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Wednesday, 24 May 2023
Doors Open 19:30 | Event 20:00 - 22:00
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Kaiserstraat 2, 2311 GR Leiden

Tiny but Mighty:
Sea butterflies as a marker for oceanic climate change

PhD candidate Lisette Mekkes got inspired to study sea butterflies (planktonic snails) because of their wonderful shell shapes, incredible diversity and significance in the marine environment. Despite their cheerful appearance, the future might be rather grim because their existence is considered to be threatened by changing ocean chemistry, driven by increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. By unravelling the secrets their shells withhold Lisette aims to understand how vulnerable pteropods are to ocean acidification.

Lisette Mekkes

PhD Candidate

Naturalis Leiden 


The History of VR: An Ancient Pursuit

Miguel Mira is a PhD student in Moving Image at the University of Coimbra and Media Studies at the University of Leiden. After a degree in digital animation (Full Sail University, Orlando, USA) and a master's degree in digital technology (Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands) he now carries with him the conviction that the intersection between art and technology are fundamental pillars of the human condition, which is why he ultimately dedicated his career to teaching and researching this paradigm

Miguel Mira

PhD Student

Leiden University

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