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This Week’s Discoveries | 29 November 2016

29 November 2016
This Week's Discoveries
Oort Building
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
De Sitterzaal

First Lecture

Leiden biomarkers and their impact on the poultry industry

Wouter Bruins (IBL) has a MSc in Biology. He is one of the founders of In Ovo, the first company to develop a large-scale solution for determining the sex of a chick while it is still in the egg.

For the past 2,5 years, spinoff In Ovo, together with the LACDR and the IBL, has been working on a technology to get rid of the killing of one day old chicks. Combining embryology and metabolomics, a viable solution has been developed, which will now be automated and scaled up. Wouter Bruins will give an insight in the way the technology is developed, as well as explain how it is received in the worldwide poultry industry.

Second Lecture

A first exploration of the Gaia sky

Anthony Brown (Leiden Observatory) is associate professor at Leiden Observatory and mainly works on various aspects of ESA's GAIA mission. He has previously held post-doc positions in Leiden, at the European Southern Observatory in Garching and the Instituto de Astronomí in Ensenada.

The first data release of the Gaia space mission took place on 14  September 2016. I will briefly summarize the motivation for this astronomical mission aimed at mapping our Galaxy and then provide an overview of the contents of its first data release. Samples from the early science results will also be shown.