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RISE SYMPOSIUM “Science for a Viable Society”

21st November 2019 @ 09:00 - 18:00

On 21 November, the Researchers in Science for Equality (RISE) network will present a symposium for the Faculty of Science with the theme “Science for a Viable Society”. The focus of the talks will be on how (fundamental) scientific research can help solve problems of societal interest, such as the energy transition to sustainable alternatives, cancer research, or how to sustain a high level of biodiversity on our planet.


The programme of this exciting day will include talks from:

  • 9.00-9.30         Arrival/Coffee/Tea
    9.30-9.45         Opening/Welcome by Ans Hekkenberg
    9.45-10.10       Felienne Hermans (LIACS): The role of metaphors in programming education
    10.10-10.35     Laura Heitman (LACDR): Rethinking drug discovery – novel drug-target concepts as an essential paradigm
    10.35-11.05     Coffee/Tea
    11.05-11.30     Ellen Cieraad (CML): Bye bye dark sky – effects of light pollution on the environment
    11.30-12.00     Martina Huber (LION): Fundamental Research into Neurodegenerative Disease – How Wide is the Gap?
    12.00-13.00     lunch
    13.00-13.50     Anna Akhmanova (Utrecht University): Regulation of microtubule organisation and dynamics: seeing proteins and drugs in action
    13.50-14.15     Yamila Miguel (Observatory): Exoplanets: discovering the nature of strange new worlds
    14.15-14.40     Lies Bouwman (LIC): Development of an ethene sensor using copper compounds
    14.40-15.10     Coffee/Tea
    15.10-15.35     Annemarie Meijer (IBL): Good riddance: fighting tuberculosis by autophagy
    15.35-16.00     Vivi Rottschäfer (MI): Mathematics for the brain
    16.00-16.15     Johanna Schild (WUR): Perceptions of local water quality: time for women to rule the world?
    16.15-16.30     Closure/Good bye by  Ans Hekkenberg
    16.30-18.00     Drinks

The symposium will be moderated by Ans Hekkenberg. It will take place in the Havingazaal (Gorlaeus building) and is free of charge (including coffee/tea, lunch, and drinks afterwards). Please subscribe by registering at the following website:



We are looking forward to welcome many of our Faculty community (scientific and support staff, PhD students, postdocs) to this day!


21st November 2019
09:00 - 18:00


Gorlaeus Laboratories, LMUY, Havinga Lecture Hall
Einsteinweg 55
Leiden, 2333 CC Netherlands
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