On 7th of October, it was time again for the Open Day at Science Park in Amsterdam! From noon on, there were many visitors, especially parents with their children, who were enthusiastic to learn about the different facets of science.
Like last year, we were organising the “Kristalfabriek” to introduce visitors to the enormous use but also to the undeniable aesthetics of protein crystallography. Our guests could grow their own protein crystals in just 15 min. and stain them with a blue dye to determine if they were real protein crystals. On a big screen but also through the microscope, the experimenters could marvel at their work. It was an exciting day and I hope that we succeeded in directing more attention to the value of crystallography and structural biology!