UvA Alumni Chapter Washington Event

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Join the UvA Alumni Chapter Washington networking event with a lecture by Ralph Wijers: Star-crossed view from the banks of the Amstel: a century of astronomy at the University of Amsterdam.


Wednesday May 23rd 2018

19:00-19:30 Start of the event with coffee and Tea
19:30-19:35 Welcome by Dr. Alexander van der Horst, UvA alumnus and assistant professor of Astrophysics at The George Washington University
19:35-19:45 Update UvA news by Carolyn Wever, director Alumni Relations and the Amsterdam University Fund of the UvA
19:45-19:55 Introductory remarks by Prof. Chryssa Kouveliotou
19:55-20:45 Lecture by Prof. Ralph Wijers
20:45-22:00 Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres

About the speakers

Ralph Wijers is professor of High-energy astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API). He specializes in energetic explosions from extreme objects such as dying stars, black holes and neutron stars. He studied at Leiden University, received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, and went on to Princeton (Compton Fellowship), Cambridge (Royal Society Fellowship), and Stonybrook University (faculty position), before becoming a professor at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy. He is a VICI and ERC Advanced Investigator laureate, co-winner of the 2002 EU Descartes Prize, a member of multiple national and international scientific governing and advisory councils, and an editor of two astrophysics journals. He is Director of the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy since 2011. He has been interested in astronomy outreach from a young age, and been active in bringing astronomy to the general public throughout his scientific career, including public lectures at the 'Universiteit van Nederland'. 

Chryssa Kouveliotou is professor of Astrophysics at the George Washington University and founding Director of the Astronomy, Physics, and Statistics Institute of Sciences (APSIS). She specializes in several areas of high-energy astrophysics, including energetic explosions from extreme objects and magnetars, which are objects with the strongest magnetic fields in the Universe. She studied at the Universities of Athens and Sussex, and received her PhD from the Technical University of Munich. She also has honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and the University of Amsterdam. She has received several awards, including the 2002 EU Descartes Prize, the 2003 Bruno Rossi Prize and 2012 Dannie Heineman Prize of the American Astronomical Society, and the 2012 NASA Exceptional Service Medal. She is a member of multiple national and international scientific governing and advisory councils.


After the lecture, there will be an informal networking reception.

This event will be hosted by Carolyn Wever, Director UvA Alumni Relations and Amsterdam University Fund, and Alexander van der Horst of UvA Alumni Chapter Washington.


George Washington University
Science & Engineering Hall
800 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Lehman Auditorium, room B1220 (basement level)


Parking garage on H Street NW, between 21st and 22nd Street NW
Metro station Foggy Bottom/GWU across the street from Science & Engineering Hall


If you wish to attend, please register before 21 May. Admission is free of charge for UvA alumni, staff and students. 

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