HCSA Lustrum 2021

Date(s) - 16/04/2021 - 18/04/2021


?Are you ready to expand your horizon with the HCSA??

Celebrating our first Lustrum this year, our association is holding a special weekend with the theme: Expanding Your Horizon “Think Universally, Dream Internationally, Act Globally” from the 16th until the 18th of April 2021! Filled with fun social gatherings, a pub quiz, and enriching lectures from distinguished lecturers, you will get to know the honours community, broaden your knowledge, whilst having the time of your lives! In this first Lustrum, the HCSA celebrates the 3 unique aspects that have defined and shaped our organisation: International, Multidisciplinary, and Academically Excellent. Therefore, we are collaborating with distinguished lecturers and professionals across a broad range of disciplines with global working experiences to present fundamental universal and global themes in broadening our understanding of the world and universe that we live in!

Here’s a sneak peak of our full schedule:

Friday Saturday Sunday
18:50-19:00 Introduction Introduction Introduction
19:00-20:00 Lecture 1: The Rise of Complexity in the Universe Lecture 2: Creating Your Own Space in Science! Lecture 3: Medicine Beyond Borders
20:00-20:15 Break Break Break
20:15-21:00 Galaxy Cocktail workshop Honours College 1st Year Social Gathering Final Pubquiz
21:00-21:05 Closure Closure Closure


More about our planned lectures:

Lecture 1: The Rise of Complexity in the Universe

prof. dr. M.A.M. (Rien) van de Weijgaert

How did complex life as we know it arise? Where did intelligent life originate? Are there others like us in the universe? Prof. dr. Rien van de Weijgaert is a professor of astrophysics and cosmology at the University of Groningen’s Kapteyn Astronomical Institute. In this lecture, he will take us on a journey to tackle the fundamental philosophical and astronomical questions of our existence, the past, present, and future of complex structure in our universe as we know it! 

Topics: Astronomy, Cosmology, Philosophy

Lecture 2: Creating Your Own Space In Science!

Dr. Veronica Allen

Fascinated in how you can create your own successful custom pathway in pursuing your scientific or academic career? Or want to know how you can manage your dream-pursuing ambitions with a healthy and happy life balance? Lucky for you, we have our very own academic professional and PhD graduate from the University of Groningen, Dr. Veronica Allen, who will guide you through these questions on Saturday, September 17 from 19.00 to 20.00! 

Originally from the US, she studied Physics with Astrophysics in the UK at the University of Leeds and obtained a BSc/Mphys in 2013. Following this, she pursued her PhD studying astrochemistry around young high mass stars at the University of Groningen, defending her thesis in 2018. She has just finished a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the USA and returned to Groningen as an NWO Veni laureate to continue her work in uncovering the formation of prebiotic molecules in space. In the talk Veronica will guide us through a fascinating journey of her career, her field of study and how we can find our own place in the scientific community!

Topics: Personal Improvement, Career Workshop, Astrochemistry, Science

Lecture 3: Medicine Beyond Borders

Dr. Marco Versluis

Marco Versluis is a gynecologist and the tropical medicine coordinator at the University Medical Center in Groningen. Highly trained in his field, he is involved in the surgical training of surgeons in Sierra Leone. At the HCSA lustrum, he will talk about his experiences as a doctor in this setting and how working abroad can expand our horizon!

Topics: Global Health, Medicine, Working Internationally

Want to know more? Full information for all the event will be uploaded here soon and on our social media (Instagram: @hcsa_groningen, Facebook: @hcsagroningen)

Fore more information check out this pamphlet: HCSA Lustrum Pamphlet


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