56TH VvTP symposium

The 56th physics symposium committee, part of the Vereniging voor Technische Physica of the TU Delft, invites you to be part of our symposium. It will take place from the 12th until the 15th of October 2020. Due to Covid-19 the Symposium will be fully online. This year we proudly present our theme: 2020 Physion,

"Looking at current innovations, with vision on the future."
12 TO 15 OCTOBER 2020

The Symposium will guide you in developing your own Physion as a Physics student throughout each lecture. On this journey, each lecturer will share his/her own Vision, enabling you to foster your own.


Mon. 12 October 2020
12:45 - 13:40
Lecture by Ir. Willem Kesteloo
Tue. 13 October 2020
12:45 - 13:40
Lecture by Dr. Maria Sovago
Wed. 14 October 2020
12:45 - 13:40
Lecture by Prof. Ana Achúcarro
Thu. 15 October 2020
12:45 - 13:40
Lecture by Prof. Niek Lopes Cardozo

20:00 - 22:00
Lecture by Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf

EVENING lecture

Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf
& George van Hal


Becoming passionate

Robbert Dijkgraaf is probably the most renowned physicist to the wider public in the Netherlands. As a scientist, Dijkgraaf has made significant contributions to string theory. His research focuses on the interface between mathematics and particle physics. In addition to finding surprising and deep connections between matrix models, topological string theory, and supersymmetric quantum field theory, Dijkgraaf has developed precise formulas for the counting of bound states that explain the entropy of certain black holes. For his contributions to science, Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, in 2003. He is currently director of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the United States of America. Dijkgraaf will address topics in his online lecture that might intrigue you as a physics student: what plays an important part in working in physics? Is a certain vision on physics essential and is this a quality that students can develop? And could today’s students work on great future discoveries?


George van Hal is a Dutch journalist, publicist, and currently science editor for the newspaper Volkskrant. He will share his vision on physics prior to interviewing Dijkgraaf. Van Hal’s entertaining presentation style and knowledge of scientific literature make him a perfect match for our guest of honour, physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf.


Ir. Willem Kesteloo


Become environmentally responsible

"Changing the way we think about windows."

Willem Kesteloo was a Physics student at the TU Delft, and conducted research on SmartWindows. These are coated windows that capture sunlight and by means of luminescence transport it to the window frame. Here solar panels use this light to generate energy. To boost the innovation of this technology, he co-founded his own company PHYSEE. They are currently working on making entire buildings smart and green. His vision is that green energy innovation should be available to the public without any compromise. On Monday Willem Kesteloo will speak about his passion to found his own start-up, about SmartWindows technology, and his vision on a sustainable future.


Dr. Maria Sovago


Find your own vision

"We have a chance to reinvent ourselves."

Science, technology and theatre is what Dr. Maria Sovago is passionate about. She is a lecturer at the TU Delft. She also coaches scientists, researchers and engineers to be a more authentic leader and to share their knowledge. Her ingredients are power with a good laugh. Using an interactive lecture Maria will help you find your own vision.

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Prof. Ana Achúcarro


Looking for the Answers

"Observing the Big Bang"

Ana Achúcarro is leading the theoretical cosmology group on the early universe at Leiden University. She and her group try to find answers to the biggest unanswered questions in physics. Throughout her journey she has collaborated with Stephen Hawking among others. On Wednesday you will get a glimpse of her research throughout a beautiful story.


Prof. Niek Lopes Cardozo


Developing a long term vision

"The energy transition is not finished in 2050."

Niek Lopes Cardozo is professor of Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Before focusing on the education and training of the ‘ITER generation’, he directed the Dutch fusion research programme and served on many European
scientific and managerial fusion committees, including the Governing Board of Fusion for Energy. He received the Royal Shell prize for sustainable development and energy for his scientific work in nuclear fusion as well as his efforts in outreach.

He is intrigued by the energy transition roadmap needed by 2050, and further. To reach the set climate goals in the short term the current technologies will lead this battle. Only after 2050 better and greener innovative technologies will stand a chance. Hopefully this energy transition 2.0 is realized by 2070, this is prof Niek Lopes Cardozo’s vision.



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Aftermovie 2019

 Watch the aftermovie below to get an impression of the symposium of last year.


We are the 56th Symposium committee of the VvTP  and have been enthusiastically organizing the 2020 Physion symposium this year.

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De foto van prof. Dijkgraaf is gemaakt door Andrea Kane. De foto van George van Hal, gebruikt in de promotie, is gemaakt door Bob Bronshoff