Businet Brunches

The Businet Brunch is a monthly, one-hour informal get-together for members to discuss a current topic, with the support and direction of a guest (or guests) speaker. 

The events are promoted in the Businet News Update that is published every 2 weeks. Recordings of the sessions are available for members in the Businet Brunches Basecamp environment. 

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If you have any topic you would like to explore in a Businet Brunch, please get in touch.


Some examples of sessions held in 2023 are:

EU funding expert Paul Guest led a session on Tips for Creating a Successful Erasmus+ Lump Sum Funding Proposal ahead of the deadlines for the EU Calls for Proposals in early 2024.

Drs Rachel Dunk and Jordan Peel of new member Manchester Metropolitan University led a session on Carbon Literacy. How Higher Education Istitutions can develop a zero carbon culture which is critical to meeting climate targets, where enhancing climate literacy is a first step on this pathway.

Dr Kadri Haljas voted Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2023) by Smart City Tartu & Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, joined us to talk about her research, the impact of technology and her involvement with governments to change mindsets to create a more comprehensive mental health policy.  Innovation in mental health involves using technology and evidence-based practices to improve well-being. This includes virtual therapy, mobile apps, and implementing healthy practices in schools and communities.

Dr Sklor Zhang joined us to lead a session on ‘Fostering creativity and innovation through game-based learning’.

Pieter Van Boheemen, leader of the AI Institute at Rotterdam University of Applied Science explored the ethical implications of AI development and deployment, and how we can use tools like ChatGPT in a way that ensures that AI is aligned with human values and respects human rights. The Ethical AI: From Algorithms to Human Impact session demonstrated that AI is not just an extra tool, but redefines professional practices. 

Dr Allan Lawrence presented the results EU Erasmus Project EntreMWB which looked at the relationship between entrepreneurship and mental health illness in a session called Well being for Budding Entrepreneurs.

Dr Jessica Nooij introduced the network to their Positive Mind Monitor and how Avans University is using it to support the wellbeing of students and staff in a session entitled Postove Mind Monitor, The development if a mental compass to enhance wellbeing by using data-feedback.


Previous years sessions included:

Dr. Zeynep Azar, of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Presented a session entitled, ONLINE TEACHING: REFLECTION ON THE PAST YEAR AND LOOKING FORWARD, which led to vibrant discussions.

Diane Maes and Lies De Kock, who are both student counsellors for students with special needs at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences in Kempen, presented a session "Inclusive Work Placements for Short-Cycle students". The presentation led to full discussions amongst attendees.

Ria Slingerland, a Businet Board member led the discussions on “The Businet Year ahead" and “Issues relating to Internationalisation”.