Conferences - Seminars

30MAR
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  14:00-15:00 ME B1 B10

The draft tube of a hydraulic turbine is the turbine element located downstream of the runner. It has a divergent shape in order to convert the residual kinetic energy leaving the runner into pressure and thus increase the specific energy transfer to the runner. The performances of low head bulb turbines are highly influenced by ... Read more about "Analysis of head losses in a bulb turbine draft tube by means of unsteady numerical simulations"
By Sylvia Wilhelm, Grenoble Institute of Technology/ Ense3, Laboratoire LEGI
30MAR
  14:00-15:00 PPB019

The installation of the all metal ITER like first wall at JET has profoundly affected the way JET can be operated. Operating with this beryllium and tungsten wall is significantly more difficult than operating with a carbon wall. Issues which have to be handled are; accumulation of metallic impurities in the plasma core, the risk ... Read more about "Real Time Control at JET with the ITER Like Wall in Preparation for DT Operation"
By Dr. M. Lennholm JET, Culham, UK
30MAR
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  16:00-17:00 Zeuzier

ChE-602 - Recent Events in Energy seminar series The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research center for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. One of its main missions is to conceive, realize and run so-called large-scale facilities. With muon, neutron and photon beams, including at the new free-electron laser SwissFEL, PSI offers yearly, ... Read more about "Energy Research at Paul Scherrer Institute: recent highlights obtained at PSI’s large-scale facilities"
By Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot
Director of Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI ...
31MAR
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  12:15-13:00 GC B3 30

Abstract: Beyond some critical load, solids under traction break through the propagation of a crack. Under slowly increasing compressive load, the failure mode of materials turns out to be qualitatively different: They first damage rather homogeneously until the emergence of a thin localization band where most fracture mechanisms subsequently concentrates. The specimen then loses its ... Read more about "Intermittency and localization in compressive failure of heterogeneous materials"
By Dr Laurent Ponson, Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, UPMC ...
31MAR
  15:00-16:00 PPB019

Experimental results in DIII-D successfully demonstrate the potential of physics-model-based control for systematic attainment of desired plasma internal profiles, with the subsequent benefit of enabling exploration and reproducibility. The control scheme is constructed by embedding a nonlinear, controloriented, physics-based model of the plasma dynamics into the control design process. This modeling approach combines first-principles laws ... Read more about "Exploration and Reproducibility of Advanced Plasma Scenarios via Current and Rotation Profile Control in DIII-D"
By Prof. Eugenio Schuster Plasma Control Lab, Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, USA
31MAR
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By Prof. Jonas Peters, University of Copenhagen
06APR
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  15:00-16:15 BCH2218

The functions of proteins have traditionally been linked to their well-defined three-dimensional, folded structures. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that many proteins perform essential functions without being folded. Single-molecule spectroscopy provides new opportunities for investigating the structure and dynamics of such unfolded or ‘intrinsically disordered’ proteins (IDPs). The combination of single-molecule Förster resonance energy ... Read more about "Probing unfolded and intrinsically disordered proteins with single-molecule spectroscopy"
By Prof. Ben Schuler, University of Zurich
06APR
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  16:30-17:30 BCH 2201

The 26S proteasome operates at the executive end of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway for the controlled degradation of intracellular proteins. The 2.5 MDa complex is built of 34 different subunits and comprises two subcomplexes: the 20S core where proteolysis takes place and one or two regulating particles which prepare substrates for degradation. Whereas the structure of ... Read more about "The molecular machinery of protein degradation - structural studies ex situ and in situ"
By Prof. Wolfgang Baumeister
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Germany
 
10APR
13APR
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  08:00-17:00 BI A0 448

Volatility modeling appeared more than thirty years ago with the publication in 1982 of a paper where Rob Engle introduced the ARCH model. Volatility modeling is to this day one of the most active research topics in financial econometrics. Despite the enormous advances that we have seen in the past, new approaches are under progress. ... Read more about "Spring School and Workshop on Volatility Dynamics and Option Prices and Econometrics of Intraday Data"
By SPRING SCHOOL
Speakers:
Peter Christoffersen University of Toronto
Sébastien Laurent ...
11APR
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  11:00-12:00 BCH 5310

Professor Jensen’s research is at the interface between synthetic chemistry, biology, biophysics, medicinal chemistry, and nanobioscience. A starting point is often new synthetic methodology, including reagents for solid-phase synthesis and for chemoselective chemistry on carbohydrates, peptides and proteins. Recent examples include the use of abiotic ligands to control the quaternary architecture of proteins, and new ... Read more about "Half-Life Extension of Biopharmaceuticals using Chemical Methods"
By Prof. Knud Jensen, University of Copenhagen
20APR
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  16:00-17:00 Zeuzier

ChE-602 - Recent Events in Energy seminar series Polymer:fullerene blends have attracted attention as efficient organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials promising over 10% power conversion efficiency. In this talk, I present results obtained with a variety of ultrafast spectroscopic techniques (transient absorption, terahertz and electro-modulated differential absorption spectroscopy) that have allowed to correlate the mechanism of ... Read more about "Charge generation in organic solar cell blends"
By Prof. Natalie Banerji
Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science,
University of ...
26APR
30APR
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  09:00-18:00 CERM Martigny

For the second year, the Swiss Mobility Days are organised in CERM (Martigny, Valais) from the 26th to the 30th of April 2017. Beside exhibitions during the 5 days, one scientific symposium is proposed on Wednesday 26th and a conference day for professionnals and Communes will take place on the 28th of April. The objective ... Read more about "Swiss Mobility Days"
By Presence of the SFOE, La Poste, Tesla, Leclanché, Groupe E ...
27APR
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  14:00-15:00 Zeuzier

ChE-602 - Recent Events in Energy seminar series Semiconducting perovskites and their corresponding opto-electronic applications have evolved at an impressive speed over the last years. Given the maturity of this technology in terms of performance, a surprisingly number of scientifically challenging questions are still under discussion. The nature of the bandgap transition and the unusual ... Read more about "Challenges in perovskite photovoltaics: towards a stable and efficient technology"
By Prof. Dr. Christoph J. Brabec
Department Werkstoffwissenschaften
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
27APR
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  14:00-16:00 INR113

In this tutorial, we first present two renown statistical inference methods: The Maximum Likelihood Estimator and the Maximum Entropy Principle. We show how these estimators can be modeled as Kullback-Leibler divergence minimization problems, and therefore interpreted geometrically as information projections. We then present the basic construction of dually flat Shannon spaces and describe some useful ... Read more about "What is an information projection? An invitation to information geometry"
By Frank Nielsen, Professeur at Ecole Polytechnique, France.
https://www.lix ...
27APR
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  16:15-18:00 BCH2218

Natural products and synthetic small molecules are central players in chemical biology studies. Drug substances can perturb cellular processes underlying diseases, thereby enabling the discovery of biological targets suitable for therapeutic intervention. Small molecules have been shown to accurately tune protein and nucleic acids functions in reversible and dose-dependent manners with valuable temporal resolution. Hence, ... Read more about "An iron hand over cancer stem cells"
By Prof. Raphael Rodriguez, Institut Curie, Paris

Thesis defenses

07APR
  17:00 Salle Zeuzier, EPFL Valais Wallis, Rue de l'Industrie 17, 1951 Sion

Thesis director : Prof. H. Girault Chemistry and Chemical Engineering doctoral program. Thesis 7690 Read more about "Photoproduction of Hydrogen by Decamethylruthenocene"
By Lucie Josette Renée RIVIER
11APR
By Kristina VAKLINOVA

Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture

31MAR
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  17:15 Auditoire CO 1

Le polariton est une toute nouvelle quasi-particule, qui n’a été découverte que très récemment, et qui provident du couplage intime entre deux fermions (un électron et un trou) et un boson (un photon). Cette particule étrange, aux propriétés tout à fait extraordinaires et à la durée de vie incroyablement courte (de l’ordre de 1 picoseconde), ... Read more about "Dis tonton, c’est quoi un polariton"
By Prof. Benoit Deveaud, Institute de Physique, FSB, EPFL

Miscellaneous

25APR
  15:00-17:30 BC420

The Doctoral School, the Study Programs Promotion Department and the Student Affairs Service are delighted to invite all newly enrolled PhD students for this gathering in order to meet and talk about all services available for them on the campus. At 3pm, we will meet in room BC 420. Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst, Vice-President for Education, ... Read more about "PhD Welcome Event"
By Pierre Vandergheynst, Vice-president for Education, and representatives of other services ...

Call for proposal

13MAR
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Please take note that PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) takes the responsibility to promote talented young scientists and engineers after a career break by providing fellowships for returning to science. This program was launched in 2009 for women as “Förderprogramm für Wiedereinsteigerinnen”. In 2015 it was also awarded to the first male fellow and is now ... Read more about "PSI Career Return Program - open call"
15APR
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Employed researchers with a doctorate or equivalent experience can apply. It is possible to submit together with a co-applicant. A maximum of CHF 180,000 per project to fund salaries, consumables etc. may be requested. This will enable the beneficiaries to research and pursue the objectives they have determined for 18 months. Deadlines: 15th of April ... Read more about "[NOVARTIS FreeNovation I RESEARCH FUNDING]"