Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the website for the 2016 applied physics symposium, organized by TFV “Professor Francken”! The theme for this year’s symposium is “Growing Smaller”. In all fields of physics, companies and universities conduct research on the smallest scales, always trying to break the existing limits. To give some insight into the broad spectrum of “small research” we have invited field leading researchers from universities and companies all over the country and even from London, all of which will give inspiring talks about the newest developments in their field of research.

The symposium “Growing Smaller” will encompass a broad range of in total 6 subtopics. Albert van den Bergh, from the university of Twente and Spinoza prize winner, will talk about lab on a chip; Peter Barker will come all the way from the University College of London to inform us about his research on nanospheres; Gert Rietveld, member of the International Committee for Weights and Measurements, will expound on the scientific road that is being followed to find a definition for the kilogram. Furthermore, Nicolo de Groot, researcher at CERN, has confirmed to be present and talk about the technical aspects concerning the search of the Higgs boson; also Sjoerd Veenstra, who works at ECN, will enlight us about the developments in the field of perovskite solar cells. Finally, Marco de Baar will give a talk on the control of performance and stability of fusion plasma. More information on our guest speakers, the subject of their talks and details concerning the symposium can be found on this website.

I hope that you are as excited as we are, and hope to see you on the 11th of May at Heerenhuis for the Franckensymposium!

On behalf of the symposium committee,

   Meis Uijttewaal

Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter Nederlandse Natuurkundige Vereniging ASML KIVI T.F.V. 'Professor Francken'