In the second episode of Researching in Times of Covid-19, host Barry Fitzgerald (Science Communication Officer at TU Eindhoven) spoke to Evan Milacic, a PhD candidate in the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
Evan is from the Netherlands and his work is focused on the plastic industry. He is working on improving the production of polyolefin using both experiments and computer simulations.
And that’s where things get interesting for Evan. Although he can’t do any more experiments for the moment, his safety net is his work on simulations. However, that also comes with some concerns as you’ll find out in this podcast episode.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
It’s always good to visit home, to where it all started. In terms of my adventures in the Netherlands, home, and where it all started back in 2012, is Enschede. While I lived there the seeds for my superhero escapades were sown, and I couldn’t have imagined speaking about my new book “How to Build an Iron Man Suit” for the first time in the Netherlands anywhere else. On Friday February 21st I did just that when I spoke at the fantastic Comicasa comic book store – a must visit for fans of superheroes and more.
Those in attendance were first treated to a “Iron Man 101” course delivered splendidly by Robert van der Weide-Zeelenberg. Robert outlined the history of the character Iron Man including his inauspicious start at Marvel Comics as well as the evolution of the character and some of the suits that have featured in comic book issues over the years.
Then it was my turn to speak about the science and technology behind the development of an Iron Man suit. The audience experienced the wonder of an exoskeleton suit, EEG brainwave-reading technologies, advanced wound healing treatments, and lots more. Specific scenes from the films were very much in the spotlight, which seemed to please the comic book and film-loving audience no end. The end of the talk was marked by an open discussion on the technological tribulations behind developing a real Iron Man-like suit, and whether such a technology would be of benefit to society.
Many thanks to Robert, Peter, and everyone at Comicasa for hosting the talk. My new book “How to Build an Iron Man Suit“, as well as my other books, are available to purchase at Comicasa. And be sure to visit the store to experience the comic book ambience. It’s such a cool place to sit down and read a comic book or ten.
Stay tuned for more Iron Man banter.
Always think super!
On April 2nd 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II took place at the Aula Auditorium at TU Delft. The focus was on genetic engineering, CRISPR/Cas9, and Jessica Jones.
In this second post-podcast for the event, you’ll hear from two more speakers from the live event. Britte Bouchaut is a PhD student in Biotechnology and Society at TU Delft, and Lucas Evers is based at Waag Amsterdam where he runs the Open WetLab. In conversation with host Barry Fitzgerald, Britte and Lucas discuss bioethics, bioart, genetic engineering, their own work, and of course superheroes.
You can also watch BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II from April 2nd 2019 online, including Charlotte’s talk, at the link: https://youtu.be/D5yCGhVgV9Q.
BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgtudelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).
A preview of BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science Episode II, which takes place at the Aula Auditorium on the TU Delft campus on Tuesday April 2nd 2019 from 19.30 – 21.00.
The focus of Episode II is genetic engineering and the main characters to be discussed during the event are Jessica Jones and the X-Men.
The podcast includes details of the speakers, the superheroes and superpower of interest, and some study suggestions in terms of Netflix superhero series.
BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft and BW Science, and is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).
On March 14th 2019, BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science kicked off at TU Delft with Episode I where the focus was on impenetrable or bulletproof materials. Superheroes such as Luke Cage, Colossus, Superman, and Wonder Woman all have access to impenetrable materials but could we make such materials in the real world?
In this podcast, you’ll hear more from those who spoke on this topic in Episode I. You’ll hear from Jalila Essaïdi of BioArt Laboratories Eindhoven and her incredible work with spider silk and bulletproof skin. You’ll also hear about the work of three TU Delft students – Leyi Hsu, Jeannet Liang, and Max Wouters – who worked on a responsible innovation project with regards to the use of spider-silk inspired materials in future healthcare.
BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science is organised by Studium Generale Delft (Twitter: @sgdelft) and BW Science. It is hosted by superhero scientist and TU Delft researcher Barry Fitzgerald (Twitter: @BWScienceNow).
Later this week, I’ll be hosting the first of four interactive talks at the Aula Auditorium on the TU Delft campus. The talk series is entitled “BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science” and it combines two things that I’ve very passionate about – superheroes and science!
In conjunction with the talk series I’ve also just started my first podcast and the first episodes are online now. The first podcast acts as an introduction to “BingeWatch Academy: Superhero Science” while the second podcast is a preview of what to expect at the first talk event, which takes place on March 14th from 19.30 – 21.00 at TU Delft.
Have a listen if you get a chance and let me know what you think. You can listen here on this website or by clicking here and listening on Castos, the hosting site. Stay tuned for details on how to get the podcast on iTunes too.
More episodes to come over the coming weeks!
After a heatwave that never seemed like it would or want to end, autumn is on the way with falling leaves and torrential showers forecast. Well that’s what I’m expecting in the Netherlands in any case. The impending arrival of autumn also signals a busy few months ahead with events in the Netherlands, China, the UK, and Ireland on the horizon. Travelling the world with my superhero message.
First up is the Opening of the Academic Year (OAY) at TU Delft on Monday September 3rd. Each year, the OAY is a significant event in TU Delft’s calendar as the latest batch of undergraduate students are saluted as they set forth on the next stage of their education adventure. The theme for this year’s OAY is superheroes with the event entitled “Unchain Your Inner Superhero“. For the event I’ll be the keynote speaker during which I’ll talk about the Secrets of Superhero Science and the lessons that the new students can learn from superheroes. Thereafter, two TU Delft researchers will speak about their research and why it is so important for the superheroes and a possible superpower future. At the end of the event there’ll be a superhero-themed quiz with the audience answering the questions. Stay tuned for a blog on the event next week.
I’ve also got some very exciting news in relation to another scientific publication on superheroes. Stay tuned for the announcement over the coming weeks. And of course my open access journal “Superhero Science and Technology” will be publishing some more exciting superhero-themed papers in the autumn.
Lots of super-events and super-output ahead.
It’s been a while since I added to post to the site. Sorry for the delay, it’s been a hectic start to 2018.
This year will see a number of superhero films released starting with next week’s Black Panther film. I’ve got my ticket, have you?
Already this year I’ve spoken at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and opened Saxion’s International Project Week in Enschede. The combined audience number from the two events was more 1,200 people, which is incredible.
Next up I’m off to the US to speak about superheroes (and my current research at TU Delft) at the American Physical Society (APS) meeting in LA in March. And after that I’m really looking forward to speaking at the Mountain to Sea Book Festival in Dublin on March 23rd and March 25th.
Finally this year has started out incredibly in terms of my academic and superhero research. I had a paper published with regards to Hawkeye from the Avengers in Advances in Physiology Education. You can check out the paper here. I’ll write more about this article soon.
And yes. Thanos is coming. More soon
With Wonder Woman being released in cinemas around the world this month, many of you might be dreaming of super-strength, bullet-proof bracelets or even the lasso of truth.
On Wednesday 7th June, the symposium ” Secrets of Superhero Science” will take place at TU Delft as part of the International Festival of Technology (IFoT). This symposium will focus on Superhero Science and the possibility of creating superpowers in the future including bulletproof materials that could replicate Wonder Woman’s bulletproof bracelets.
It’s been a real adventure putting the event together in conjunction with the great team involved in the organisation of the IFoT in Delft. I’ve got to say I’m very much looking forward to hosting the event, hearing what the speakers have to say about their work and how their work relates to creating superpowers and hearing from the audience during and after the event.
I promise a fun, entertaining and educational event and I hope to see you there.
Since I published my book “Secrets of Superhero Science” back in February last year it’s been an exciting superhero-filled superpower-fuelled adventure. And the adventure continues to astound!
Next month as part of the International Festival of Technology I will be hosting the 1st ever symposium on Superhero Science. The symposium – Secrets of Superhero Science – will bring together speakers from various fields to discuss their work and the implications for possible superpowers in the future. There will genetics, 3D bioprinting, exoskeletons, bullet-proof materials, nano-vision and ethics. I’ve got to say I’m hugely excited about the event and can’t wait to host the incredible speakers I’ve got lined up for the symposium. A full list of the speakers can be found right here.
Stay tuned for more updates on the event over the coming days and weeks. It’s going to be super!