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This Week's Discoveries | 21 February 2017

21 februari 2017
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
De Sitterzaal

First Lecture

Resource efficiency in built environment

Mingming Hu (CML) is researcher at the department of Industrial Ecology at CML. She is working at regional metabolism, particularly related to construction. She obtained her PhD degree from CML for the thesis entitled 'Dynamic material flow analysis to support sustainable built environment development'. Her current research is on sustainability analysis of concrete recycling, demolition waste management and eco-industrial park development.

Second Lecture, Lorentz Center highlight

Io, the most volcanically active body in our Solar System

Imke de Pater (UC Berkeley and Leiden Observatory) is professor of Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California in Berkeley. Her research interests include: infrared observations using adaptive optics on the Keck, Gemini and VLT telescopes of e.g., the giant planets, their ring systems, and the satellites Titan and Io. She also continues to observe the giant planets at radio wavelengths using the (recently upgraded) Very Large Array, ALMA, and LOFAR. Imke is one of the participants in the workshop on the Formation of the Solar System and the Origin of Life that is being held in the Lorentz Center from 20 Feb through 24 Feb 2017. Imke also occupies the honorary Oort chair 2017 at the Leiden Observatory.

We have used the 10-m Keck and 8-m Gemini telescopes, equipped with adaptive optics, to regularly observe Jupiter’s moon Io since 2001. In the past few years we have also used the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer to observe the satellite. In this talk I will show some of our most fascinating results with regard to the largest volcanic eruptions ever seen in our solar system.