Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Delft University of Technology.

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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(VIDEO) Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Visits the Leiden University of Applied Sciences.

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On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, as Honorary President of MIND Us, visited Leiden University of Applied Sciences in Leiden. MIND Us, is an organization that was developed to help young people deal with their mental health, develop resilience and find help when needed.

The purpose of this morning’s visit was to discuss the mental health of students in higher and scientific education. The students and education administrators informed Her Majesty about the recent initiatives created to increase their well-being, such as raising money for projects that can improve mental health.

Students from Fresh Thoughts told Her Majesty about, Walk and Talks, a program in which students discuss mental challenges they’ve experienced. The Fresh Thoughts organization, active throughout the Netherlands, also arranges various events and offers online discussions about mental health.

According to RVD, any students deal with:

“…stress, loneliness, and pressure to perform. That is why five Leiden parties recently signed the Student Welfare Declaration: the Municipality of Leiden, Leiden University, Leiden University of Applied Sciences, the Local Chamber of Associations and the Study Association Consultation Platform. Queen Maxima spoke with the creators of the movement…”

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