NL- Gravity & Astrobiology Symposia

The next NL-Gravity symposium is a continuation of the Platform Microgravity meetings that were held as input for the Roadmap Microgravity. This Roadmap was used as input for the ESA Ministerial Conference in December 2005. See also the Platform Microgravity Nederland for this. The meeting is hosted by Prof. Gerrit Kroesen, research group EPG of the faculty of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and will take place on Wednesday May 17th. 2006, in meeting room Spectrum 2.03 nearby the Faculty of Physics. Use this link for travel directions.


10:00 - 10:20
Welcome / coffee
10:25 - 10:30
Introduction, G. Doeglas (NIVR) (Presentation in Dutch), J. van Loon (DESC) (Presentation in DFF)
10:30 - 11:00 
1st speaker: Rolf de Groot, SRON. Download presentation in Dutch in PDF (5.1MB)..
11:00 - 11:30
2nd speaker: "Muscle adaptation to unloading". Edwin Mulder, Inst. Fundamental & Clinical Human Movement Sciences, RU, Nijmegen.  Download presentation in PDF (3.2MB).
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
3rd speaker: "Plasma Physics experiments". Gerrit Kroesen, EPG-TU , Eindhoven.
12:15 - 12:45
Tour lab + centrifuge: G. Kroesen.
12:45 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
4th speaker: "Protein crystalization in microgravity induced by gradient magnetic fields". Elias Vlieg, IMM Solid State Chemistry, RU Nijmegen.
14:30 - 15:00
5th speaker: Heleen de Brabander, Ministerie van Economische Zaken. Download presentation in PDF (1 MB)

When you intend to come and use lunch : please send an e-mail to: J. van Loon with cc to Mw. R. Boom before May 12.

Previous meetings:
A dedicated DELTA symposium to discuss the preliminary results of this Soyuz mission. The meeting was held at ESA-ESTEC 2nd December 2004.

The third NL-Symposium was held at the Free University in Amsterdam on 15 and 16 of May 2001. The first day was mainly dedicated to (micro-) gravity related research while the second day was more focused on ideas and research in the area of astrobiology. A total of about 75 persons participated in the symposium. We were pleased that also this year we could welcome some participants from abroad like Germany, the USA and Belgium as well as various contributions from the European Space Agency, ESA. During the first day various presentations were given on ongoing projects involving gravity as one of the tools or variables for research. The second day was something new for the Netherlands; astrobiology. Not that astrobiology is a new research field, on the contrary. Astrobiology, the origin of life on Earth and possibly other planets (exobiology) has been a subject of interest and investigation for centuries. The novelty for the Netherlands was to have a general platform where to present and discuss the various projects.

These informal meetings are intended for the exchange of scientific data and ideas, providing a platform for future collaborations, as well as a point for information regarding the use of the various ground-based and in-flight facilities available for basic sciences and application in the fields of (micro-) gravity and astrobiology research.

An overview of the last symposium (May 2001) is available by program or abstracts. Some papers / presentations are fully available, linked to the respective abstract. Contents of previous symposia (official opening DESC (Jan. 1999) and 2nd meeting in December 1999) are available at: 'Program Dec. 1999', 'Abstracts Dec. 1999' and 'Program Jan. 1999'

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