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Roest, Prof. Diederik

Diederik Roest (photo: Milette Raats)
Diederik Roest (photo: Milette Raats)


String theory, cosmology

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Diederik Roest (1977) is Associate Professor of String Cosmology. Although he is particularly interested in the mathematical properties of string theory, he also likes to translate abstract theory into concrete experiments. For example, he studies how the existence of string theory could be proved by means of observations on the largest possible distance scales, such as cosmic background radiation. He hopes that the Planck space observatory’s latest measurements will offer clues as to whether string theory actually does play a role in nature. Roest is passionate about explaining complex science to the public in order to build trust in research.

In 2014, Roest was appointed a member of the Young Academy, a platform for young top scientists that organizes activities in the fields of interdisciplinarity, science policy, and science and society. The Young Academy annually selects ten talented researchers to join its ranks. In addition to proven research excellence, members must have a broad interest in science and science communication.

Roest is one of the academics who took the initiative for and are working on the online course on the academic world for 10 to 12-year-olds.

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