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Julia Cramer wins Minerva Prize 2017
Julia Cramer is the winner of NWO's Minerva Prize for 2017. Cramer will receive the prize for her research in the field of quantum science and technology. Once every two years, the NWO Domain Science (ENW) awards the Minerva Prize for the best physics publication by a female researcher. The committee was very impressed by the quality of an article that appeared in Nature Communications in 2016, of which Cramer was the lead author. In that article, she and her co-authors showed that it is possible to protect certain quantum states against errors. Cramer will be awarded the prize during the annual Physics@Veldhoven conference in January.

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Innovative physics research receives over 2 million euros in NWO Physics Projectruimte
The board of NWO’s Domain Science (ENW) has granted funding for five proposals in the NWO Physics Projectruimte, a granting instrument for small-scale projects that propose innovative fundamental physics research that has a scientific, industrial or social urgency. The following five proposals were granted funding (in alphabetical order by author):

  • Delineating entropic contributions in beta-strand formation – S. Abeln (VU)
  • Dynamic phase transitions in tunable systems – H. Hilgenkamp (UT)
  • Ultrafast collective surface diffusion on mesoscopic length scales – A. van Houselt (UT)
  • Advanced active antiferromagnetism: A new route for nanoelectronics – H.J.M. Swagten (TU/e)
  • Darwin on a chip – W. van der Wiel (UT), P. Bobbert (TU/e)

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Eight researchers who recently obtained their doctorate in the field of Physics received a Veni grant worth 250,000 euros from NWO
Veni grants provide highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to develop their ideas further over a three-year period. Eight of the 154 grants were awarded to researchers working in the field of Physics.

Dutch Physics News interviewed Dr C. (Cristina) Martinez-Torres about her research on extending the life of blood clots by mechanical deformation to improve wound healing.

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Events

 

Workshop Physics with Industry 2017
On 20-24 November 2017, NWO and the Lorentz Center organise the 8th edition of the workshop Physics with Industry. The aim of this workshop is for young physicists to create original solutions for industrial problems, for them to get introduced to industrial R&D and for companies to get in touch with young talents.
Please visit the website of the Lorentz Center to register. The registration deadline is 2 October 2017, at 2pm.

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Physics @ Veldhoven 2018
Physics@Veldhoven takes place on 23 and 24 January 2018. It is a large congress that provides a topical overview of physics in the Netherlands. The programme covers Light and matter, Atomic, molecular and optical physics, Nanoscience and nanotechnology, Statistical physics and Soft condensed matter, Surfaces and interfaces, Physics of fluids, Subatomic physics, Plasma and fusion physics, and Strongly correlated systems.The plenary speakers for this year are Julia Yeomans – Oxford, Johanna Stachel – Heidelberg, Hari Manoharan – Stanford.

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Zombies, superbabies and robots: 3 days of science at the Lowlands Festival
The twenty-fifth edition of the Lowland Festival held in august at Biddinghuizen in the Dutch province of Flevoland offered lots of science as well as music. Lowlands Science and Mind of the Universe included live talk shows about the Secrets of the Universe with particles physicists Ivo van Vulpen and Freya Blekman, and about The Magic of Quantum Computers with quantum physicist Ronald Hanson among others.

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People

 

Meet Kas Maessen
Kas Maessen was appointed Head of Procedures and Quality at NWO’s Science division on 1 April 2017.  

His main task is to optimize the primary processes at NWO. Maessen: “We have to ensure that our procedures are high quality and enjoy adequate support in the field. And they have to contribute to the development of science.”

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Marc Hendrikse new chairman Topsector HTSM
As of September 12, Marc Hendrikse (CEO NTS-Group) is the new chairman of Topsector HTSM. He succeeds Amandus Lundqvist, who has been chairman since the start in 2012.

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ERC Starting Grants for Daniela Kraft and Milan Allan
This year, two Leiden physicists have earned a prestigious ERC Starting Grant. With a budget of 1.5 million euros, this is one of the largest individual grants for scientists. Daniela Kraft receives her ERC grant for research on the behavior of so-called colloids—particles of a millionth of a meter. Milan Allan is receiving his ERC grant for research on quantum materials.

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ERC Starting Grant for Ewold Verhagen
AMOLF group leader Ewold Verhagen (Photonic Forces) has received a Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC uses the Starting Grants to support talented scientists in the early stages of their career in pursuing ground-breaking projects for a duration of five years.

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2017 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize for Erik Heijne
The 2017 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the EPS for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics is awarded to Erik H.M. Heijne (NIKHEF), Robert Klanner, and Gerhard Lutz “for their pioneering contributions to the development of silicon microstrip detectors that revolutionised high-precision tracking and vertexing in high energy physics experiments”.

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APS Fluids Dynamics Prize for Detlef Lohse
Detlef Lohse, Professor of Physics of Fluids at the University of Twente, will receive the prestigious Fluid Dynamics Prize of the American Physical Society (APS). It is a prize for world's top scientists in the field.

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New calls

NWO promotes partnerships with SMEs with last calls in KIEM-HTSM and LIFT-HTSM pilot
In the pilot of KIEM-HTSM and LIFT-HTSM there will be two final calls with deadlines in december. These calls focus on collaboration between physicists and SME's within the Top Sector HTSM. In KIEM-HTSM researchers can apply for funds for collaborative physics projects with small and medium sized enterprises (SME) within the Top Sector High-Tech systems and materials. In LIFT-HTSM researchers can apply for funds for medium sized collaborative physics projects with private partners within the Top Sector High-Tech systems and materials.

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Call 'START-UP' : deadline 5 October 2017
The NWO Domain Science introduces START-UP. Recently appointed professors, associate professors, assistant professors as well as tenure track researchers can use a START-UP  to form and develop a new research group. Only researchers appointed to a post in one of the areas of focus ('onderzoekzwaartepunten') in physical or chemical research recognized by the Breimer Committee may submit an application. The deadline for submission of applications is 5 October 2017. 

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Research news

 

‘Nano-hashtags’ could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
In Nature an international team of researchers from TU Eindhoven, QuTech, TU Delft and the University of California – Santa Barbara presents an advanced quantum chip that will be able to provide definitive proof of the mysterious Majorana particles. These particles, first demonstrated in 2012, are their own antiparticle at one and the same time. The chip, which comprises ultrathin networks of nanowires in the shape of ‘hashtags’, has all the qualities to allow Majorana particles to exchange places. This feature is regarded as the smoking gun for proving their existence and is a crucial step towards their use as a building block for future quantum computers.

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Deadlines

 

 

 

 

3

oct
2017

 

Investment Grant NWO Large

14.00 uur

 

 

5

oct
2017

 

START-UP

14.00 uur

 

 

12

dec
 2017

 

LIFT-HTSM for Physics

14.00 uur

 

 

19

dec
 2017

 

KIEM-HTSM for Physics

14.00 uur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

 

 

19

Sep
2017

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20

Sep 2017

 

Future Energy Conference

Eindhoven

 

 

2

Oct 
2017

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3

Oct
 2017

 

DutchBiophysics

Veldhoven

 

 

6

oct 2017

 

Nacht van de Wetenschap

Den Haag & Utrecht

 

 

12

oct 2017

 

Science in a digital world

Amsterdam ArenA

 

 

20

Nov 2017

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24

Nov 2017

 

Physics With Industry

Lorentz Centrum, Leiden

 

5

Dec 2017

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7

Dec 2017

 

CHAINS 2017

Veldhoven

 

 

23

Jan 2018

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24

Jan 2018

 

Physics@Veldhoven

Veldhoven

 

 

 

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