A unique academic network

"Share ideas, share insights"

    The Louis Bonaparte Society is an open society for graduate students and PHD candidates from research master programs at Utrecht University.
    We gather over dinner and drinks in an atmosphere of friendship, in order to learn from each other and share ideas.
    In short, our aim is to continue the noble quest for truth – and do it in the most pleasant of circumstances.



      Bona-Party Poland

      June 26th

      Who’s going to Warsaw? Louis is going to Warsaw! With you! On June 26th! And you’re not coming back until the first of July!

      We’re in the planning stages of developing a wonderful excursion for this summer’s outing. We don’t have the full details yet, but rest assured, it will be no less awesome than last year’s trip to Budapest.

      We’re estimating...

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      Socially Scientific with Louis

      April 7th

      You are cordially invited to attend this season’s introductory meeting to the Louis Bonaparte Society. At 8pm on the 7th of April, we will come together at the Grand Cafe Maria for an evening of fun and games backed by good drinks and great discussion. To attend, it’s not necessary to be a fellow, and there are (as always) no...

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      LOUx Utrecht

      January 13th

      Louis was surfing the ‘net the other day and came across something that left quite an impression . But he’s got a bone to pick with this Ted guy. Why does he get all the good stuff? Why are people always giving speeches for him? Unacceptable. His request? Present for him something in the same style—but better.

      Therefore, we present...

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      Louis Discussions - Diederik Stapel and Marcel van Assen

      December 16th

      As the Louis Bonaparte Society is maturing and expanding throughout the years, we, the board, are thinking about new ways to promote intellectual interdisciplinary discussion, in addition to the circle and plenary meetings. As part of this development, we will be trying out a new concept on the evening of the 16th of December.

      On the evening of the 16th of...

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      December Circle Meetings

      December 2nd

      Eight circles met up in December, spread throughout Utrecht. Is there anything cozier than sitting in a group of interesting people, eating tasty food and discussing ideas? Louis is pretty sure there’s not. On Monday, we discussed topics ranging from uncertainty and weighing the benefits of living in the now versus planning for the future, to initiating social change,...

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      November 2013 Circle Meetings

      November 4th

      Last week, for the first time after the grand opening, lots of fellows gathered around cozy tables, with delicious foods and inspiring topics. On both Monday and Tuesday, five circles took place, for a whopping record of ten in total!

      Circle meetings took place all over Utrecht and even in Den Bosch and Veenendaal. With topics ranging from The Science Delusion,...

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      Grand Opening 2013

      October 3rd

      On an auspicious night on the 3rd of October, approximately one-hundred enthusiastic research master students and PhDs gathered in the marvelous grand hall of the Academiegebouw. The crowd was an eclectic mix of thoroughly diverse backgrounds and disciplines, made up of old fellows, new fellows and not-yet fellows alike. Louis was truly pleased to find so many new faces that...

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      September 2013 Circle Meetings

      September 9th

      Last week, we had three circle meetings once again.

      One circle participated in a lively discussion about Syria over homemade pizza and salad. While no obvious solution to the conflict was found (if it had been, the intention was to promptly inform the UN), the discussion continued not only to the rooftop terrace atop David’s place, but further into the night...

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      August 2013 Circle Meetings

      August 5th

      August’s circle meetings were a bit smaller than expected, but consisted, nevertheless, of two great circles. On Monday, fellows enjoyed a salad at Bart’s place and discussed human nature, aggression and war. In Tuesday’s circle, the fellows learned that Evelyn can play piano gorgeously, Robbert stuffs a mean bell pepper, and that no one is really quite certain exactly how...

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      Pancakes in the Park

      July 2nd

      Louis had around 40 fellows gathered together in the griftpark to enjoy Louis’ favorite dish by far: pancakes!

      Enjoying the pleasure of the nice pre-summer sun kissing our faces, we enjoyed a multitude of different flavors of pancakes. It was great to see so many of our fellows together in one place, talking happily about summer plans, philosophy, or their research.

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      Louis Does Budapest

      June 14th

      Last week a delegation of the Louis Bonaparte Society enjoyed a 4-day trip to one of the most beautiful cities Europe has to offer. It was an absolutely amazing trip, with many wonderful moments that will never be forgotten. Louis’ royal Facebook gallery already features some pictures so that those who witnessed all the greatness can already start reminiscing, and...

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      June 2013 Circle Meetings

      June 3rd

      This month was the second time the same circles met up and discussed various topics, being the fallible way by which science generates knowledge, diminishing cultural differences due to globalization, and the dangers of ‘news-creating journalism’. Whereas the Monday circles were forced to seek out the comfort of Pascal and Niek’s homes due to suboptimal weather circumstances, the Tuesday circle...

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      May 2013 Circle Meetings

      May 6th

      Did we luck out or did we luck out?! The Monday groups had some of the best weather this year. Split half and half between barbecue in Lepelenburg Park discussing Jenny’s thesis topic over stereotype threat, and rousing discussion over generational differences, complemented by Brenna’s lovely dhal/tikka masala masterpiece, the groups combined to end the night in style with great...

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      Bonaparte Banquet 2013

      April 9th

      In April, more than 30 fellows followed Louis‘ invitation to his banquet and plenary meeting at the Centrum EMMA. It was great to see so many fellows at once plus some new faces. We were especially happy that some of the latter decided to sign up and join Lobos as new fellows. A maestoso welcome to all of you!


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      March 2013 Circle Meetings

      March 3rd

      In March, the fellows met each other for the second time in the same Circle format. Since the fellows already knew each other from the February Circle Meetings, they could dive in directly into discussing this month’s topics: “Selecting Non-Disease Traits and the Degeneracy of Parenthood”, “Mechanism, Definition and Ethics of Olfaction” and “On the moral and legal responsibilities in...

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      Our Society


        What is our Philosophy?

        Lobos started with a very basic assumption: that we can reach greater heights by standing on each others' shoulders. We believe that the greatest ideas come up when people toghether combine their knowledge and insights. But just as standing on someone else's shoulders requires trust and familiarity, so does sharing your insights. Lobos wants to tackle this problem by forming a society based on low-threshold interaction and friendship. For this, we draw inspiration from history: from the ancient Greek town of Miletus where philosophy was born, to Vienna where the 'Wiener Kreis' had a great defined effect on modern science.
        As a society we gather over dinner and drinks in an atmosphere of friendship, in order to learn from each other and share ideas. We provide research master students at Utrecht University with the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary discussions, and bridge the gap between the various graduate schools. Our aim is to continue the noble quest for truth – and do it in the most pleasant of circumstances.

        Academiegebouw Utrecht

        What is our Goal?

        Lobos consists of two pillars; The first revolves around building an Academic Network: four times a year, young researchers are brought together to socialize and meet other scholars. The second pillar is the formation of Circles: small groups of students who approach a common theme from different angles. Circles meet every four weeks at the residence of one of the members, with the host or hostess of the evening providing dinner, drinks and a topic to discuss. This can be either a paper, a particular research topic or an idea related to the theme.

        For example a theme such as 'determinism, free will and responsibility' will have a theoretical physicist, a neurologist, a psychologist, a philosopher, or a lawyer all bring (quite literally) something different to the table in a discussion.

        Academiegebouw Utrecht

        Who was Louis Bonaparte?

        Louis Napoléon Bonaparte (1778-1846), nicknamed 'Lodewijk de Goede', was King of Holland and lived in Utrecht, first at Achter Sint Pieter and later at Drift. He contributed substantially to Dutch culture and science. Not only did he introduce the first Criminal and Civil Code, he also founded the predecessors of the National Library, the Rijksmuseum, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He is most famous, however, for a mistake he once made when trying to speak Dutch. As he stood in front of a large crowd, he said: "Iek ben konijn van 'Olland" (I am the rabbit of 'Olland).


          "The interdisciplinary character of the Louis Bonaparte Society enables students to approach and discuss important contemporary topics from different viewpoints. The establishment of this society fits perfectly in our University's objective to encourage the formation of communities."

          "A platform for discussions on scientific and philosophical topics, but also a network for future academics. The Louis Bonaparte Society is the first initiative in Utrecht that focusses exclusively on research master students. Elitist? Not really. Intellectual? Pretty much."

          "The Louis Bonaparte Society provides me with an opportunity to gain deeper insight into science and the quest for knowledge, by broadening my horizon to other areas of research than my own. To do so over dinner and wine is a perfect example of, as we Dutch say, combining the useful and the pleasurable."

          "The Louis Bonaparte Society was founded in the belief that the next Darwin, Einstein or Nietzsche might live just around the corner, and that it would be great to get in touch. The concept, by which talented young scientists share ideas and insights of their own in an atmosphere of friendship, might work even better than expected. It may turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy."

          "The Louis Bonaparte Society is an academic network founded by students for students. The accessible and equal character of our society provides an atmosphere of kinship which at the same time challenges you to participate in in-depth discussions with motivated fellow students. Gather around each other’s tables and think about topics beyond my own discipline has contributed in many ways to my field of research."

          "I was really inspired by the group of young people and the idea behind the Louis Bonaparte Society. The dynamics of the discussions, the vitality of various topics, and of course the interdisciplinary contrast of viewpoints that makes Lobos so unique."

          "As a curious individual, I am very happy that the Louis Bonaparte Society brought me into contact with many inspiring people who challenge me intellectually and broaden my horizon."

          "I really enjoy the interdisciplinary aspect that enables me to discuss findings from my own research area with people from other sciences, helping me gain new perspectives and insights."