Thanks to modern scientific research and advanced technologies, we are closer than ever to creating the superpowers of superheroes such as the X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Iron Man. Secrets of Superhero Science is the 1st conference in the world on the subject of superhero science and technology. It will take place on June 7th, as part of the International Festival of Technology, celebrating the 175th anniversary of TU Delft.

Barry Fitzgerald, a TU Delft research scientist and author of the book Secrets of Superhero Science, will introduce six speakers who will tell you everything about their work, and how their work could be used to develop superhero technologies in the future. You’ll hear about the possibility of mimicking Wolverine’s regenerative healing powers, building the foundations of an Iron Man suit, as well as learning how we might manage superpowers when they are introduced into future society.


Genetic editing - CRISPR/Cas tool:
Robert Mans, TU Delft TNW. Superhero: X-Men and the Hulk.

Regenerative medicine - 3D Bioprinting:
Professor Lorenzo Moroni, MERLN Institute & Maastricht University. Superheroes: Wolverine and Deadpool.

Exoskeletons - Project March:
Marise de Baar and Donald Dingemanse, Project March TU Delft. Superheroes: Iron Man, War Machine and Batman.

Impenetrable materials - Bulletproof spider silk skin:
Jalila Essaïdi, BioArt Laboratories Eindhoven. Superheroes: Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Superman.

Revealing the Micro-World - Nanovision:
Dr. Ivan Lorenzo-Moldero, 4BlueCells Maastricht. Superhero: Ant-Man.

Ethics of Superpower Technologies:
Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe, TU Delft TBM. Superhero: all of them.

More information

More on the conference and the festival:

More about Barry Fitzgerald:

Contact: B.Fitzgerald@tudelft.nl

More about the TU Delft Lustrum:

Science Information Officer TU Delft Roy Meijer, +31 15 2781751,