: Arguments for Basic Income
09.50Coffee and network
11.45Transfer for lunch
12.00Lunch at Samfundsfagenes Kantine (building 1321)
14.30Coffee and network
16.30End of workshops Day 2
16.40Bus transfer for The Concert Hall Aarhus, Thomas Jensens Allé, 8000
17.00Reception at Concert Hall Aarhus (Foyer)
17.45Speech by professor James Heckman, Chicago University
Education, Inequality and the Welfare State
18.30Panel debate about education, inequality and the Welfare State
Read more about the evening and the panelists here
19.45Dinner at Restaurant johan r at Concert Hall Aarhus
(for registered participants only)
Saturday May 26, 2018
08.30 Registration
09.00Welcome og introduction to the Saturday programme
09.05 Who is afraid of economic growth? Demystifying disruption

In 2017, the Danish government launched the Disruption Council in order to guide a maintenance check of the Scandinavian model. The Disruption Council will conclude its work in the autumn of 2018. What is at stake, where is the discussion moving forward, and where has it grinded to a halt? Against this backdrop, Professor Philipp Schröder will review the fundamental drivers of economic growth, the central interaction of technology and globalisation and the way that reallocation forces in the economy and labour market play out and strain existing structures and policy solutions. Hear a unique insider’s account of what is at stake and which policy responses are conceivable. The plenum session is held by Philipp Schröder, Professor of Economics at Aarhus University and member of the Danish Governments Disruption Council.

09.50 Coffee and network
10.15 Plenum workshop on Social Robotics: 
New Paths to Discovering What Matters in a Human Life
Part I:
Raising the Issues: How to Develop Social Robotics Applications that Increase Human Welfare (read more about the workshop here)
12.15Lunch and network at the foyer at Lakeside Lecture Theatres
13.15A taste of the theatre performance ROBOT DREAMS
Imagination along and across the boundaries between human and machine: a scene of Robot Dreams, performed by the ensemble Meinard-Krauss-Feigl. Online exploration of personal responses.
13.45 Coffee and network
14.15 Plenum workshop on Social Robotics: 
New Paths to Discovering What Matters in a Human Life

Part II:
How Far Will We Go? Exploring Our Cultural Imagination of Robots and Humans
(read more about the workshop here)

15.35 Conference close by Professor by Jørgen Elklit
15.45 End of MatchPoints Seminar 2018
Goodbye and see you for the next MatchPoints Seminar in 2019!