Science Café - The Biological Clock

On Thursday the 18th of January, a new Science Café will be organized in Loburg Wageningen. Many living organisms, from humans to cyanobacteria, have an internal, biological clock. This clock is essential to help organisms adapt to daily (but also seasonal) environmental fluctuations. Although clock genes may differ between different organisms, the principle of the clock is always the same: a sustained oscillation with a period of approximately 24 hours which ‘gates’ the responses to environmental cues for optimal performance. How can the clock keep its rhythm of 24 hours when it is cold and molecules move slower? How is the internal clock used to measure time and how does it regulate interaction between organisms? These exciting questions (and more) will be addressed by our speakers, Sander van der Krol and Prof. Marcel E. Visser, who are internationally known experts on the biological clock. 

Dr. Sander van der Krol is Associate Professor at the Lab. of Plant Physiology (WUR) since 1998. Sander teaches the principles of the clock in the course ‘Time-perception’ and at the Science cafe Wageningen he will present: From Caves to Nobel Prize.

Prof. Marcel E. Visser (NIOO-KNAW, WUR, RuG) obtained his PhD on the life-history of insect parasitoids from Leiden University. At the Science cafe Wageningen he will present: Daily and seasonal clocks in a warmer and brighter world.

More info can be found on the website of the Science Cafe.


What is a Science Cafe?

It’s an informal meeting in a cafe, with live music, and with a moderator for a lively debate. It's an initiative from WUR employee's & students and is an informal meeting between scientists and those who love science, or who love to debate the impact of science on our society.
Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. After some live music, two scientists give a brief presentation and sometimes show a short video clip to kick off a spicy debate.
Visit the science café: get a beer, listen, make some remarks and enlighten your mind.
And if you are not inspired, you can leave whenever you want…

When & language? Thursday evenings and the spoken language is English.

For who? Scientists & those who love science, or who love to debate the impact of science on our society.

Frequence: The intention is to present 4 to 6 Science Cafes a year.

The crime scene? The meetings are held in a cafe with live music: Café Loburg, Molenstraat 6 in Wageningen. 

KLV: KLV is sponsor of this event.


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