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OUR TEAM

Podium is HU’s very own student platform that organises events with a socio-cultural focus, on themes that matter. At Podium, students develop and promote programmes themselves, to build a welcoming Podium-community within the larger HU-community. A combination of physical events and online sessions ensures an attractive list of accessible activities that anyone can join in on. As Podium is not tied to one physical location, we travel around like a nomad and get to discover all kinds of new, exciting places and venues in Utrecht, Amersfoort and the surrounding area.

This is our team!

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Eline (19) – programme creator

Hi! I work for Podium as a programme creator. I’m a first year Journalism student and I really enjoy it. Aside from my school assignments I already have some actual journalist gigs. I’m a reporter for Scholieren.com, Studenten.com, and Beeld & Geluid! In my free time I like to play the piano and the guitar and do some singing. This painting is called Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. I think it’s so beautifully painted, I could look at it all day and still discover new things!

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Amber (20) – programme creator

Currently, I’m a second year Journalism student and in my free time I make music. Singing and writing my own songs can be such a good therapeutic outlet for me. During my time at Podium I hope to combine my journalism skills and passion for music! The painting you see behind me is made by Gerald Slijngard in the nineties and hangs in my mom’s house. It depicts a group of Surinamese people dancing in their traditional attire in the city of Paramaribo. I’m half Surinamese and I lived in there for eight years.

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Sam (26) – programme creator

At Podium I work on the programmes about books and politics. I love reading, going to the cinema, and meeting up with friends. This painting was made by Joaquín Sorolla at Las Rotas. I’ve spend many holidays in that area because my grandparents had a house there. It’s a cliff next to the sea where my little brothers and me would play and look for seashells. I have many good memories of that place and I think it’s very special that a famous painter captured it in one of his works.

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Eva (22) – promotions officer

My job is to make our programmes known to students and employees. I’m in the third year of my Communications degree. When I’m not studying I love spending time in the kitchen. I prefer vegan dishes and I try to create my own recipes. Aside from cooking and eating I go to the gym four times a week. The painting in the background is by a Dutch painter called Rachel Ruysch. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Confrerie Pictura.

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Brecht (28) – programme creator

Since the summer of 2021 I create programmes for Podium. Aside from that, I am a third year Journalism student and I live in Utrecht. Behind me you see a painting by Piet Mondriaan. It’s titled “Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray, and Blue”, which literally tells you what you see. That simplicity is exactly why it’s one of my favourites, I even have it printed on a pair of socks!

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Lucas (23) – programme creator

At Podium I work on developing our programmes. I study Journalism and I’m passionate about anything related to radio. About this painting: I don’t even know who made it but I chose it because it’s so colourful. The more cheerful the better!

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Serena (22) – promotions officer

I’ve been working for Podium since October 2020 and together with our team I make sure the PR is running smoothly. I’ve got a Communications and Multimedia Design degree from the HU and now I’m doing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Utrecht University. I like working with visuals, culture, and people so Podium is a perfect match for me! Behind me you see the painting titled “Falling leaves” by Olga Wisinger-Florian. It depicts the fall, my favourite season!

Maureen (20) – promotions officer

I’m in the second year of my Communications and Multimedia Design degree and it’s exactly what I’m passionate about. For Podium I will be conducting target audience research with the aim of expanding our reach. With the information I gather we’ll be able to get more students familiar with our cultural student platform! The paining behind me dates from 1899 and was made by Claude Monet, a French impressionist painter. I chose it because it reminds me of spring. Going out into the sun for a walk while drinking a cup of coffee, delicious!

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Bas (22) - programme creator

Aside from my work as a programme creator for Podium I study Journalism and work as a web editor for 'het Utrechtse Jongerenwerk'. In my spare time you can often find me eating popcorn in the Louis Hartlooper cinema! The painting behind me is called 'The Tree of Life' by Gustav Klimt. I see this painting everyday because I have a copy of it in my bathroom - the place where I get my best ideas. So this painting is always there to witness them!

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Ivo (22) programme creator

I create English spoken programmes for Podium! I'm following a Teacher Education in English study and I'm currently in my second year. My hobbies include collecting LEGOs, keeping my plants alive, and musical theatre: both on stage and backstage. I'm very interested in chemistry and all things related to space. Behind me you see "The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh. I chose this painting because it depicts the galaxies and stars in our night sky. I like the infinite possibilities and probabilities. The vast space between them all in reality, while they seem so close together from our perspective. It makes me realise that we are so big on this planet yet so little in this universe.

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Corina (23) programme creator

I'm happy to be part of the English-speaking part of the Podium team and help the international students to feel at home. As a 4th-year Creative Business student and an adventure seeker, I'm always looking for an interesting ways of spending my free time. The main reason of joining the Podium team is the ability of using this quality and sharing it with other students. I want to help my fellow students think about social issues and also enjoy their time at the HU. Besides my studies, I enjoy watching psychological movies and painting to relax. In the background, you can see “San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk” painted by Claude Monet. I chose this painting because it shows the most breathtaking part of the day, in one of the cities I want to visit in the nearest future.

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Onur (27) promotions officer

I work on the execution and creation of the promotion strategy for our English spoken programmes. Besides that, I study the Master’s programme in Data Driven Design. I'm a creative and social person, who enjoys painting, being in nature, travelling, discussing social issues, learning new languages, and being a non-paid therapist for friends and family. Behind me you see "Cliff Walk at Pourville" by Claude Monet. I chose this painting because it's dreamy, nostalgic, has a lot of blue and green elements (my favourite colours), and combines human and nature.

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Samoa (27) communications officer

Within the Podium team my role is to make sure that we cater our events and programmes to a diverse audience. As an Anthropology graduate, I’m curious about the HU students and their view on the world. My world mostly revolves around good food, rugby, and craft projects. This painting is titled “The Circus” by Suzanne Valadon. She was one of the most famous French painters of het time and not afraid to take a swing on the trapeze. There is so much to see and do on this painting, just like at Podium!

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Roselyn (35) – marketing and communications coordinator

Together with the promotions officers I make sure that the amazing Podium events find an even wider audience. I myself am a cultural omnivore, I love going to concerts, independent films, debate programmes, literary evenings… But most of all, I love the visual arts, that’s why I study part time at the art academy in The Hague. The colours and composition of this painting by Hilma af Klint make me very happy. In real life the painting is three meters high!

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Jasper (26) programme coordinator

I'm the programme coordinator for the English spoken Podium events. Together with our team I will set up the International branch of Podium and make it a success! Both the team and the programme are still under development so I'm looking forward to what's to come. I love music, food, cooking, being outdoors, and I enjoy having people around. On the background you can see "Almond Blossom" by Van Gogh. I chose this painting because it shows how beautiful small things can be, and it was a gift to his brother. Family is important!