Without understanding how things work, we can’t fix them when they’re broken. In this day of modern diseases, this is critical. Fundamental science - biology, chemistry, physics, math – is our toolbox with which we can make smart solutions for medicine, our environment and technology.
All Nobel Prize winners are awarded for their discoveries that fill a gap in our current knowledge. The ‘spill-over’ from their findings generate progress and shape our society. We recognize the importance of scientific curiosity and have created the Science for Life domain in Utrecht that serves as a breeding ground for our innovation ecosystem.
The research and discoveries in this domain bring diversity, insight and detail to our understanding of how life and its components work. Focus areas include molecular and cellular biology, pharmaceutical science and plant biology. Using highly advanced technologies, such as NMR spectroscopy, bioinformatics and nanotechnology, we’re finding solutions for health and environmental challenges.
Flu viruses mutate so quickly that a new ‘flu shot’ needs to be developed every year. However, for one strain of the flu virus, the effectiveness of the vaccine is consistently insufficient. Robert de Vries has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros to achieve a fundamental breakthrough in the development of vaccines for this life-threatening flu strain.
On 19 November 2018, the fourth Science for Life conference will take place in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Our programme includes keynotes of five internationally renowned scientists: Edward Boyden (MIT), Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology), Sheng-Yang He (Michigan State University), David J. Mooney (Harvard University) and Peter Reddien (MIT). Register now!