The official opening of the Spinoza Center for Neuroimaging's first location at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Roeterseiland complex will take place on Thursday, 30 September. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), Dutch Institute for Neuroscience (NIN-KNAW), the UvA, Academic Medical Center (UvA-AMC), VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center will join forces at this center in order to conduct high quality neuroscience research.
The official opening will be presided over by Professor Dymph van den Boom, Rector Magnificus of the UvA, and Professor Theo Mulder, the KNAW's Director of Research. After the official ceremony, there will be a neuroscience symposium. Speakers at the symposium include: Brian Knutson (Stanford University, CA), Frank Tong (Vanderbilt University, Nashille, USA), Rainer Goebel (University of Maastricht and NIN-KNAW), Christian Keysers (NIN-KNAW) and Victor Lamme (UvA).
At the end of the day, a new 3 Tesla Philips Achieva TX MRI scanner will be put into operation. It is one of the most modern 3T scanners currently available.
To mark the opening, a draft design for a portrait statue of Spinoza by sculptor Roy Greve will be unveiled. The artist, in cooperation with the Phoenix Foundation, will present this portrait statue to the Spinoza Center.
About the Spinoza Center
The Spinoza Center for Neuroimaging is a joint venture in which the participants believe that long-term cooperation will lead to greater quality in research than permanent competition. It is therefore not only a center for innovative, fundamental research, but will also be a place where science-driven biotech companies can enter into relationships with top researchers. The construction of the Spinoza Center's second location at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience will begin shortly.
Time and location
9.00 - 16.00
Roetersstraat 15, Room A, Amsterdam
16.15 - 17.00
MRI scanner ceremony and closing drinks reception