SRON Lunch Lecture

On the 6th of March, the SympCie organised a lunch colloquium on astrophysics research. Dr. Frank Helmich, head of the Astrophysics Programme at the Dutch space agency SRON, gave an interesting and inspiring lecture on his work. While everyone enjoyed a nice lunch, dr. Helmich told us about the extreme technical requirements for measurement devices in astrophysics research, the position of SRON in international space research, his own experiences on the Herschel satellite project, and more. One particularly surprising fact is the time scale over which projects at SRON and other space agencies take place; over the duration of a full career, it is not unusual to work on only three projects.The lecture was well visited, and certainly sparked some interest in a branch of engineering and research that’s not seen as often.