On 25 November, NWO announced that the interdisciplinary Black Holes Consortium will receive EUR 4.9 million. Part of this money will be invested in preparations for the Einstein Telescope, and public exhibitions at the Continium discovery centre and Museumplein Limburg in Kerkrade.
Unraveling the mysteries of the universe
The entire consortium consists of 31 applicants from universities and colleges, and 6 partners from industry, museums and government. Together they will work on a better understanding of the most extreme and mysterious objects in the universe: black holes. Stefan Vandoren of Utrecht University coordinates the project. He summarizes the plans as follows:
“With this proposal, we will create a new interdisciplinary consortium that will further unravel the mysteries of black holes and the universe. Astronomers and physicists are going to join forces to make new discoveries, geologists are going to do groundwork for the upcoming construction of the Einstein Telescope, and together with the applied universities we will develop new teaching material to interest young people in science.”
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Image: N. Fischer, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration