Room for Discussion is the platform of Study Association Sefa and the Faculty of Economics and Business that organises weekly interview sessions. Every week during lunchtime, professors, entrepreneurs, politicians, CEOs, journalists and other guest speakers will take their seat on our characteristic Chesterfields, ready to debate on interesting economic topics and actualities. The brand new Room for Discussion podium is situated in the central hall of the E-building at the Roeterseilandcomplex of the University of Amsterdam. The weekly interview sessions are open for everyone.
In September 2008, the American bank Lehman Brothers fell. This bankruptcy marked the beginning of the most devastating financial crisis that the world has ever seen. The crisis affected the whole world and profoundly changed the way people looked at economics as a science. People started discussing the causes and effects of the financial meltdown around the globe, as were people at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. What was happening? And how could this happen?
A group of students, led by Maurits Kruithof, started Room for Discussion as a means to facilitate this discussion, and to bridge the gap between economic news and economics as a science. Since then, Room for Discussion has organised weekly hour-long interviews concerning economic topics. In the central hall of the Faculty of Economics and Business, leading economists, politicians and entrepreneurs sit down on our Chesterfields to discuss recent events, politics and economics. By combining a journalistic approach with scientific rigour, Room for Discussion connects the world of academia with reality.
In the past, Room for Discussion has had the honour of receiving a variety of guests including Christine Lagarde, Mario Draghi, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Frans Timmermans, Larry Summers and Thomas Piketty.