How Telescopes help us explore our Universe

Thursday October 26th

19:45 live music by Troubagroove
20:15 speakers
Café Loburg

The invention of the telescope dates back to the early seventeenth century, right here in the Netherlands! This technology for visualising objects at astronomic distances quickly spread through Europe. Leading scientists such as Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler and Christiaan Huygens already applied telescopes in astronomy, making many breakthrough discoveries about our solar system. In four centuries, those early telescopes have come a long way. Covering the whole range of the electromagnetic spectrum, virtually every angle of the cosmos is being observed, with enormous telescopes on top of mountains, as antenna arrays spanning large parts of Europe, or even in orbit around Earth. The impact that telescopes, and astronomy as a whole has had on our society is immense, as they helped us find our place in the universe, challenging long held ideological beliefs. In this exciting Science Café, Matthew Kenworthy from the Leiden Observatory and Joeri van Leeuwen from ASTRON will introduce us to this intriguing field of science.

Matthew Kenworthy is an Associate Professor at the Leiden Observatory. His research interest focusses around the search for extrasolar planets and the techniques that can help us find them.

Joeri van Leeuwen is researcher at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, as well as Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He has built some of the most sensitive radio telescopes in the world in order to better understand radio pulsars and neutron stars.

PREVIOUS SESSION: Organs on a chip

Thursday September 14th

19:45 live music by 2MusE
20:15 speakers
Café Loburg

The development of new medicines is a costly and time consuming process. But suppose that the time could be shortened, and the techniques would be cheap, therewith making medication available much more rapidly? That sounds futuristic, but could be just round the corner.

Currently, a lot of effort is put into so-called Organ-on-a-chip technology. With these small devices that consist of small chambers filled with cells from specific human organs, connected through small channels, the regular organ physiology can be emulated, even with several organs on one chip. It is clear that this way of medicine development could change everyone’s life drastically, but how far is science, and what can we expect?

With great pride we announce that we found prof. Albert van den Berg (2009 Spinoza prize laureate) willing to tell us about his specialty. He will talk about technical developments that have taken place, give us a preview on the future we can expect, and of course take part in a discussion with the Wageningen audience.

Exploring and discussing science with professionals, funky music and a drink.