Five years of ‘Amsterdam Science Now’

In collaboration with the Faculty of Science

20Jan2020 20.00 - 21.30


The 10th issue of ‘Amsterdam Science Magazine’ is out! We celebrate this festive fact with an evening during which three contributors of the magazine explain their research.

Amsterdam Science Magazine was founded five years ago by a group of inspired scientists who aimed to show the diversity and high quality of scientific research within Amsterdam. Several institutions joined their initiative. In the magazine, scientists themselves tell about their research in the fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, earth sciences, informatics and the medical sciences. During this evening we meet the editors, hear their stories and toast to a new decade of science writing. Amongst other topics we discuss ‘Hunting for ghost particles at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea’ and ‘What tiny magma droplets in olivine minerals tell us about the deep earth’. 

About the speakers

Janne Koornneef is assistant professor in Geochemistry at the Earth Science department of the VU University. She studies the composition of the Earth’s mantle and the volcanic rocks derived from it. More specifically she is interested in the processes that control variability in the composition of lava. In her talk this evening she will explain how tiny drops of magma in a mineral called olivine can tell us something about the composition of deep layers of the earth.

Priyanka Rao-Ruiz, tenure track post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research of the VU University. She studies the way memories are stored in our brain. In her talk she will explain how recently discovered techniques make it possible to trace the formation of memories on the level of individual brain cells.

Lodewijk Nauta is PhD student at the University of Amsterdam and Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics. He will talk about the Cubic Kilometre Neutrino Telescope, or KM3NeT, a telescope that will be build at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea. The telescope will make it possible to measure properties of the poorly understood neutrino particles, also known as ghost particles.  

Sabine Spijker (moderator) is full professor at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research of the VU University. She is program leader of the Amsterdam Neuroscience program ‘Mood, anxiety and Psychosis’.  In 2015 her work was honored with a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), which she used to expand her research into the molecular basis of depression.

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