A JOINT PROGRAMME OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ANTWERP AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

Behind The Science offers a unique, “behind-the-scenes” look at some of the ground-breaking research conducted at the University of Antwerp. Join us on a journey amongst atomic particles, courtesy of the world’s strongest microscope; analyse traces of drugs in sewage water; investigate just how green renewable energy really is; adopt a logical perspective on logistics; and uncover hidden masterpieces by past masters such as van Gogh and Goya.

HIDDEN MASTERPIECES HIDDEN MASTERPIECES

NOW 2 VAN GOGH'S FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!

Go on a hunt for hidden masterpieces. You won’t find them in centuries-old cellars or abandoned houses, but you will find them below the surface of world famous paintings. Professor Koen Janssens is developing scanning techniques that make it possible to look straight through paintings and see which colours are present just below the surface. In Behind the Science, take a look over the shoulder of famous artists and discover what they initially sketched or painted on their canvas before they created the picture as we know it today.

DRUG SEWERSDRUG SEWERS

SEWAGE SPEAKS VOLUMES, COCAINE PARTS AND XTC PARTS.

Drug abuse. It’s still a taboo subject, which means that it’s not something people are very willing to talk about. And in the opinion of scientist Alexander van Nuijs, if people don’t speak up, then you have to let the street –or even better- the sewer do the talking. A single sample from an Antwerp sewer says more than a thousand wild party stories: Antwerp is the cocaine capital of Europe. Thanks to the University of Antwerp and the National Geographic Channel, you can spend an evening in a sewer where you will discover all the secrets of the wild nightlife in major European cities, including Antwerp and Amsterdam.

IN BETWEEN ATOMSIN BETWEEN ATOMS

EVER SAW A HAIR THAT'S 2KM IN THICKNESS?

Take a look inside the atomic structure of materials with the world’s most powerful microscope. And discover how a precious metal like gold could alter the future of medical science. This microscope at the University of Antwerp makes it possible to get a crystal clear look at the size and shape of gold nanoparticles. And that is important because these minute particles can only be used in the fight against cancer if they have the right size and shape. However this microscope has a lot more to offer. It is invaluable for a broad range of research fields.

RENEWABLE ENERGYRENEWABLE ENERGY

HOW GREEN IS A FOREST?

Can woodchips solve the world’s energy problem? That is the question wich Professor Ceulemans and his team at the University of Antwerp have been working on since 2010. At the largest bio-energy plantation of the Benelux, fast-growing trees grow up to a height of seven metres or more in a two-year rotation cycle. Trees are harvested after two years and processed into woody chips. Discover with the National Geographic Channel whether the University of Antwerp research succeeded in converting the woody chips into an alternative and renewable biofuel that is environmentally and energetically better than fossil fuels.

ECO ECONOMICSECO ECONOMICS

CAN ECO-LOGISTICS ALSO SAVE THE ECONOMY?

What do you do when you’re stuck in a traffic jam? Sing along full voice with the radio or swear at the lorries that are taking up the whole road? Well, you’re right. After all, a quarter of all lorries on the road are empty and the rest are only 57% full. This inefficiency is not only bad for traffic, but it’s also bad for the economy and our environment. The University of Antwerp logistics specialists agree wholeheartedly. Watch this broadcast and see how logistics specialists try to go down an environmentally-friendly route with the transport sector, whether by road, rail, air or water.