The Dutch Black Hole Consortium will conduct interdisciplinary research into black holes, from the development of telescopes and geological research for the possible arrival of the Einstein Telescope, to pure astronomical and theoretical issues. The researchers try to involve a large part of society in this through education and outreach.
An interesting collaboration is that of physicist and science historian Jeroen van Dongen and string theorist Jan de Boer, who will supervise a PhD student who will conduct historical and philosophical research into black holes, and who, together with UvA scientists, will also be closely involved in organizing an exhibition about research into black holes at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave. The project also involves UvA physicists and astronomers Alejandra Castro, Tanja Hinderer, Sera Markoff, Samaya Nissanke and Erik Verlinde.
The consortium, of which Stefan Vandoren (Utrecht University) is the coordinator, consists of the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam of Radboud University, Nikhef, the University of Twente, Maastricht University, KNMI, Delft University of Technology, Leiden University, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, TNO, the Hogeschool Utrecht, the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Museumplein Limburg, the Province of Limburg, Innoseis, Shell, the Las Cumbres Observatory, the Black Hole Initiative (Harvard) and Natuurkunde.nl.
The project will receive funding in the second round within the program of the National Research Agenda: Research on Routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC). In addition to the black hole consortium, another 20 consortia will work in teams on interdisciplinary research that will bring scientific and social breakthroughs within reach.
UvA physicists are also involved in a second consortium that will conduct research into neutrinos shortly after the Big Bang. In all projects the entire knowledge chain and social organizations, both public and private parties, work closely together.