On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, accompanied by the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Ms. Mariya Gabriel, visited Delft University of Technology (TU) in Delft.
The day began with a laboratory tour in the BioNanoScience department located in the Applied Sciences building. The scientists from the European Synthetic Cell Initiative informed Her Majesty about their research into “…the smallest building blocks of cells. The scientists are investigating exactly how these building blocks are put together in order to be able to make the first working, artificial cell.” The scientists also informed Her Majesty about the technological and social impact of their research.
Thereafter, Her Majesty Queen Maxima visited the Green Village. According to the official website for TU, the Green Village is a:
“…living lab for sustainable innovations in home, work, and living environments. Located at the center of the TU Delft campus, this test site offers opportunities for entrepreneurs and researchers to develop, test, and demonstrate their experimental projects in close collaboration with government bodies and the public.”
The day ended with a tour of QuTech, the Delft research institute where scientists work on, among other things, quantum computers and the quantum internet.
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