Lucas Ellerbroek (1984) is astronomer and the auther of Planet Hunters, The search for extraterrestrial life. He conducts research on the origin of comets and planets at the University of Amsterdam.
He is currently working on his second book, The Mission, from rocket builder to space tourist, which will be published in 2017.
Lucas appears regularly on TV in Belgium and The Netherlands, usually explaining the news around astronomy. He is known for explaining complex matters in understandable language. After he completed his Phd, he worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where he gained experience as a corporate advisor.
He is a member of Faces of Science, the talent pool at the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) and he is considered an ambassador of science in the Netherlands. Furthermore, he is one of the founders and presenters of Nerd Nite Amsterdam, a network of young professionals in science, technology and the creative sector.
In his presentations he shows the ‘human’ side of science; how our constant amazement at the world around us inspires creativity and innovative ideas. He seeks to connect with a wide audience by presenting at unusual places: he presented at the Stedelijk Museum, at festivals (Into the Great Wide Open, InScience Film Festival), and introduced techno-DJ Jeff Mills to the observatory in Amsterdam.
In his presentations, Lucas shares his passion for science, innovation and technology. He connects his knowledge of science and astronomy to a broad variety of themes whereby he allows the audience to ‘zoom out’, showing how, for example, Leadership and Change become clearer if you look at them from a large distance.
“Lucas moderated our symposium with scientifically astute questions and insights. Despite his non-medical background he was able to get to the core of the matter. I would recommend Lucas as a presenter for any symposium.”
–Matt Harmon, MD and researcher, intensive care, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam
Lucas at Al Jazeera Newshour
Lucas Ellerbroek at TEDxHaarlem:
Lucas at Nerd Night Amsterdam