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Newsletter #ECSJ2022 - All travel grants awarded & a sneak peak on 3 excursions

Newsletter #ECSJ2022 - All travel grants awarded & a sneak peak on 3 excursions
We are happy to announce that the evaluation committee awarded 24 science journalists from all over Europe with Travel & Accommodation Grants to join us in Leiden, the Netherlands, for the European Conference of Science Journalism 2022!
This could not have happened without the help of our sponsors EurekAlert!, Elsevier and the Alpine Consortium, organiser of the 2019 World Conference in Lausanne.

One of the perks of coming to The Netherlands is you will be able to attend a great variety of field trips and excursions all over the country! Discover what the scientific community in the Netherlands has to offer, and be inspired. A bus will take you to and from the location (with exception of the excursions in Leiden and The Hague), and full day trips also include lunch. All excursions can be booked after registration on our designated website
To highlight a few:
Astron, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
A bus will take you to the ASTRON office, located in National Park Dwingelderveld, which has the largest area of wet heather in Western Europe. There you will get a tour through our manufacturing and digital lab facilities. You will learn about our Wireless Data Lab, where we apply innovations which we have developed for radio astronomy to help SMEs to overcome wireless data challenges that they run into. You will visit the Dwingeloo radio telescope, with which astronomers unravelled much of what we know about our Milky Way and get a close look at the control room of the LOFAR radio telescope. After that, the bus will take you to the very heart of this telescope, the largest low frequency radio telescope on earth, which is located on a ‘superterp’ in Exloo.
LOFAR 'Superterp' - Source: Wikipedia
LOFAR 'Superterp' - Source: Wikipedia
Leiden University Library: History in maps and books
A bit closer, in the city of Leiden, you can visit the University Library. This library is home to one of the largest collections of maps and atlases in the Netherlands, with a strong international character. It started with the bequeathal of Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis in 1872 – this year exactly 150 years ago – who left his collection of 50.000 maps and atlases to the University Library, including hundreds of unique, hand-drawn maps. The collection grew in the past century and a half with numerous donations and purchases.
Our curators will show some special items, explain more about the collection and talk with you about the current research projects. After lunch, we’ll walk you through the historic centre of Leiden to the National Museum of Antiquities. There, you’ll get a private tour of the newly opened exhibition ‘Books That Made History’. The curator of the exhibition will take you along the twenty most famous books from Leiden. Several experts will be present, to explain why those specific books are of such historic or scientific value. Throughout the whole excursion, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions to our curators and experts on their research.
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The quantum race is in full swing. Companies and research institutes worldwide are working diligently on prototypes of quantum computers – devices that calculate in a fundamentally different way and that would relegate our current ‘classic’ computers to ordinary abacus. QuTech, a partnership between TU Delft and TNO, is at the forefront of that race.
Various ‘routes’ are being followed at the Delft research institute to create a truly working quantum computer. In addition, research is also being conducted into a real quantum internet. During this excursion, the participants will get an exclusive insight into this quantum lab. Researchers from QuTech will explain the latest developments in the development of the quantum computer and the quantum internet. It will be a unique opportunity to follow the quantum race from the first line.
The excursion is intended for science journalists who are already somewhat at home in quantum technology. A certain basic knowledge, for example of the meaning of the concept of a qubit, is therefore recommended.
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In other news
Thanks to all who submitted a proposal after our Call for proposals. We will soon be able to serve the full programme, including a fresh block schedule of the Conference Day on July the 12th. For a quick glance check out the programme page, including what is happening at night during the Grand Closure at the Boerhaave Museum
Okay, a hint: the announcement of the winner of the European Science Journalist of the Year Award and the awarding of the EFSJ Climate Investigation Grants!
So, don’t forget to bring a festive outfit too :)
Thank you for reading, we are really looking forward to seeing all of you in real life again in the second week of July (starting Sunday July 10). And don’t forget to book your tickets, most excursions have very limited capacity!
The #ECSJ2022 team
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Newsletter of ECSJ 2022 Leiden, The Netherlands

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