This year, the annual conference Bessensap is hosted in De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, on Friday 16 June. Bessensap is organized by NWO and VWN (organization for science communicators) and brings scientists and science communicators together.
Traditionally the prestigious More info
Spinoza prize is awarded at this event.
Scientists are invited to submit a proposal for a 15-minute talk on their recent research.
Giving a talk at Bessensap is great exposure researchers; the majority of Dutch science journalists attends this conference. Scientists are asked to explain in a proposal (max. 200 words):
-Why is it interesting for media?
-What kind of presentation?
-Your contact info: name, email, position, research institute, research area
Marileen Dogterom, Professor bionanoscience in Delft and Professor molecular physics in Leiden, will take a seat at the KNAW board as of June 1st. She is appointed for four years, one day per week. Dogterom succeeds Nobel Prize winner Ben More info
Feringa, who completed his term.
Marileen Dogterom (1967) leads the Bionanoscience department of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the TU Delft. Since 2000 she has also been affiliated with the Leiden Institute of Physics, initially by special appointment and later as full professor. Dogterom is one of the pioneers in the area of biomolecular physics. Her research focusses on the cytoskeleton—micro tubes that give living cells their shape and mechanical function, and enable them to divide. In her lab, Dogterom recreates parts of a cell in a controlled environment to get a quantitative understanding of the mechanics behind the cytoskeleton. Her work lays an important basis for the development of artificial cells.
Dogterom is Medical Delta Professor, member of EMBO and Academia Europaea, and received an ERC synergy grant in 2013.
KNAW board per June 1st
José van Dijck (Utrecht), president
Wim van Saarloos (Leiden), vice-president
Philip Scheltens (VUmc), general secretary
Marileen Dogterom (Delft/Leiden)
Marc Groenhuijsen (Tilburg)
Maarten Prak (Utrecht)
Rick Quax from the University of Amsterdam will give an LCN2 seminar on March 24th at 16:00 in the Science Club, titled 'Quantifying systemic instability in networks using information dissipation'.
A network of ‘agents’ can generate a complex More info
systemic behavior. Examples include human cognition emerging from a network of neural cells, ecosystems from food webs, and cellular regulatory processes from protein-protein interactions. A first important question is: which agents are the ‘drivers’ of the systemic behavior? A second question is: can we detect emergent phenomena, particularly ‘criticality’ (susceptibility to small perturbations)? We address these questions using the concept of ‘information dissipation’ which we are developing. This is the idea that Shannon information is first stored in an agent’s state, and then percolates through the network due to the agent-agent interactions. I will present recent work on addressing the above questions through analytical results, computational modeling, and finally real data analysis of financial derivatives data around the Lehman Brothers collapse.
This weeks marks the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council. For the past decade, the council has contributed to many scientific projects all over Europe, including Leiden University. It has funded almost 7,000 researchers, leading to just short of More info
100,000 scientific articles. A total of fifty ERC subsidies have been granted to Leiden scientists. Five of those went to physics research groups.
Tjerk Oosterkamp was awarded an ERC starting grant in 2008. ‘That helped me to upgrade my research from atomic force microscopy (AFM) at room temperature to magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM) at ultra-low temperatures of milliKelvins,’ says Oosterkamp. ‘I used the grant to work at the IBM lab in California for half a year to learn the technique and to build the necessary equipment.’ In the nine years since, Oosterkamp and his research group have applied MRFM in their lab and managed to measure magnetic relaxation at the nanoscale. This is essential for getting contrast in future MRI-scans at the nano level.
Carlo Beenakker even received two ERC grants, in 2009 (Advanced) and 2012 (Synergy). ‘The Advanced grant was for studying graphene,’ he says. ‘That was only recently discovered at the time, and we had already done some prior research so we were in a good position to set up a broader study on the material’s properties.’ Beenakker obtained a Synergy grant in 2012 for building a quantum computer together with TU Delft. ‘Our aim was to build a computer composed of 1 qubit within ten to twelve years. We expected that industry would take over from there. This went faster than predicted; companies have already invested around ten times the grant money in our research. Some people ask if we could have managed without the money, but I still think we needed it to plant the seed and make it grow into the large project it is now.’
ERC Starting Grant
Tjerk Oosterkamp (2008)
ERC Advanced Grant
Michel Orrit (2008)
Carlo Beenakker (2009)
Joost Frenken (2009)
Askes SH, Leeuwenburgh VC, Pomp W, Arjmandi-Tash H, Tanase S, Schmidt T, Bonnet S (2017) Water-Dispersible Silica-Coated Upconverting Liposomes: Can a Thin Silica Layer Protect TTA-UC against Oxygen Quenching?, ACS Biomater Sci Eng, 3, 322-334. [Abstract][DOI][pdf]
C. Cirillo, S. Voltan, E.A. Ilyina, J.M. Hernández, A. García-Santiago, J. Aarts and C. Attanasio (2017) Long-range proximity effect in Nb-based heterostructures induced by a magnetically inhomogeneous permalloy layer, New J. Phys., 19, 023037. [DOI]
23 March, 09:00, HL 207
Extra BSM Seminar Christopher Engelhard: Leveraging light: Using EPR to study signal transduction in biological photosensors
24 March, 16:00
Van der Waals Colloquium Silke Buhler-Paschen (TU Wien, Austria): TBA
30 March, 16:00, GL - LUMY 04.28
Van Leeuwenhoek Lecture on BioScience Jonathan Sherratt (Edinburgh) : "Using mathematics and history to predict the future of semi-arid vegetation" read more