Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck – Kate Adamala

The Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck is back again on Friday 6th May, 20h00 CET!

This fifth episode of season 2 of the Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck will be streamed live on our YouTube channel Late Night Conference with WH (don’t forget to subscribe & watch our previous exciting episodes!) from Theaterzaal C, where we are excited to have you in our audience!! Get your free ticket here to watch the show LIVE*. Please pay attention – no ticket is needed if you only want to watch the stream on YouTube!

With us will be Kate Adamala, Professor of Genetics at University of Minnesota, who will be guiding us through her fantastic research on Building Artificial Cells!

Kate Adamala wants to make life from scratch! As Professor at University of Minnesota working on the origins of life and building a synthetic cell, Kate’s work touches on astrobiology, synthetic cell engineering, and biocomputing. Kate and her team create tiny bioreactors. These have applications in synthetic biology, drug development and biosensing. Join us at Theatrezaal C while we interview Kate on the big screen & get your questions ready for the live Q&A!

Also don’t miss out our fourth episode of this exciting season. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, as well as subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates.

*corona rules permitting

Growth Fund Grant For Robot Lab

Big congratulations to Wilhelm Huck and and his collaborators for receiving a Growth Fund Grant for Robot Lab! The aim of this new research programme is to combine chemistry and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to build a robot lab!

For more information please click here.

Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck – Pablo Lanillos

The Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck is back again on Thursday 14th April, 20h00 CET!

This fourth episode of season 2 of the Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck will be streamed live on our YouTube channel Late Night Conference with WH (don’t forget to subscribe & watch our previous exciting episodes!) from Theaterzaal C, where we are excited to have you in our audience!! Get your free ticket here to watch the show LIVE*. Please pay attention – no ticket is needed if you only want to watch the stream on YouTube!

With us will be Pablo Lanillos, Assistant Professor at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, who will be guiding us through his fantastic research on Artificial Intelligence!

Pablo Lanillos will be joining us IN PERSON at Theatrezaal C! Imagine a future where robots can perceive and act with their bodies, just as humans do… Pablo will guide us through his fascinating research that aims to bring this to life! Combining artificial intelligence and machine learning, Pablo is inspired by neuroscience to unravel the mysteries of our own self-perception. So why wait? Get your free tickets now to join in our live discussion that will undoubtedly enrich your perceptions too!

Also don’t miss out our third episode of this exciting season. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, as well as subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates.

*corona rules permitting

International Dinner

Last Friday we were together enjoying exotic dishes at the PhysOrgChem International Dinner! We proved that nearly every chemist is also an outstanding cook with 18 dishes from participants, representing around 12 national cuisines! The winner was 🇬🇧Oliver with his delicious Shepherd’s Pie!

Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck – Josh Bongard

The Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck is back again on Thursday 17th March, 20h00 CET!

 

This third episode of season 2 of the Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck will be streamed live on our YouTube channel Late Night Conference with WH (don’t forget to subscribe & watch our previous exciting episodes!) from Theaterzaal C, where we are excited to have you in our audience!! Get your free ticket here to watch the show LIVE*. Please pay attention – no ticket is needed if you only want to watch the stream on YouTube!

With us will be Josh Bongard , Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont and director of the Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory, who will be guiding us through his fantastic research on Xenobots!

 

What would life look like on other worlds? Harnessing ideas from evolutionary biology, Josh Bongard and his team have evolved virtual creatures on the computer to not only study this curious question, but also to engineer better and more adaptive robots in real life. By creating multiple virtual worlds each with their own forms of artificial life, unique phylogenetic trees emerge to give us a glimpse into the wonders of evolution! Taking this concept further, Josh and his collaborators have engineered soft robots using frog cells (Xenobots) whose 3D structure was inspired by virtual robots. Amazingly, these Xenobots can move and assemble new versions of themselves!

 

Also don’t miss out our second episode of this exciting season. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, as well as subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates.

*corona rules permitting

Trip to Burgers’ Zoo

In February our new Social Activities Committee organised a trip to the Burgers’ Zoo. We waved to elephants, Roelroels, sea lions and many other animals!

Attention to all chemistry students in Ukraine

Reaching out to all chemistry students (MSc or Phd level) in the Ukraine. If you are working on a topic related to (physical) organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, or biotechnology, Prof. Wilhelm Huck can offer a 6-month research visit to his lab in the Netherlands. We will cover all your expenses, and provide you with all necessary facilities to continue your studies and research.
Get in touch to see how we can help.

Late Night Conference with Wilhelm Huck – John Glass

We are excited to share that our second episode of the second season of the Late Night Conference will not only be streamed on YouTube, but also have a live audience in Theatrezaal C!

This time our guest is John Glass!

John Glass
Professor of Synthetic Biology, J. Craig Venter Institute

As professor and leader of the JCVI Synthetic Biology Group, John Glass pushes the boundaries of synthetic biology. Dr. Glass was part of the team responsible for creating the famous synthetic bacterial cell, Synthia. With an expertise at the intersection of molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis, RNA virology and microbial genomics, he has led numerous society-changing projects over the course of his career. Some of which include the development of a synthetic influenza, as well as creating cells and organelles with redesigned genomes to engineer microbes to make useful products. This lecture is not to be missed!

Watch the episode live on YouTube Thursday 10 February 2022, 20.00-21.00 CET.

ERC Proof of Concept Grant for Prof. Wilhelm Huck

We are happy to announce that Prof. Wilhelm Huck has been awarded an ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant for his research on “Commercial feasibility of a cell-free reactor setup for optimisation of complex enzymatic pathways”!

Read more about it here and here.

Build a Cell seminar by Roel Maas

Yesterday (7 February, 2022) Roel Maas presented his and Bob van Sluijs’ work about a new pipeline for the characterization of cell-free synthetic genetic networks at the Build a Cell seminar series. In this pipeline a combination of microfluidics, optimal experimental design and database fitting is used to tackle the modularity problem in forward engineering of synthetic genetic networks.

Interested and want to know more? You can rewatch the seminar here.