About The Mind of the Universe

The Mind of the Universe is an international tv series and open source digital platform about the rapid evolution of our knowledge. It explores the human destiny and the world of tomorrow through the eyes of great minds from all continents all over the globe.

The Mind of the Universe is a unique and unprecedented open source project in its scope and intention to provide all raw footage for free to everyone interested in learning and knowledge.

The interviews were produced in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Dutch public broadcaster VPRO for a tv series featuring Robbert Dijkgraaf. The project was made possible by NPO.

The open access video platform was built by The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.


Please share with us your use of the videos and thus contribute to The Mind of the Universe.


Check the VPRO website for a selection of contributions. Please share your own productions on Twitter using #vprothemind so we can find it.
All tv-episodes will be available on VPRO's YouTube-channel and in Dutch on the VPRO-website.
Yes please! With your help we are hoping to create a new series.
Try Wikipedia, their institutes (see below) or use your preferred search engine. Good luck!
On the main interview page, click "More videos with <name>" and discover extra footage you can watch and download.
For now this is it but we hope to create a new series with your help!
This selection is the result of a combination of tv-research and recommendations by other scientists. But there are many more scientists out there worth interviewing.
Full credits including use of Creative Commons-images can be found here.
Most subtitles were automatically generated so they may contain errors.


The Mind of the Universe would like to thank all scientists and their institutions:
  • African Insect Science for Food and Health, Kenia
  • Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • Deep Space Industries, USA
  • Duke University Medical Center, USA
  • Emerging Analytic Center, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Erasmus Medisch Centrum, Netherlands
  • Erasmus University, Netherlands
  • Flerov Institute for Nuclear Research, Russia
  • Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Harvard University, USA
  • Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
  • Hubrecht Instituut, Netherlands
  • Institute for Advanced Study, USA
  • Institute for Neuroscience of Natal, Brazil
  • Instituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada, Brazil
  • Joint Institute for Nuclear research, Russia
  • Kavli Institute, USA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
  • The Vatican Observatory, Italy
  • Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, Netherlands
  • University of California, USA
  • University of Chicago, USA
  • University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • University of Irbid, Jordan
  • University of Montreal, Canada
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • University of Tallinn, Estonia
  • USTC Shanghai institute, China
  • Wyss Institute, USA
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