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Room for Discussion

The interview platform of the University of Amsterdam

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Room for Discussion

Room for Discussion is the platform of Study Association Sefa and the Faculty of Economics and Business that organises weekly interview sessions. Almost 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 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.

What can I learn as a committee member?

As a member of Room for Discussion you are trained to become an all-rounder. The first step is to come up and plan the interviews with relevant names from the business, politic or academic environment. Afterwards you prepare the interviews together with another committee member. You read for a period of three week everything about this topic or person, prepare a plan and have meeting with the critical committee to optimise the structure of the interview.

Besides the content you also learn the practical side. You will learn the answer to the questions like: What does a minister have for lunch? How do I invite an international CEO to come to the Netherlands and how to promote an interview through online and offline channels to assure that students from all of the Netherlands will visit the interview sessions.


Lisa Schallenberg, Chairman Room for Discussion 2017-2018
“As interviewer at Room for Discussion I maintain the contact with people who or in the top of their work field. Besides the fact that it is special to question people in a critical way, I also find the organizational aspect really challenging. As committee member you are at the same table with press officers from politicians and CEO’s who see you as a serious player. The degree of responsibility that comes with this committee is something you do not often experience as a student. It is an enormous instructive and challenging committee, where we all work together to reach the highest degree of professionalization. “