Main speakers

Gerard Muijzer

He is a Professor of Microbial Systems Ecology in the Department of Aquatic Microbiology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam.

He will inform us about the (micro)organisms that will survive and/or will thrive during circumstances related to an apocalypse, such as high temperatures and high levels of radioactivity.

Joris Buis

He is a education Developer, Programme manager and Lecturer of, amongst others, the Honours Course ‘Extinction: the past, present, and future’ at the University of Amsterdam.

He will inform us about the underlying mechanisms of and the scientific perspective on extinction, as well as about the current status of mass extinction.

Ries Simons

Ries Simons is senior consultant in Aerospace Medicine. He is co-chairman of the Advisory Board of the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), member of the Space Medicine Group of ESAM, and member of the Air Transport Medicine Committee of the Aerospace Medical Association (USA). Ries has given many lectures about the hemodynamic effects of orbital and sub-orbital flights.

At this congress Ries will focus on the effects of physiological and psychological effects of space flights when humans migrate to outer space.

Charissa de Bekker

Charissa de Bekker is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster at the University of Central Florida. She earned her Ph.D. from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Charissa will talk about a realistic version of a zombie Apocalypse. The type of infected living dead that seem to exist with the sole purpose to transmit their infection to the living. While most zombie stories are firmly based in the camp of fiction, so-called “zombie-making parasites” are very real. These parasites of course do not cause the rise of the undead but they do change the behavior of their animal hosts such that it favors disease transmission.

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