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Sustainable City Concepts

Thursday November 30th

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

Even though cities take up less than three percent of the land, more than half of the world’s population lives in a city and more than two-thirds of global emissions are generated in metropolitan areas. These regions face diverse challenges related to climate change, mobility, transportation of goods and waste, food security, and public health. To overcome them, new solutions are needed that change the way we create, use, and experience our cities. In this Science Café, we take a look at the concepts and technologies that will shape the cities of the future, and discuss their effects on our world, our society, and our life. What will be our road to the future? Prof. dr. ir. Huub Rijnaarts from Wageningen University and prof. dr. ir. Arjan van Timmeren from TU Delft will introduce us to the diverse city concepts currently discussed and studied, and will dive into the role of technology in sustainable cities. The evening will be moderated by Jelle de Gruyter.

Prof. dr. ir. Huub Rijnaarts is professor in Environment and Water Technology at the sub-department of Environmental Technology of Wageningen University. His research interests are in water technology, resource recovery and creating resilient cities.

Prof. dr. ir. Arjan van Timmeren is professor of Environmental Technology & Design at the department of Urbanism at TU Delft and scientific director of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). He is a specialist in sustainable technology and area development.

PREVIOUS SESSION: 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.