The Dutch Black Hole Consortium is a large group of institutions and companies that are working together to promote better understanding of black holes, the most extreme and mysterious objects in the universe. An interdisciplinary team of astronomers, computer experts, geologists, and physicists is developing better models and more sensitive measuring equipment, such as for the Einstein Telescope (ET), an underground detector for gravitational waves which may be built in South Limburg.
As well as fundamental scientific research, the consortium also promotes public understanding of modern physics. It is looking into how contemporary scientific research can be relevant for teacher training programmes and the curricula for primary and secondary education. Public activities are also being developed in collaboration with the Boerhaave museum and Discovery Museum. A film on gravitational waves and black holes in Discovery Museum’s earth theatre will form part of the public programme.