Podcaster: Callum Griffiths ; Guests: Professor Ewine van Dishoeck

Title: Cosmic Perspectives: Dutch Astronomy in Wider Society – Part 2: The James Webb Space Telescope

Organization: Leiden University

Produced by: Callum Griffiths and Aoife Taylor
Executive Producer: Prof. Pedro Russo
Sound Production: Jesse Stoel
Graphic Design: Aneta Margraf-Druć
Made by Heliocentric Productions for Leiden Observatory with funding from the Dutch Science Council.

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Cosmic Perspectives: Dutch Astronomy in Wider Society is a feature podcast that explores the beneficial impact of Dutch astronomy on society, from building positive international relationships to the transfer of life-changing technology. Cosmic Perspectives is funded by the Dutch Science Council Science Diplomacy Fund, and follows the experiences of four renowned astronomers based in the Netherlands.

Join our host, science communicator Callum Griffiths, as he delves behind the scenes of some of the biggest astronomical endeavours in recent decades with those involved to uncover new perspectives. Professor George Miley (Leiden University) recounts stories of astronomy building bridges between conflicting nations, and details his dream for providing a global citizen perspective. Professor Heino Falcke (Radboud University) details the benefits and challenges of uniting the world around capturing the first image of a Black Hole. Professor Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden University) discusses the diplomacy and technology behind the James Webb Space Telescope. And Dr David Prinsloo (ASTRON) discusses how the Universe really is the best testing ground for innovation.

For the second episode we discuss about relationship building through astronomy from two influential researchers in the field of radio astronomy.

  • Professor Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden University) recounts stories of astronomy building bridges between conflicting nations, and details his dream for providing a global citizen perspective.

Bio: Callum Griffiths is a science communicator and digital producer for Heliocentric Productions and Life Science Centre in the UK. Through his work, he creates podcasts, planetarium shows and other media about science and in particular space. His Master’s in astronomy from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands helps him to tell exciting stories about the Universe and all the wonders it contains.

Professor George Miley from Leiden University and Professor Heino Falcke from Radboud University

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