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Five talks will be given during the Leiden Science Family Day: two children's lectures and three lectures for adults. Will you be there ?

Talks schedule

Time Subject Speaker
11.30 hrs Artificial Intelligence and creativity Maarten Lamers
12.30 hrs Children's talk: Animals are also musical Michelle Spierings
13.15 hrs When aliens invade! What are invasive alien species and how can we control them? Emily Strange
14.00 hrs Children's talk: Is your birthday juggleable? Ronald van Luijk
14.45 hrs What makes us feel sick? Thomas Hankemeier


Children's talk

Time: 12:30 uur

You are not alone! Not only humans like to make music, many animals are musical too. Whales sing long songs learned from their parents, moths sing very softly and parrots can learn the songs of humans by themselves. In this lecture, you will learn all about the musical talents of animals. You then get to decide who can sing best afterwards.

Targer group: children from 10 years
Time: 14:00 hr

Juggling and maths. You wouldn't expect it, but they really are related. How that works? You will learn that during this lecture by Ronald van Luijk. Because with mathematics, you can fully understand juggling patterns. So well, in fact, that you can also discover new patterns. Together with Ronald, you will find out whether your birthday is juggleable!


Time: 11:30 hr

Generative artificial intelligence is trending these days. Making pictures, composing music, writing lyrics, whatever you need..it is possible with artificial intelligence. But what exactly is it and how does it work? Without going into technical details, we discuss how such systems generally work, what their limitations are and what this means in terms of computer creativity.

Time: 11:30 uur

Alien invasive species can be very harmful to our natural world, are one of the biggest threats to biodiversity and cost the global economy $423 billion per year. But there is hope – using nature based solutions such as biological control we can manage many of the worst invaders and help restore habitats. 

Time: 14:45 hrs

Where we know a lot about DNA, we understand significantly less about how environmental factors have an impact on our health. Environmental factors such as food, smoking, air pollution and quality and stress play a major role when it comes to diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer. Knowing more about these factors could potentially delay or even prevent these diseases. Find out more about this research in Thomas Hankemeier's talk.

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