Amsterdam Science Park Open Day

2021-10-02 11:00 | 2021-10-02 17:00

Discover more about the secrets of the universe or the surprising properties of smart materials during the Amsterdam Science Park open day. Or take a look behind the scenes, for example in the greenhouses of the University of Amsterdam during a guided tour.

After a year in which the Open Day could not take place due to coronavirus, this year a hybrid form has been chosen, partly in-person and partly online. On October 2nd, there will be live lectures at the Science Park at various locations, and tours for small groups.

Due to the renovation, however, the Nikhef building will remain closed.

The full live and online program is available here: Website of Amsterdam Science Park (Dutch only)
All live (in-person) events are subject to registration.

Suzanne Klaver (LHCb) and Chris Van Den Broeck (Gravitational Waves) will give lectures on behalf of Nikhef.

Black holes, neutron stars, and ripples in spacetime
Speaker: Chris Van Den Broeck (Nikhef)
Time: 11:00, location: Turing Hall Science Park 125

Throughout the universe, there are super-small ripples of spacetime. They are so small that we don’t notice them. And only in the last five years have we had the instruments to measure them. But now that we can, gravitational waves can teach us many new things. For example, physicists and astronomers can look at black holes, neutron stars and dark parts of the universe in a new way. Discover the wondrous universe of gravitational waves during this lecture.

On the hunt for a new force of nature
Speaker: Suzanne Klaver (Nikhef)
Time: 14:00, location: Turingzaal Science Park 125

Physicists at Nikhef want to know how everything is built and works at the tiniest level. They do this with the help of particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Current models describe four fundamental forces of nature and different types and shapes of elementary particles. But what if there is another force of nature at play? In this lecture you will learn more about particle accelerator research and the journey of discovery of the researchers involved.