Sat 01 April
In 1674, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek took a water sample from a lake nearby Delft, called the Berkelse Meer. Using his self-made microscope lens, Van Leeuwenhoek zoomed in on the sample and suddenly spotted “tiny animals” wiggling around. These were microbes, and as such, this moment marked the beginning of microbiology as a scientific field of study.
As part of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek year, marking the 300th anniversary of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s death, RADIUS is organizing a series of microscopy workshops. Guided by Delft-based artist Rob van Es, participants are provided with a peek into microbial life. During the workshop, participants are taught the ins and outs of microscopes and prepare their own samples, which they can take home at the end of the workshop. Besides looking at microbial life, you will also be taught how to photograph the sample by using the lens of the microscope.