Conferences - Seminars

19FEB
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Abstract: Experiments and numerical studies have demonstrated that the power extracted by the wind plant is directly and proportionately related to the transport of mean kinetic energy - here the parting point. This is intimately tied with the balance of turbulence kinetic energy. These relations are shown through wind tunnel experiments and large eddy simulations ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Considering mean and turbulence kinetic energy transport on stratified wind plant boundary layers"
20FEB
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Abstract: During our daily life, we depend on memories of past experiences to plan future behaviour. These memories are represented by the activity of specific neuronal groups or ‘engrams’. Neuronal engrams are assembled during learning by synaptic modification, and engram reactivation represents the memorized experience. Engrams of conscious memories are initially stored in the hippocampus ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Marlene Bartos - Emergence of stable and dynamic memory engrams in the hippocampus"
By  Marlene Bartos, Cellular and Systemic Neuroscience, Institute for Physiology I ...
20FEB
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Frank Dobbin is a professor of Sociology at Harvard. He is chair of the Organizational Behavior Ph.D. Program and coordinator (Harvard) for the MIT-Harvard Economic Sociology Seminar. Frank Dobbin has long standing experience in analysing the impact of institutional strategies and actions to promote gender and diversity and is currently completing research on major diversity ... Read more about "CONFERENCE & ROUND TABLE: Which Diversity Initiatives Work? Thirty Years of Evidence from U.S. Employers"
By Prof. Frank Dobbin Round table with:
Prof. Franciska Krings, Professor ...
26FEB
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Abstract: In recent years, there has been significant interest in the applications of printed electronics in the realization of a range of low-cost, large area, flexible electronic systems such as displays, distributed sensors, and low-cost disposable tags. To make printed electronics a viable technology, however, there is a need for significant innovations across all aspects ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Tools and Processes for Printed Electronic Systems"
27FEB
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  11:00-12:00 Martigny, room 106

We address the optimization of a computer model, where each simulation either fails or returns a valid output performance. We suggest a joint Gaussian process model for classification of the inputs (computation failure or success) and for regression of the performance function. We discuss the maximum likelihood estimation of the covariance parameters, with a stochastic ... Read more about "Gaussian process optimization with simulation failures"
By Dr. François Bachoc
27FEB
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  18:15-19:15 BC 420

Mars’ ice caps hold the secret to the planet's climate, hydrological processes and is a likely place to contain traces of life, should they exist. A crewed mission to the surface of Mars, with the objective of drilling into the Northern ice cap and analysing the samples in-situ would therefore advance our knowledge of the ... Read more about "Systems Engineering and Design of a Mars Polar Life Research Base"
By Anne-Marlene Rüede
05MAR
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Abstract: Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical processes with stable oxide materials still lack the efficiency to justify industrial application, mainly due to insufficient light absorption, short charge carrier lifetimes, or dominant recombination. The presentation will present strategies including mesostructuring of complex semiconductor mixed oxide materials on the nanoscale to improve photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical activity for H2 generation ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Mesostructured Semiconductor Oxides for Solar Energy Conversion"
06MAR
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Hippocampal mossy fiber synapses are an important element in the hippocampus and exhibit various forms of synaptic plasticity. To investigate the mechanism of transmitter release and its modulation, we used presynaptic capacitance measurements and EPSC recording to measure the kinetics of transmitter release. In addition, total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy was used to visualize ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Takeshi Sakaba - Biophysics of transmitter release at the mossy fiber synapse"
By Takeshi Sakaba, Laboratory of Molecular Synaptic Function, Graduate School of ...
07MAR
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  09:30-10:30 SV 1717

Early-life exposure to stressful experiences has been described as a predisposing factor to develop alterations both in metabolism and behavior. Here, we show that exposure to a paradigm of unpredictable stress during the peripubertal period reduces sociability in mice together with alterations in peripheral metabolism, such as increased percentage of fat mass. Remarkably, the protein ... Read more about "Neural Circuits & Behavior Process Report // Laia Morato - Stress-induced alterations of eNAMPT impair NAD+/SIRT1 pathway in the nucleus accumbens and reduce sociability"
By Laia Morato , Prof. Sandi's lab
12MAR
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  17:00-18:00 SV 1717

The prefrontal cortex (PFC) has been dubbed the “doer cortex” with a primary role of representing and selecting purposeful actions. In the context of psychiatric disorders, much of the neuronal data and computational work on the PFC encoding of behavior focuses on the representation (or perception) of internal and external events that precede these actions. ... Read more about "Lausanne Neuroscience Seminar // Bita Moghaddam - “Impact of anxiety on action encoding”"
By Bita Moghaddam PhD
Department of Behavioral Neuroscience
Oregon Health & ...
13MAR
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Outside of its well-characterized actions in the HPA axis, the stress-associated peptide corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) regulates neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission in several extrahypothalamic brain regions. Previous research has shown that CRF in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) promotes appetitive behavior through mechanisms that remain poorly understood. We have recently showed that CRF potentiates both dopaminergic ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Julia Lemos - Dissecting the actions of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) in the nucleus accumbens"
By Julia Lemos, Department of Neuroscience, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis ...
20MAR
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Identical objects and figures may look different in different contexts. This is a general phenomenon, manifested in many different domains of vision research, and it can provide important insights into various perceptual mechanisms. The talk will start with examples of salient contextual effects involving perception of transparency, gaze direction, 3D shape, and amodal completion. Most ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Dejan Todorovic - Effects of context in perception and visual illusions"
By  Dejan Todorovic, Lab of Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychology, University ...
26MAR
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Abstract: Complex three-dimensional (3D) structures in biology (e.g., cytoskeletal webs, neural circuits, and vasculature networks) form naturally to provide essential functions in even the most basic forms of life. Compelling opportunities exist for analogous 3D architectures in human-made devices, but design options are constrained by existing capabilities in materials growth and assembly. We report routes ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Mechanics-guided, deterministic 3D assembly"
27MAR
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Nutritional decisions are key determinants of health, wellbeing and aging. We want to understand how animals decide what to eat and how these decisions affect the fitness of the animal. To achieve a mechanistic, integrated, whole-animal understanding of nutritional decision-making we work at the interface of behavior, metabolism, microbiome, and physiology in the adult Drosophila ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Carlos Ribeiro - The brain as a central regulator of nutrition: how needs turn into wants"
By Carlos Ribeiro, Behavior and Metabolism Lab, Champalimaud Research, Champalimaud Centre ...
03APR
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By Samuel Muscinelli, Computational Neuroscience Laboratory (Gerstner Lab), BMI, SV, EPFL ...
03APR
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  13:00-18:30 Theatersaal National, Bern

Last year, the SNSF launched PRIMA, its new funding scheme for outstanding women researchers. PRIMA grantees benefit from a first-rate leadership programme, which we are launching at a special event in Bern. Don't miss the opportunity to hear a thought-provoking keynote speech by the renowned leadership expert Margaret J. Wheatley and participate in discussions on ... Read more about "Save the date: PRIMA Leadership Programme - Kick-off event"
By Keynote - Margaret J. Wheatley: The essential role played by women ...
09APR
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Abstract: Graphene is an attractive candidate for carbon-based electronic devices. However the absence of band gap is a major hindrance for this promising application. There is a need to develop facile routes for engineering the band gap via molecular functionalizations. The challenge resides in the fact that graphene is assumed to be chemically inert. [1] ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Chemistry makes graphene interfaces great again: a first-principles investigation"
09APR
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Abstract: It is an exciting period for nanofluidics, the field exploring the transport of fluids at the nanoscales. Routes now exist to fabricate individual channels with nanometric and even sub-nanometric dimensions, while new instruments have also been invented to probe transport across these channels. And indeed, a number of quite exotic properties for water and ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Water flows at nanoscales and exotic ionic transport"
07MAY
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BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: Imagine a world in which we could adapt biology to manufacture any therapeutic, material, or chemical from renewable resources, both quickly and on demand. Industrial biotechnology is one of the most attractive approaches for addressing this need, particularly when large-scale chemical synthesis is untenable. Unfortunately, current approaches to engineering organisms remain costly ... Read more about "Repurposing Ribosomes for Synthetic Biology"
By Prof. Michael Jewett, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (USA)
13JUN
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  09:30-10:30 SV 1717

The somatosensory thalamic nuclei of the rodent brain, collectively called the ventrobasal (VB) nucleus, contain a local interneuron population percentage of 3.7% (Cavdar et al., 2014). On the other hand, interneurons in the lateral geniculate (LGN) nucleus represent 15-20% of the neuronal population (Arcelli et al., 1997). Given the sparse distribution of these cell types ... Read more about "Neural Circuits & Behavior Process Report // Jane Yi - The building blocks of first order thalamic nuclei"
By Jane Yi, Prof. Markram's Lab
11JUL
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An ambitious goal of single-cell analyses is to describe dynamical biological processes and shed light on gene regulation. However, the destructive nature of transcriptomics measurements constitutes an immediate challenge to this purpose. The best algorithmic strategy to deal with this limitation has been reordering transcriptomes into a pseudo-temporal order. Yet, a distribution of cells in ... Read more about "Neural Circuits & Behavior Process Report // Gioele La Manno -RNA velocity of single cells: concept, estimation and applications"
By Gioele La Manno
04DEC
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By Marion Silies, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Institute for Development and Neurobiology (iDN ...

Thesis defenses

01MAR
  17:00 Salle H8-01-D EPFL Campus Biotech Ch. des Mines 9 - 1202 Genève

Thesis director : Prof. S. Lacour Biotechnology and Bioengineering doctoral program. Thesis 9046 Read more about "Soft multimodal neural interfaces for unravelling sensory neurological circuits"
By Frédéric Pierre Gérald MICHOUD
08MAR
  17:00 H8-01 144.165, Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Genève

Thesis director : Prof. S. Lacour Microsystems and Microelectronics doctoral program. Thesis 9181 Read more about "Soft microfabricated neural implants: a path towards translational implementation"
By Nicolas VACHICOURAS
08MAR
  17:30 MXF 1

Thesis director :Prof. F. Stellacci Materials Science and Engineering doctoral program. Thesis 9114 Read more about "virucidal nanomaterials against influenza"
By Özgün KOCABIYIK

Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture

14MAR
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  18:00-20:00 Polidôme PO 01

Nous présenterons dans notre leçon un bref historique des grands problèmes du calcul des variations comme l'inégalité isopérimétrique, le problème de la brachistochrone, le principe de Dirichlet ou le problème des surfaces minimales. Puis nous parlerons très brièvement de quelques problèmes ouverts. Programme: 18:00 Introduction par le professeur M. Picasso, MATH 18:10 Leçon d'honneur du ... Read more about "Le calcul des variations: une perspective historique"
By le Prof. Bernard Dacorogna, MATH (CAA)

Call for proposal

11MAR
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Call for Proposals for Multinational Research Projects on Translational Biomarkers in Brain Disorders The 'Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research' (NEURON) aims at coordinating research efforts and funding programmes of its partner countries in the field of disease-related neuroscience. The NEURON Network has launched a joint transnational call for projects on 'Translational Biomarkers in ... Read more about "[ ERA-NET NEURON JTC Call 2019 | Research funding]"
17MAR
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Founded in 1903, the Swiss Lung Association is a nationwide service organization for the lungs and the respiratory tract. It consists of 19 cantonal lung leagues coordinated by the Bern office. The Association does NOT support research in relation to the tobacco industry. The Swiss Lung Association supports research (including ongoing projects) related to lung ... Read more about "[ Swiss Lung Association (Lungenliga Schweiz) | Research funding ]"
30MAR
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Aujourd’hui on trouve de plus en plus de robots humanoïdes, en vente libre, qui sont destinés à s’installer dans nos foyers pour remplir des tâches domestiques, garder nos enfants, servir de meilleur ami ou de compagnon sexuel. TA Swiss commissionne une étude interdisciplinaire visant à évaluer les chances et les risques de l’entrée dans nos ... Read more about "[ TA Swiss – Foundation for Technology Assessment | Research funding on robots, empathy and emotions ]"
31MAR
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On February 1st, 2019 the SNSF launches SPIRIT, a new program aimed at fostering international scientific collaboration between researchers based in Switzerland and their counterparts in 127 SPIRIT partner countries receiving development assistance. A highly competitive selection process is in place, with 12 projects being funded per year. Who can apply: Max. 4 applicants. At ... Read more about "[ SNSF SPIRIT funding for collaborative scientific projects with countries receiving development assistance | Research funding]"
30APR
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The 9th edition of the Dalle Molle Foundation “Quality of life” prize will award two CHF 10’000 prizes to ongoing research projects focusing on data processing and the new technologies and aiming at facilitating access to information in order to improve the quality of life and of the environment, and facilitate social interactions. The research ... Read more about "[Fondation Dalle Molle – Quality of life Prize | Research funding ]"
13MAY
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Each year, Fondation Leenaards allocates up to CHF 1.5 million for the Leenaards Prize for Translational Medical Research. The research prize is awarded to 2-3 innovative projects, conducted by, at least, a university hospital (CHUV, HUG) and an academic partner (e.g. EPFL, UNIL, UNIGE) of the Lake Geneva region, investigating a clinical problem from an ... Read more about "[ Fondation Leenaards | Research funding on translational medical research ]"
27MAY
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Each year, Fondation Leenaards allocates up to CHF 1.5 million for the Leenaards Prize for Translational Medical Research. The research prize is awarded to 2-3 innovative projects, conducted by, at least, a university hospital (CHUV, HUG) and an academic partner (e.g. EPFL, UNIL, UNIGE) of the Lake Geneva region, investigating a clinical problem from an ... Read more about "[ Fondation Leenaards | Research funding on translational medical research ]"
30JUN
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On February 1st, 2019 the SNSF launches SPIRIT, a new program aimed at fostering international scientific collaboration between researchers based in Switzerland and their counterparts in 127 SPIRIT partner countries receiving development assistance. A highly competitive selection process is in place, with 12 projects being funded per year. Who can apply: Max. 4 applicants. At ... Read more about "[ SNSF SPIRIT funding for collaborative scientific projects with countries receiving development assistance | Research funding]"
01AUG
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Postdoc.Mobility fellowships awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are aimed at researchers who have done a doctorate and who wish to pursue an academic career in Switzerland. A research stay abroad enables such researchers to acquire more in-depth knowledge, increases their scientific independence and enhances their research profile. Deadlines: 1st of February and ... Read more about "[ Postdoc Mobility | Fellowship funding ]"
31AUG
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On February 1st, 2019 the SNSF launches SPIRIT, a new program aimed at fostering international scientific collaboration between researchers based in Switzerland and their counterparts in 127 SPIRIT partner countries receiving development assistance. A highly competitive selection process is in place, with 12 projects being funded per year. Who can apply: Max. 4 applicants. At ... Read more about "[ SNSF SPIRIT funding for collaborative scientific projects with countries receiving development assistance | Research funding]"
01SEP
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Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are designed for postdocs at the beginning of their career who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Deadlines: 1st of March and 1st of September 2019 (17.00h Swiss local time) Funding : Living costs, higher amount for ... Read more about "[ Early Postdoc Mobility I Fellowship funding ]"
16SEP
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The Nutricia Research Foundation was established in 1989 in the Netherlands to financially support scientific research projects by young researchers in the field of Nutrition and Health. The Foundation also recognises the importance of giving young scientists the possibility to attend research trainings and/or perform short research projects at renowned scientific institutes. Finally, it supports ... Read more about "[ Nutricia Research Foundation | Research funding – Fellowships – Short-term visits ]"
30NOV
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On February 1st, 2019 the SNSF launches SPIRIT, a new program aimed at fostering international scientific collaboration between researchers based in Switzerland and their counterparts in 127 SPIRIT partner countries receiving development assistance. A highly competitive selection process is in place, with 12 projects being funded per year. Who can apply: Max. 4 applicants. At ... Read more about "[ SNSF SPIRIT funding for collaborative scientific projects with countries receiving development assistance | Research funding]"
31JAN
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On February 1st, 2019 the SNSF launches SPIRIT, a new program aimed at fostering international scientific collaboration between researchers based in Switzerland and their counterparts in 127 SPIRIT partner countries receiving development assistance. A highly competitive selection process is in place, with 12 projects being funded per year. Who can apply: Max. 4 applicants. At ... Read more about "[ SNSF SPIRIT funding for collaborative scientific projects with countries receiving development assistance | Research funding]"

Cultural events

25MAR
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  18:00-20:00 Forum Rolex

The Ig Nobel Awards honor research that makes people laugh, then think. With Marc Abrahams Father of the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and editor of Annals of Improbable Research Claire Rind, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK 2005 Peace Prize winner — Monitoring a brain cell of a locust while that locust watches selected ... Read more about "Ig Nobel Award Tour Show 2018"
By Marc Abraham, Claire Rind, Marc Fardin, Mark Dingemanse

Internal trainings

18MAR
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  09:45-15:30 Uni Bern

The Fix the Leaky Pipeline program offers young female scientists (doctoral students, postdocs and other young scientists) the opportunity to reflect on their professional situations, to develop a strategy for embarking on or continuing their career paths, to receive targeted further training, and to extend their personal and scientific networks. The aim, actively supported by ... Read more about "FLP: 2019 Program, kick off event"
By Guests: Prof. Miriam Langer, EAWAG
Prof. Clémence Corminboeuf, EPFL
Dr ...
19MAR
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  09:00-17:00 EPFL

Description In the business world as well as in universities, strategies for power games and assertiveness become increasingly important with each career step. For women, the “likability” requirement often represents an additional challenge. Have you ever experienced “games” being played withunspoken rules, not knowing how to act or play along? This workshop reveals and decodes ... Read more about "REGARD Workshop: Increase your assertiveness in institutional power games"
By Lic.phil. Sibyl Schädeli, lecturer, coach ICF PCC, and consultant
26MAR
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  09:00-12:00 INM 202

The objectives of the course are Reminder on basics in chemistry Recognising and managing some specific hazards and risks Utility and essential points of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Preventing events/ knowing how to choose safety equipment Storing chemicals and waste safely The training is addressed to people using chemicals at work and at home. Read more about "MANAGEMENT OF CHEMICAL HAZARDS AND RISKS - Complementary training"
By Sebastian Brücker
04APR
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  09:30-11:30 CH G1 495

Objectives of the course - At the end of the training, participant will be able to explain laser hazards and risks. - Participant will have basic knowledge on US and European laser safety regulation and laser classes. - Participant will understand general technical, organizational and personal control measures applicable to laser risk. - Participant will ... Read more about "LASER HAZARDS - Complementary training"
By Anna Maria Novello
21MAY
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  09:00-17:00 EPFL

OBJECTIVES You identify your current professional strengths and weaknesses and can create opportunities to polish and develop your skills in your current position.You identify your own values, needs and priorities for your professional life and can formulate a clear statement which will help you connect with like-minded people. You know the similarities and differences between ... Read more about "FLP: Career Planning for Scientists (May 21 & May 28)"
06JUN
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  09:00-17:00 BI A0 398

Votre laboratoire participe à un projet européen H2020 et une de vos missions sera d’en assurer une gestion administrative, financière et RH efficace. Pour cela, il est important de prendre le temps de vous familiariser avec la structure de ces projets et certaines règles de gestion qui leurs sont spécifiques. Ce séminaire vous propose de ... Read more about "Gestion administrative de projets H2020 - 6 juin 2019"
19JUN
20JUN
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  09:00-17:00 EPFL

Description et objectifs This workshop for senior postdoctoral researchers and junior group leaders focuses on personal factors such as personality, self-awareness and self-confidence to help you become more comfortable in the way you communicate and interact. In addition, we will give an insight into the complexity of conflicts and how to manage them so as ... Read more about "REGARD Workshop: Interpersonal communication for women scientists"
By Melissa Davies, coach and negotiation expert & Stéphanie Ruder Schoof ...
12SEP
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  09:30-11:30 CH G1 495

Objectives of the course - At the end of the training, participant will be able to explain laser hazards and risks. - Participant will have basic knowledge on US and European laser safety regulation and laser classes. - Participant will understand general technical, organizational and personal control measures applicable to laser risk. - Participant will ... Read more about "LASER HAZARDS - Complementary training"
By Amela Groso
26SEP
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  09:00-17:00 BI A0 397

Votre laboratoire participe à un projet européen H2020 et une de vos missions sera d’en assurer une gestion administrative, financière et RH efficace. Pour cela, il est important de prendre le temps de vous familiariser avec la structure de ces projets et certaines règles de gestion qui leurs sont spécifiques. Ce séminaire vous propose de ... Read more about "Gestion administrative de projets H2020 - 26 sept 2019"
11OCT
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  09:00-17:00 EPFL

This workshop is opened to both women and men Description Academic mobility comes in two main flavours: accepting a research position abroad, and short-term travelling for collaborations, meetings or fieldwork. Both can provide great opportunities as well as challenges, especially with children involved. Mobility can be an important factor for success in an academic career, ... Read more about "REGARD Workshop: Academic mobility and dual career planning"
By Sarah Blackford, academic careers specialist
03DEC
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  09:00-17:00 BI A0 398

Votre laboratoire participe à un projet européen H2020 et une de vos missions sera d’en assurer une gestion administrative, financière et RH efficace. Pour cela, il est important de prendre le temps de vous familiariser avec la structure de ces projets et certaines règles de gestion qui leurs sont spécifiques. Ce séminaire vous propose de ... Read more about "Gestion administrative de projets H2020 - 5 Mar 2019"

Movies

11MAR
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The EPFL Open Science Initiative and the EPFL Library present Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Everyone on campus is invited to join the conversation about Open Access. To provide an entertaining – however interesting – introduction to the topic, we will screen the documentary movie (duration: 65 minutes), followed by a discussion and an apéro. ... Read more about "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - Film Screening"
By Tobias Philipp, OA coordinator at SNSF, Béatrice Marselli, Publication Services ...