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The Nico van Kampen Colloquium in Theoretical Physics

Wednesday's
Time: 16h00-17h00 (coffee/tea at 15h45)

Locations: Koningsberger Building, (KBG), lecture rooms ATLAS, COSMOS or PANGEA, Budapestlaan 4a-b, Utrecht
Willem C. van Unnikgebouw, lecture room 211, Heidelberglaan 2, Utrecht
Ruppert Building, lecture rooms Wit, Paars or Blauw, Leuvenlaan 21, Utrecht
Educatorium, lecture room Theatron, Leuvenlaan 19, Utrecht

Organizer: Tomislav Prokopec

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Note that according to the new rule, students are required to attend 16 colloquia to complete the course.
Furthermore, supervisors in the second year should write colloquium attendance as student’s (bi-)weekly activity.




Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Speaker: Krijn de Jong (UU Chemistry)
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 (coffee/tea at 15h45) in Ruppert 042
Title: Sustainable energy – from adjectives to numbers

Abstract: Reliable and affordable energy supply largely based on fossil resources is a cornerstone of modern societies but concerns about emissions of CO2 and related climate change are growing. The Paris Climate Agreement has led to broad consensus to restrict temperature increase to a maximum of 2 °C which translates into a maximum allowable ’carbon budget’ of emissions of CO2 for the coming decades [1]. In this talk we analyze data on energy usage and the main sources of energy. Fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) dominate energy supply at present [2]. We consider more efficient usage of fossil fuels in the transport sector [3] and possibilities and limitations of carbon capture and storage (CCS) [4]. Renewable energy resources are plentiful in principle but quantification of availability is needed [5]. Next to availability we analyze the time frame in which implementation at scale of these new technologies can be realized [6]. Subsequently we consider the impact of politics, society and personal behavior on the energy transition [7,8]. Finally, we summarize the present activities in the Industry Hub of the Strategic Theme Sustainability at Utrecht University.

References/further reading
1. J. Rogelj et al., Nature Climate Change 6 (2016) 245.
2. BP Energy Outlook, 2016 Edition; bp.com/energyoutlook.
3. K.P. de Jong et al., “Frontiers of Energy”, Nature Energy 1 (2016) 1-8.
4. K.P. de Jong, NRC Handelsblad, March 5, 2009, Opiniepagina.
5. Q. Schiermeier et al., Nature 454 (2008) 816-823.
6. G.J. Kramer and M. Haigh, Nature 462 (2009) 568.
7. B. Obama, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam6284 (2017).
8. D.J.C. MacKay, “Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air”, UIT, Cambridge (2009).

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 in Ruppert Paars
Speaker: Diederik Roest (Groningen)
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 in KBG ATLAS
Speaker: Chris Quigg
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 in KBG ATLAS
Speaker: Marco Polini (IIT, Genova)
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Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 in KBG PANGEA
Speaker: Aleksei Kurkela (CERN)
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 in KBG PANGEA
Speaker: Jörg Schmalian (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
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Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 in KBG PANGEA
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Time & Place: 16h00-17h00 in KBG PANGEA
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Preliminary Schedule 2018

2018

9. Jan 10, W02, host: Cristiane Morais Smith; speaker: Giuseppe Mussardo(SISSA, Trieste), Location: RUPPERT 042

10. Jan 24, W04, NO COLLOQUIUM (FOM physics@VELDHOVEN: 23-24 Jan 2018)

Feb 5, W6 Mon, Semester I & Quarter 3 begin

11. Feb 7, W06, host: Gerard 't Hooft &  T. Prokopec, speaker: Samaya Nissanke (RU Nijmegen) , UNNIK 211 CANCELLED - NO COLLOQUIUM

12. Feb 21, W08, host: Rene van Roij; speaker: Joost de Graaf (UU), Location: MIN 202

13. Mar 07, W10, host: Rene van Roij; speaker: Krijn de Jong (UU Chemistry), Location: RUPPERT 042

14. Mar 21, W12, host: Stefan Vandoren; speaker: Diederik Roest (Groningen), Location: RUPPERT PAARS

15. Apr 04, W14, host: Eric Laenen; speaker: Chris Quigg, Location: KBG ATLAS

     Apr 16, W16: EXAM PERIOD

16. Apr 18, W16, host: Rembert Duine; speaker: Marco Polini (IIT, Genova), Location: KBG ATLAS

     Apr 23 Mon 2018, W17: Quarter 4 begins

17. May 02, W18, host: Umut Gursoy, speaker: Aleksei Kurkela (CERN), Location: KBG PANGEA

18. May 16, W20, host: Lars Fritz; speaker: Jörg Schmalian (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Location: KBG PANGEA

19. May 30, W22, host: Thomas Grimm; speaker: , Location: KBG PANGEA

20. Jun 13, W24, host: Dirk Schuricht; speaker, Location: KBG PANGEA
     Jun 25, W26: EXAM WEEK 21.
     Jun 27, W26, host: Enrico Pajer; speaker: , Location: (exam week)




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