An evening of science
Wednesday, 24th May 2022
Doors Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 22:30
Café Restaurant Rootz
Grote Marktstraat 14, 2511 BJ Den Haag
Angelica will talk about the role of genomics in the development of Biological Control Agents. There is an urgent need to replace agrochemicals in EU and the world with alternatives that lead to a more sustainable agriculture. Biological Control Agents have been successfully used in some crops and places, but there are still many interesting scientific questions that we can help answer with genomic tools.
Angelica will also talk about her experience as a woman minority in STEM transitioning from academia to industry.
Angela Cibrian Jamarillo
Senior Scientist R&D- Associate professor
These spectacular properties of quantum objects can be exploited in our favour to create technology. One prominent example are quantum computers, powerful machines that are predicted to be very efficient at solving some of the most formidable problems of our time. If ever built, quantum computers could revolutionize the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, material science and many more.
But how to build one? Scientists in industry and academia are eager to crack this challenging puzzle, in what has been coined the second quantum revolution. In this talk, we will learn how quantum computation works, what makes it so special and where we are in the race to enable the first universal quantum computer.
Pablo Cova Fariña
DNA origami is a nanotechnology technique that allows scientists to fold and manipulate DNA molecules into specific shapes and three-dimensional structures. This is achieved by using a long strand of DNA, called a scaffold, which is held into the desired shape by shorter DNA strands, called staples.
DNA origamis have several advantages: for example, scientists can reach a high level of control over the structural features, and it is possible to combine them with other macromolecules, such as proteins. The resulting DNA structures have many potential applications in various fields, including medicine, materials science, and electronics.
Quantum mechanics in miniature electronics
Have you ever wondered how modern electronics got so fast and powerful? The answer lies in quantum mechanics. We created smaller electronic components by applying principles of this Physics branch, resulting in more compact and powerful computers with improved performance. As we continued to shrink electronic components, we accessed quantum behaviors of electrons that only occur at the nanoscale. We will explore how these phenomena led to new technologies, including atomic-resolution microscopes, USB drives, and high-resolution TVs.
The darkness observed between the stars on a clear night sky is far from empty, and a buzzling chemistry takes place on icy dust grains that float around in interstellar space. In this talk, Dr. Thanja Lamberts will tell how small and well-known molecules, like water or methane, form and will hypothesize whether sugars or amino acids form in the same way. She will touch upon a combination of experimental and computational results that link to recent observations with the James Webb Space Telescope that help to explain the ice-cold chemistry in stellar nurseries.