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Blaauw lecture

Every year the Kapteyn Institute organizes the Blaauw lecture. Aimed at a general audience, this lecture is given by an internationally renowned astronomer. The level is such that even the interested layman can follow it. More information about the Blaauw lecture of 2024 as well as previous years can be found in the menu on the leftside of this web page.

The Blaauw chair and the Blaauw lecture

The Blaauw chair and Blaauw lecture were initiated in 1997 as one of six visiting professorships in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The idea came from Prof. Dr P.C. van der Kruit, the dean of the faculty at that time.


The Blaauw professor is selected by the scientific staff of the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute. The Blaauw professor will be at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute for a number of weeks and will have as much contact as possible with students, graduate students and postdocs.


The criteria for the selection are: excellence in research, broad knowledge of astronomy, and an outstanding international status in astronomy.

The chair is named after Prof. A. Blaauw in honor of his outstanding scientific and organisational achievements and his extremely important impact on astronomy in Groningen, The Netherlands and the world.

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