FMS Research Center

H2O, the magic solvent


‘On behalf of the organizing committee it gives me great pleasure to invite you to a special symposium: H2O, the magic solvent. The symposium is organized in honor of Professor Jan Engberts in celebration of his 75th birthday. The lectures will reflect our appreciation for his continued interest in the frontiers of science and education. We will also share his life-long passion for that magic molecule, water.

You are cordially invited to join with us at the University of Groningen for an afternoon of scientific highlights!’

Prof. Sijbren Otto and Prof. Ben Feringa
University of Groningen
The Netherlands
Prof. Bert Meijer
Eindhoven University
of Technology
The Netherlands
Prof. Mischa Bonn
Max Planck Institute
for Polymer Research
Phillip Ball
Freelance science writer



13:00 Welcome by Prof. dr. Ben Feringa
13:10 Prof. dr. Sijbren Otto (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
           Systems Chemistry in Water: From Molecular Recognition to Self-Replication
13:55 Prof. dr. Mischa Bonn (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
           Structure and Dynamics of Interfacial Water
14:40 BREAK
15:10 Prof. dr. Bert Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
           Spatiotemporal control in supramolecular polymers in water; Lessons learned from Professor Jan Engberts
15:55 Phillip Ball (Freelance science writer, UK)
           Hydrophobicity: one concept or many?
16:40 Contribution by Prof. Jan Engberts and closing remarks by Prof.dr. Ben Feringa
17:00 Drinks & snacks


Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen
(Building marked with an X on the map)

Lecture hall 5111.0022 (next to the reception desk at the entrance of the building)


If you are interested in attending the symposium, please send an mail with your name and affiliation to before Friday 3 April 2015. Please also indicate in the email if you will need a parking space.


For any other questions please contact Tineke Kalter at