Public Lectures

NIAS and The Lorentz Center hold that informing the general public is an important task of the scientific community. Although not part of our core activities, we aim to facilitate communication of the general public with participants of our workshops.

Collaboration Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
The Lorentz Center and the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden collaborate since 2013 in organizing public lectures around Lorentz Center (of which a major part NIAS-Lorentz) workshops. The lectures are usually being held at the museum by workshop participants.

The first public lecture organized at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave was on the workshop “The Antikythera Mechanism: Science and Innovation in the Ancient World” in June 2013. It was an immediate success, with 160 persons in attendance and much national media attention. Since then, every year, we have been organizing successful public lectures around workshops.

Upcoming and Previous Public Lectures


16 August
Exploring the Ghostly Side of Galaxies with Dragonfly
Roberto Abraham

2 August
Contextuality: At the Borders of Paradox
Samson Abramsky

7 June
Brains, Robots and Dance
Stephen Batts

18 January
The richness of multilingualism
Gerrit Jan Kootstra , Pieter Muysken

Overview 2013-2018