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The conference programme consists of more than two hundred lectures and hundreds of poster presentations. In addition the FOM Foundation will award three prizes for physics research. Part of the programme can be followed via a livestream.

Highlights from this programme:

  • Three renowned researchers will give plenary lectures. On Tuesday morning Martin Wegener will talk about metamaterials, the Tuesday evening lecture by Jo van den Brand is about gravitational waves, and on Wednesday afternoon Margaret Murnane will close the conference with her lecture 'Tabletop X-ray lasers: from Star Wars to nanotechnology'. Summaries of these lectures can be found in the livestream programme below.
  • At the start of November Erik Verlinde's new theory about gravity hit the world headlines. Verlinde will give a lecture on 17 January, during the focus session 'Dark matter or not'. Verlinde's lecture can be followed via the livestream and after the congress it can be watched on YouTube. A brief description of Verlinde's theory can be found in the livestream programme below.
  • Stan Gielen, the new chair of NWO, will present the three FOM prizes on Tuesday evening. The FOM Physics Thesis Prize 2016 will be awarded to Julija Bagdonaitė. Ekkes Brück will receive the FOM Valorisation Prize 2016 and Slava Medvedev the FOM Valorisation Chapter Prize 2016. The prize winners will present their prize-winning research during a session on Wednesday morning (10.20-11.05 hours).
  • On both days focus sessions will be held – in which a specific theme is discussed – as well as parallel sessions with lectures. During the focus sessions various renowned international speakers will give presentations. You can find an overview in the complete programme.
  • On Wednesday 'Physics meets Industry' will take place, which is an activity aimed at the collaboration between academia and industry.
  • In between all of this there will be plenty of opportunity to take a look at the posters and live experiments in the central hall, the beating heart of the conference. Here you will also find information about the new NWO organisation, the NWO institutes and the transition from FOM to NWO.

Programme livestream The plenary lectures, the lecture of Erik Verlinde and the prize-awarding ceremony can be followed via a livestream (you can also find this via the website during the congress). The livestream programme is as follows:

17-01 Martin Wegener, 10.05-10.50 hours
Martin Wegener works on metamaterials: materials that have been designed by people. Metamaterials are constructed smartly from other different materials and they therefore have unusual properties that their separate ingredients do not have. A possible application of metamaterials is an invisibility cloak. However there are also less well-known, non-optical metamaterials. Wegener will discuss several groundbreaking experiments.

17-01 Erik Verlinde, 11.10-11.40 hours.
At the start of November, Erik Verlinde shared his alternative theory about gravity. Verlinde presents gravity as an emergent phenomenon. This means that at the very smallest scale gravity does not exist. It is a consequence of the distribution of information in the universe, which manifests at a larger scale.

17-01 Presentation FOM prizes 2016, 20.00-20.30 hours

17-01 Jo van den Brand, 20.30-21.15 hours
On 11 February the scientific world was turned upside down: on that day researchers announced that they had measured gravitational waves the first time. The Tuesday evening lecture will be about this groundbreaking discovery. Gravitational waves are ripples of space-time, which (in the case of this measurement) have been caused by two black holes that rotated around each other and eventually merged.

18-01 Margaret Murnane, 15.45-16.30 hours
Margaret Murnane's lecture will be about tabletop X-ray lasers. Ever since the invention of the laser, 50 years ago, researchers have also tried to develop lasers for X-rays. The aim is to better concentrate and direct X-rays in the same way as a normal laser does that with visible light. Murnane will describe how the search for a practical tabletop X-ray laser has proceeded and how physicists have learned to manipulate nature at the quantum level during this quest. 

Press registration
Are you interested in visiting Physics@Veldhoven as a press representative or in interviewing one of the speakers? Journalists are warmly invited to be present during (a part of) Physics@Veldhoven 2017. You should register no later than Monday 9 January by contacting us via e-mail. If you would like to interview one of the speakers or prize winners please can you state that as well. Then we will try to reserve a quiet room and to schedule an appointment with the speaker.

Practical information

  • The congress will take place at Congress Centre NH Koningshof in Veldhoven and it will be held in English. - After the congress the masterclasses (for PhDs held on the Monday evening), the plenary lectures and the lecture from Erik Verlinde will be available via YouTube.
  • Follow the congress via Twitter, #DutchPhysics.
  • Further information can be found at www.fom.nl/veldhoven.