Academy Lecture by Professor Shrinivas Kulkarni

The Restless Universe. How the Periodic Table Got Built up

24 May 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30 hrs
OBA Oosterdok, Theaterzaal OBA, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
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Shrinivas Kulkarni will talk about the great discoveries of the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF): super-luminous supernovae, new classes of transients, new data on the progenitors of supernovae, detection of gamma-ray bursts by purely optical techniques, and troves of pulsating and binary stars.

An aerial view of the Palomar Observatory (California). One of the Palomar Observatory’s projects is the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a high-tech survey utilising gigantic CCD (Charge Coupled Device) cameras and a sophisticated software system, and aimed squarely at systematically finding ‘blips and booms in the middle of the night’. ZTF is poised to become the stepping stone for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.


  • Ed van den Heuvel, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam – Welcome and introduction
  • Shrinivas Kulkarni, Principal Investigator, Zwicky Transient Facility, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, United States – The Restless Universe. How the Periodic Table Got Built up

Professor Shrinivas Kulkarni is this year’s Johannes Diderik van der Waals Visiting Professor, a Visiting Professorship of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.