Academy Symposium

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)

22 November 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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At this symposium, five researchers will talk about the construction of the Extremely Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile and what it will be able to observe once it is completed.

20161122-Artistieke-impressie-E-ELT-ESO-460-body.jpgArtist impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Source: European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Optical telescope

Europe is building an optical telescope in Chile that has a diameter of almost forty metres – one of the largest in the world. Meeting the 2024 completion deadline will be an enormous challenge for astronomers, physicists, optical and mechanical engineers, mathematicians, systems and control specialists and computer experts. Will they succeed? And what will the telescope show us once it’s done?


  • Roberto Tamai, E-ELT Programme Manager, ESO – The ESO Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) project – History and construction status (Lecture in English)
  • Joseph Braat, Professor of Optics, Delft University of Technology – Afbeelding met een telescoop door de aardse atmosfeer [Telescopic images through earth's atmosphere] (Lecture in Dutch)
  • Jan Nijenhuis, Chief Systems Engineer, TNO Technical Sciences – De uitdaging van het maken van een betaalbare 50 milimeter dikke spiegel van 39 meter diameter [The challenge of making an affordable, 50 mm thick mirror with a 39 m diameter] (Lecture in Dutch)
  • Michel Verhaegen, Professor of Systems and Control, Delft Center for Systems and Control-CSI team – Intelligent number crunching for the ELT (Lecture in English)
  • Eline Tolstoy, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Groningen – What will the future bring? Scientific discoveries expected from the E-ELT (Lecture in English)


You are welcome to attend this symposium. Participation is free of charge, but you must register in advance by completing the registration form (Dutch).