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Bioclock Academy

What is the bioclock academy?

  • The BioClock Academy are monthly online seminars in which researchers in the field of chronobiology speak about a topic related to the biological clock, with a key focus to introduce basic concepts and understanding of biological rhythms. This includes topics within chronobiological fields of medicine, ecology, psychology and biomedical sciences.

  • When?

    Seminars take place every third Wednesday of the month, from 16:00-17:00 (GMT+1, Amsterdam). The 60 minute seminars (40 min. talk + 20 min. discussion) are free to join and take place via Zoom.

  • By who?

    Organized by the BioClock Academy Committee, with scientists from the consortium and around.

  • For whom?

    Our goal is to educate early career scientists who are new to the field of chronobiology. But, everyone is welcome to join!

  • How to attend?

Upcoming seminar

Dr. Marijke C.M. Gordijn is founder/ CEO, shareholder and senior scientist of Chrono@Work. After finishing her Masters in Biology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, she worked for more than 25 years as a scientist specialised in human chronobiology and sleep at both the department of Chronobiology at the University of Groningen and the department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Groningen. In 2012, she founded Chrono@Work to improve the application of fundamental chronobiological knowledge in society.

In addition to being director of Chrono@Work, Marijke Gordijn is appointed as a guest researcher at the University of Groningen. She is regularly asked to advise the Health Council of the Netherlands. She is currently president of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms and co-founder/board member of both Chronotherapy Network Netherlands and the Good Light Group.

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September 20, 2023

Marijke Gordijn RUG

Dr. Marijke Gordijn

University of Grongingen & Chrono@Work

Topic: Melatonin and melatonin treatment

September 20, 2023

October 18, 2023

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Prof. dr. Marcel Visser

Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Topic: Seasonal timing 

Past seminars

Seminar 1 – Central circadian clock – Prof. Johanna Meijer

Academy lecture, on September 21 (’22) by Prof. J.H. Meijer, LUMC: “The neuronal network organization of the central circadian clock”

Seminar 2 – Clocks in ecology – Dr. ir. Kamiel Spoelstra

Academy lecture on October 19 (’22) by Dr. ir. K. Spoelstra, NIOO-KNAW: “Clocks in ecology”

Seminar 3 – Molecular clocks – Dr. Ines Chaves

Academy lecture on November 16 (’22) by Dr. Ines Chaves, Erasmus MC: “Molecular Clocks; zooming in on circadian rhythms”

Seminar 4 – entrainment by light – prof. Roelof Hut

Academy lecture on January 18 (’23) by prof. Roelof Hut, University of Groningen: “Light entrainment of circadian clocks”

Seminar 5 – Brain clock – prof. Andries Kalsbeek

Academy lecture on February 15 (’23) by prof. Andries Kalsbeek, Amsterdam UMC: “The ins and outs of the central brain clock”

Seminar 7 – Plant clocks – dr. Ellen Cieraad

Academy lecture on April 19 (’23) by dr. Ellen Cieraad: “Illuminating disruptors of the plant clock”

seminar 8 – Human rhythms – dr. Laura Kervezee

Academy lecture on May 17 (’23) by dr. Laura Kervezee: “Human chronobiology in the lab and in the field: from molecular rhythms to clinical applications”

seminar 9 – clocks & mental health – dr. niki antypa

Academy lecture on June 21 (’23) by dr. Niki Antypa: “Clocks in depression”