InScience Film Festival

InScience/Maastricht

In collaboration with Studium Generale, Maastricht University, and Lumière, we are proud to present the second satellite edition of the festival. This year we focus on genetically modified food, the possibilities of the CRISPR technique and scientists that challenge Einstein’s gravity theory. All programs are introduced by an expert from Maastricht University (language: English) and after the film, there is an opportunity for discussion.

Food Evolution

Food Evolution explores how genetically modified food has divided the world and how emotion and reason turn their backs on one another. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Neil deGrasse Tyson take you on a global journey to explore “the good, the bad and the ugly” of genetic modification. Food Evolution is a personal, provocative and at times enjoyable story about food and its production. But most of all it’s a story about us. After all, food is emotion.

Prof. Peter Peters is Professor of Nanobiology at Maastricht University. He works on genetic modification of bacteria that cause disease and studies the 3D structure of gene products. His Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I) is fully equipped to work with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). In his talk, he will explain how the CRISPR technology can help us create crops that are resistant to diseases.

This program takes place on Monday 11 November at 19:30 in Lumière Cinema.

Human Nature

The biggest technological revolution of the twenty-first century is not digital, but biological. CRISPR-Cas has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life: DNA. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. It is man playing God. But how will this new power change our relationship with nature? Do we understand the consequences? What will it mean for human evolution? It’s up to us to decide how far we’re willing to go.

Prof. Guido de Wert is professor of Ethics of Reproductive Medicine and Genetic Research at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University. He will discuss the ethical dilemmas concerning CRISPR.

This program takes place on Tuesday 12 November at 19:30 in Lumière Cinema.

Chasing Einstein

Exactly one century ago, Einstein published his theory of relativity. Since then, nobody has managed to topple or even shake this theory. In fact, gravitational waves were measured for the first time in 2015, further confirming Einstein’s theory. Nevertheless, the consequence of this theory is that the universe is made of a mysterious form of invisible matter that nobody has observed! Physicists working on a new theory of gravity do not believe that the theory of relativity holds the answer. The response of Einstein followers is that we don’t need a new theory but more advanced equipment to detect the missing particle. Chasing Einstein follows leading scientists to the edge of the universe, who embody Einstein’s famous motto: “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Jacco de Vries, PhD works as Assistant Professor of Physics at Maastricht University. He is a researcher at LHC at CERN, in search for new fundamental particles. He will talk about his experiences at CERN and the development of the Einstein Telescope in Maastricht.

This program takes place on Wednesday 13 November at 19:30 in Lumière Cinema.

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