13 Oct Behind the scenes at Science Park Open Day
Amsterdam Science Park is not just home to the Faculty of Science, but also to several science institutes and companies. Research at Science Park ranges from nanolithography and sub-atomic physics to artificial intelligence. Usually the research facilities are off-limits to the general public which means they are often subject to speculation. On 3 October Science Park opened its doors on the annual Open Day. For those who missed this chance to take a look behind the scenes, we’ve whipped up a photo reportage.
The Faculty of Science
National research institute for mathematics and computer science
The national research institute for mathematics and computer science (Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica, CWI) was packed with puzzles, games and demonstrations. Introductions to programming and lectures about online privacy and security also provided food for thought for the adults.
At the National Institute for Subatomic Physics there were experiments and demonstrations related to the Large Hadron Collider and research on dark matter. The workshop full of electronic and mechanical technologies was open to the public and curious youngsters could watch their candy grow in a vacuum machine.
FOM Institute AMOLF is one of the research laboratories of the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter. During the Open Day, they organised open labs where you could build your own solar cell, make research instruments and discover some of their research methods.
These photos are only a snapshot of the activities on 3 October and there is still plenty of room for speculation about the research that is going on at Science Park. So, my advice is to come and see for yourself next year and make sure you wear your comfortable shoes. Science Park is bigger than you may think!
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