Queen Máxima and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel visit synthetic cell researchers at TU Delft
The visit showcased the synthetic cell research conducted by the young talents of BaSyC and SynCellEU.
On May 18, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, visited the campus of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (TU Delft). The visit started at the Bionanoscience Department, where our researchers from BaSyC and the European Synthetic Cell Initiative (SynCellEU) were honored to show their lab. The teams of Prof. Marileen Dogterom, Prof. Cees Dekker and Dr. Christophe Danelon talked about their research on cells, the basic units of life, and the challenge of building functional cells from scratch.
Prof. Marileen Dogterom said: “We were delighted to welcome them and share our long-term vision for the SynCellEU initiative. This visit confirms the interest in synthetic cells. Synthetic cell research will provide technology for a better world, but a Europe-wide effort now is key to realizing this.”
After the introduction on synthetic cells by Professor Marileen Dogterom (photo), our guests headed to the lab where postdocs and PhD students offered a more in-depth look at different approaches to understanding how cells work and mimic their natural processes.
Mariya Gabriel commented: “Thank you for your warm welcome, it was a pleasure to visit the Bionanoscience Department. It was great to meet enthusiastic young researchers, to discuss how they study cells and try to reproduce their mechanisms in the lab. Their research is leading to knowledge to address major societal challenges.”
The tour of the campus then continued with a walk through The Green Village, a field lab for sustainable innovation, followed by a round-table discussion about science and innovation, and a visit to the research institute for quantum computing QuTech.
Read more about the full visit here