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Science & Cocktails: Nanomaterials & nanoplastics


Science & Cocktails: Nanomaterials & nanoplastics

Science & Cocktails is a series of public talks by scientists with live music and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand. Martina Vijver will talk about nanomaterials and nanoparticles and the added risk of size. Afterwards, nothing toxic, just tasty cloud-like flavours of homemade cocktails recipes, and live music.

Monday 4 March 2019
Paradiso Noord, Tuinzaal, IJpromenade 2 in Amsterdam
19:30 doors open for cocktails
20:30 Martina Vijver (talk)
21:40 Letric Letric (live music)

Tickets: €10,50 / €5 (student/CJP/Stadspas)
Event in English, semi-seated.

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What are nanomaterials? Are they a hopeless threat to our environment? Or are nanomaterials also a sustainable promise for the future? How do we prevent potential risks of nanoparticles and technological innovation? What do we know about the behaviour of nanoparticles and their uptake by tiny aquatic organisms such as daphnids, zebrafish larvae and microbes?

Nanomaterials are microscopically small particles 1-100 nanometres in size. To give you an idea: soap bubbles have a wall thickness of about 750 nanometres. Virtually any material can now be made at the nano-scale and they are seen as new promising materials; making products “green and clean”, because of their unique working mechanisms that come with the nano-sized scale.

But as we know from the past industrial era, in which myriad new chemicals were synthesised, anything new can have hidden drawbacks and dangers. Although growing concerns have led to many studies on nanotoxicology, the mechanisms underlying the toxicity of this new class of materials are still unclear.

By the time a product or technology’s out on the market there will have been major investments and possibly thousands of jobs created in the sector concerned. After a certain point it becomes increasingly hard to phase out manufacture and use of the product or technology – even if it’s not that great for the ecosystem. As humans, only rarely do we foresee the consequences of our actions.

Martina Vijver is Professor of Ecotoxicology at Leiden University, Institute of Environmental Sciences. Obtaining realistic predictions and measurements of how existing and emerging chemical stressors potentially affect our natural environment and the organisms living therein is her the core business of her research. She is founder of the testing facility ‘Levend Lab’, or Living Lab, and of the platform for gender equality in science: RISE.

Letric Letric are an Amsterdam-based band with a spacey sound. With their tight drumgrooves and mystic melodies they create indie rock with a cosmic edge. Their performances are highly energetic and stay surprising. Letric Letric consists of Fabienne Julie Verhoeff, Sweder Al, Sem van Gennip, Daan Hutting and Chaim Wackie Eysten.

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Science & Cocktails Amsterdam is a series of inspiring scientific talks for anyone who is curious about the world around him or wants a better understanding of what is happening at the forefront of science. No background in science or prior knowledge is necessary. In a semi-seated set up and a more relaxed and informal atmosphere than your average scientific talks, you can enjoy the customary designed cocktails and live music afterwards.

This event is an initiative by the Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) with the support of NWA Route 2.
Science & Cocktails Amsterdam is presented in cooperation with Paradiso Amsterdam and acknowledges the support of New Scientist NL.


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