Trauma Matters

May 9, 2023Paradiso Noord (Tuinzaal) Amsterdam
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Doors open: 19:30
Start programme: 19:45
Paradiso Noord (Tuinzaal)
IJpromenade 2

What exactly is trauma and what is the impact of trauma on mind and brain? Under which circumstances are people most vulnerable for the consequences of trauma exposure? What are the key factors that can buffer the impact of trauma? Can traumatic experiences and its effects on mind and brain be transmitted from one generation to the next? What does it essentially mean to recover from trauma?

Exposure to trauma is a relatively common experience. With its ancients roots, our stress system is a highly efficient and functional system and the majority of individuals recovers from experiencing trauma after an initial period of shock and distress. However, under certain circumstances traumatic events may leave long-lasting traces in mind and brain, with major consequences for wellbeing and functioning in daily life. This happens especially when traumatic events occur early in life and are chronic. With trauma being so prevalent these days, several questions need to be addressed in order to prevent widespread negative consequences, such as: under which circumstances are people most vulnerable for trauma and its negative consequences, what are the key factors that can buffer the impact of trauma, and how can we prevent traumatic experiences from being transmitted from one generation to the next?

This event is an initiative by the Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) with the support of NWA Route 2. Science & Cocktails Amsterdam is presented in cooperation with Paradiso Amsterdam.


  • 19:30–   20:15
    Cloud Cafe– 
  • 20:30–   21:30
    Bernet Elzinga– 

Talk by

Bernet Elzinga

Prof. dr. Bernet Elzinga is professor of Stress-related disorders at Leiden University and head of the section Clinical Psychology at Leiden University. With her research group she investigates the long-term consequences of trauma and stress on mind and brain. In her research she integrates different perspectives, from epidemiology, brain research and experimental psychology. She is particularly interested in intergenerational themes in the context of trauma and depression. Bernet Elzinga is trained as an experimental and clinical psychologist and philosopher (UvA) and psychotherapist and did her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For her research she has received several prestigious grants from NWO and she is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

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Music by

Cloud Cafe

The Amsterdam band Cloud Cafe writes inspired indie rock songs with folky roots. Reflective texts and the refusal to smooth out imperfections results in a disarming whole for the somewhat eccentric group. With less than a year on stage together, the band debuts on Excelsior Recordings. Their new single called 'Some Times' has just been released and their debut EP will be released on Friday 31 March, which will be presented on the same day in Paradiso.

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