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COAST congratulates five participants on their success in the NWO call Roadmap for Large Infrastructure

Recently NWO announced the results of the call “Nationale Roadmap voor Grootschalige Wetenschappelijke Infrastructuur 2017/8”. Five COAST participants were among the awardees.
  • Prof Thomas Hankemeier, Leiden University, is partner in the Netherlands X-omics Initiative. This initiative links genomics to proteomics and metabolomics.  
  • Prof Ron Heeren, Maastricht University, is partner in the Netherlands Electron Microscopy Infrastructure. The initiative sets out to make EM technology accessible to a wide range of scientists in various areas and to further innovate the technique, e.g through combination with mass spectroscopic ion microscopy. 
  • Prof Jos Oomens, Radboud University is partner in HFML-FELIX. This facility combines the free-electron laser producing intense infrared and THz radiation with the highest possible magnetic fields and thus allows investigation of matter under extreme conditions. 
  • Cosine en Micronit are partner in ATHENA. In the part of this program that is funded by NWO an X-ray camera and spectrograph are developed for the new European space telescope Athena. Cosine and Micronit will develop the extremely sharp X-ray mirror. 
We congratulate the COAST participants with their grants and wish them the best of success with their scientific and technological endeavors.
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Festive Graduation and Granting Event: 22 new students and 22 graduates in COAST talent programs.

We would like to congratulate 16 ASTP graduates, 6 MSc+ graduates, 15 new ASTP students and 7 new MSc+ students of the COAST-community!

On November 15th, 2017, the 5th edition of the Topsector Chemistry Granting & Graduation Event was hosted by COAST, ISPT, VNCI and Topsector Chemistry. During this festive event, that took place against the beautiful backdrop of the Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht, we introduced the new talents and celebrated the graduation of those who have completed the Talent Programs successfully.

The first half of the evening was led by presenter Joost Hoebink. He started his presentation with an invitation to all guests to participate through an interactive tool on mobile phones. This took the audience through a number of issues focused on grand societal challenges and the role chemistry and citizens can play in solving these. During this session, Hoebink interviewed Oscar van den Brink as director Topsector Chemistry. Thereafter, Atze Jan van der Goot (Wageningen University) gave a presentation about the consumption of meat in today's society and the role of science in the development of special meat substitutes (Plant Meat Matters).
Furthermore, the proud winners of the Texel Energy Challenge were presented. Earlier that day, students were challenged to explore the technical and economic feasibility of the power-to-ammonia concept for the island of Texel and pitched the plan to a jury of experts. Two COAST-ASTP students, Rocio Garmendia and Charlotte de Fluiter, were among the four winners that could share a prize of € 1000 between them. At the end of the plenary session the new talents were welcomed and the graduates congratulated.

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The second part of the evening was dedicated to the granting and graduation of the students in parallel sessions, one of which was COAST’s. We celebrated the graduation of 22 COAST students who completed their talent programs (16 from ASTP and 6 from MSc +). Iris de Lange presented the evening and told inspiring and funny anecdotes about each student. Some of the students already have new jobs, others continue studying. All are fully prepared to strengthen the analytical community. We wish them all great lives and great careers and we are looking forward to interact with them through the COAST ALUMNI network or otherwise.

On November 15th, 2017, the 5th edition of the Topsector Chemistry Granting & Graduation Event was hosted by COAST, ISPT, VNCI and Topsector Chemistry. During this festive event, that took place against the beautiful backdrop of the Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht, we introduced the new talents and celebrated the graduation of those who have completed the Talent Programs successfully.

The first half of the evening was led by presenter Joost Hoebink. He started his presentation with an invitation to all guests to participate through an interactive tool on mobile phones. This took the audience through a number of issues focused on grand societal challenges and the role chemistry and citizens can play in solving these. During this session, Hoebink interviewed Oscar van den Brink as director Topsector Chemistry. Thereafter, Atze Jan van der Goot (Wageningen University) gave a presentation about the consumption of meat in today's society and the role of science in the development of special meat substitutes (Plant Meat Matters).

Furthermore, the proud winners of the Texel Energy Challenge were presented. Earlier that day, students were challenged to explore the technical and economic feasibility of the power-to-ammonia concept for the island of Texel and pitched the plan to a jury of experts. Two COAST-ASTP students, Rocio Garmendia and Charlotte de Fluiter, were among the four winners that could share a prize of € 1000 between them. At the end of the plenary session the new talents were welcomed and the graduates congratulated. <hier moet een plaatje van komen>

The second part of the evening was dedicated to the granting and graduation of the students in parallel sessions, one of which was COAST’s. We celebrated the graduation of 22 COAST students who completed their talent programs (16 from ASTP and 6 from MSc +). Iris de Lange presented the evening and told inspiring and funny anecdotes about each student. Some of the students already have new jobs, others continue studying. All are fully prepared to strengthen the analytical community[A1] . We wish them all great lives and great careers and we are looking forward to interact with them through the COAST ALUMNI network or otherwise.

 [A1]Hoe staat t daarmee? Zijn er al die nog niet onder de pannen zijn dan?

NWA Startimpuls “Meten en Detecteren van gezond gedrag” gehonoreerd!

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De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) heeft op 6 juli 2017 de Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda (NWA) Startimpulsaanvraag Meten en Detecteren van Gezond Gedrag officieel gehonoreerd.

Onder leiding van boegbeeld Marco Beijersbergen en trekker Hubertus Irth is de verzamelde inbreng van vele experts samengebracht in één voorstel. Gekozen is voor het complexe verbindende thema gezondheid van de mens.

De doelstelling is om concrete oplossingen te vinden zes uitdagingen:
• Ontdekking en validatie van (bio)markers/parameters van gezond gedrag
• Bepalen van de blootstelling van individuen aan luchtverontreinigingen
• Ontwikkeling van persoonlijke sensoren voor de monitoring van gezonde voeding
• Ontwikkeling van sensoren voor belangrijke gezondheidsparameters
• Ontwikkeling van Data Science & Chemometrie voor deze toepassingen
• Exploratieve sensorontwikkelingen voor het mobiel monitoren van persoonlijke gezondheid
• De gebruiker: interface en ethiek

De commissie was vooral te spreken over de aangebrachte focus en concretisering van het voorstel. Eveneens werd de aandacht voor ethiek gewaardeerd. Men was te spreken over de verbindingen van onderzoeksgroepen vanuit verschillende sectoren. De track-records van de verschillende groepen bieden veel perspectief voor succesvolle kennisbenutting en -uitbreiding.

Wij feliciteren alle Principal Investigators en betrokkenen met de honorering van deze Startimpuls en hopen op veel vruchtbare samenwerkingen.
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Lutgarde Buydens decorated as Knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands

Prof. Lutgarde Buydens was decorated as “Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw” (Knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands) on 26 April 2017. Lutgarde received the decoration from the Mayor of Nijmegen, where she is Dean of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. The decoration is used to recognize merits in the arts, science, sport and literature.

Lutgarde is an international expert in the field of chemometrics. She has been an innovator in the field for more than 25 years, improving, for example, methodologies for non-invasive detection of brain tumors. As principal investigator, she has been participating in over 35 national and international research projects. Lutgarde has been a founding board member of COAST, and is currently treasurer.

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Hubertus Irth to succeed Michel Nielen as Scientific director COAST

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After six years of dedication to the success of COAST, Prof Michel Nielen will resign as scientific director to focus on his two other jobs at RIKILT (principal scientist) and Wageningen University (professor of analytical chemistry) and lead a European ITN consortium.

On 1 January 2017, Michel will be succeeded by Prof Hubertus Irth who, after his (vice-)deanships at VU University (dean of Faculty of Sciences 2010-2013, vice- and interim dean of Faculties of Sciences and Earth and Life Sciences 2014-2016), will return to his original field of analytical sciences He will combine the job of scientific director of COAST with his positions of scientific director of Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) and professor of Biomolecular Analysis at Leiden University.

COAST expresses their great appreciation for Michel’s dedication to COAST. His vision and knowledge have been invaluable attributes to the COAST Research Agenda. We are very pleased that Michel will continue to be involved in the leadership of COAST, as he will be joining the COAST board as of 1 January 2017. Thus, he will be able to use his experience in advising and supervising the COAST board of directors and guarantee a smooth transfer of the Research Agenda to the capable hands of Hubertus Irth.

COAST is very proud to have been able to appoint Hubertus as Scientific Director. His experience and insights will be of great value to the upcoming transition and growth of COAST to the next level .

Fleur van Beek wins COAST poster prize at CHAINS 2016

During a festive ceremony at CHAINS 2016 Fleur van Beek, a PhD student within the COAST R&D-project MAnIAC at the University of Amsterdam and a COAST MSc+ alumna was awarded the COAST poster prize for Best Analytical Poster.

During the poster sessions, the posters were judged on attractiveness, clarity and quality of the research and results, as well as on oral presentation. Fleur van Beek presented her poster to jury member Arjan Mank (Philips Innovation Services) who especially appreciated the interactive element in the poster. The poster was innovative and original, and the interactive element encouraged a dialogue about the research and a discussion on the possibilities. Fleur was also praised for her enthusiasm and clarity when explaining the MAnIAC concept to her audience.

Fleur hopes that students and researchers alike are inspired by her poster and by the prize, which celebrates creativity. She noted that: “Although posters are very personal creations I really hope that people will dare to be more creative and veer away from the standard poster templates in order to make conferences and poster sessions more fun and interactive.”. She relishes the thought that, rather than creating the feeling that people are forced to talk scientifically, poster sessions may prompt collaborative thinking by creating an atmosphere in which people are inspired by each other.

The COAST project MAnIAC ("Making Analytically Incompatible Approaches Compatible") aims to provide a platform for the coupling of analytical approaches, where users can interchange various modules to suit the analysis of their specific samples. In the poster, you can configure your own analytical concept, using the MAnIAC platform, by moving around the magnetic modules Fleur created for her poster.

DSM, Heineken, Micronit and Shell are the private partners in the MANIAC project. Besides the University of Amsterdam, also the Free University in Amsterdam, the Radboud University Nijmegen, and the University of Groningen participate in the project.

We congratulate Fleur with this prize and hope that, since she just started her PhD in April this year, this marks the beginning of a successful career!

Fleur

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