Conferences - Seminars

30MAY
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This presentation questions the assumptions behind America-centered narratives of the global Information Age and sketches a late socialist vision of the Information Society by analyzing the concept of “programming, the second literacy” developed by the Soviet programmer Andrei Ershov. At the heart of this concept is a preoccupation with the nature of the interaction between ... Read more about "Programming — the Second Literacy: What Kind of Information Age?"
By Ksenia Tatarchenko, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva
30MAY
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One of the most recurring questions in the historiography of modern physics is how to address the dichotomy of universalism and contextualism in the exact sciences: while, on the one hand, exact sciences aspire to universality by virtue of their rigorous formal and experimental methods, on the other hand, like any human activity, they depend ... Read more about "Toward an integrated socio-epistemic narrative of the history of 20th century physics"
By Roberto Lalli, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science ...
30MAY
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Silvia Berger, PhD, is Associate Faculty Member at the Center History of Knowledge (ETH Zurich and University of Zurich) and Lecturer at the University of Zurich’s Department of History. She is the author of the award-winning book Bakterien in Krieg und Frieden. Eine Geschichte der medizinischen Bakteriologie in Deutschland, 1890-1933, Göttingen 2009. Her teaching and ... Read more about "Martians of Engineering: Calculating the Unthinkable in Cold War Switzerland"
By Silvia Berger, ETH Zurich and University of Zurich
30MAY
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  11:15-12:00 BC 420

Today, the traditional distinction between science and technology—between the creation of knowledge about the natural world and the production of material objects—still plays an important role in how we understand the research process. However, in practice, the line between scientific research and technological innovation in contemporary universities has become increasingly blurred, with researchers often moving ... Read more about "Exploring the science/technology interface"
By Jérôme Baudry, University of Geneva
31MAY
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  08:00-08:45 BC 420

The quote in the title is courtesy of Robert Maynard Hutchins, the young, imperious president of the University of Chicago, who oversaw the development of the university’s scientific research infrastructure after World War II. Hutchins considered scientists to be eminently susceptible to the corrupting influence of funders’ interests. It seems surprising, then, that he championed ... Read more about "“Scientists are worse than other professors”: Industrial Patronage of Academic Research in the Early Cold War"
By Joseph D. Martin, University of Cambridge
31MAY
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Currently, reports in Western media on a Big Data-based social credit system in China abound in drawing a picture of an Orwellian dystopia of total surveillance. This is in stark contrast with official Chinese publications promoting the system’s positive effect of morality construction in society through a reward and punishment system. In this talk, I ... Read more about "Social Engineering in China: Typical Samples and Big Data"
By Andrea Bréard, Université Paris-Sud
31MAY
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In theory, mathematics is timeless and universal: 2 and 2 make 4 wherever you go, whomever you ask—always have, always will. In practice, it is almost the opposite: mathematical knowledge depends integrally on where and how it is shared, by whom, with what media, in which contexts. I study the gap between that theory and ... Read more about "Making Sense of Modern Global Mathematics"
By Michael J. Barany, Dartmouth College

Cultural events

30MAY
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  21:30-22:30 Place SG

Opéra d’un genre nouveau, ORLANDO est une installation vidéo immersive et itinérante, une expérience associant mouvement conscient, photographie, architecture et performance musicale live. En septembre 2017 à l’EPFL+ECAL lab, un workshop réunissait une vingtaine d’étudiants, architectes et chercheurs pour imaginer un dispositif scénographique léger, facilement reconstructible en des lieux variés pour le projet ORLANDO de ... Read more about "ORLANDO Performantive installation"
By Julie Beauvais, chorégraphe; Horace Lundd, photographe, Christophe Fellay, musicien, Laboratoire ...
31MAY
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  21:30-22:30 Place SG

Opéra d’un genre nouveau, ORLANDO est une installation vidéo immersive et itinérante, une expérience associant mouvement conscient, photographie, architecture et performance musicale live. En septembre 2017 à l’EPFL+ECAL lab, un workshop réunissait une vingtaine d’étudiants, architectes et chercheurs pour imaginer un dispositif scénographique léger, facilement reconstructible en des lieux variés pour le projet ORLANDO de ... Read more about "ORLANDO Performantive installation"
By Julie Beauvais, chorégraphe; Horace Lundd, photographe, Christophe Fellay, musicien, Laboratoire ...

Exhibitions

09MAY
23SEP
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  07:00-23:59 Rolex Learning Center - Patios extérieurs

Le duo d'artistes bernois Haus am Gern (Barbara Meyer Cesta & Rudolf Steiner) a installé une septantaine de feux en plexiglas découpé et miroitant sous les voûtes du Rolex Learning Center. Une invitation à regarder l'espace de manière décalée, de voir les creux, les vides, les marges. Le Rolex Learning Center captive par les puissants ... Read more about "Haus am Gern: Fireplace"
By Haus am Gern: Barbara Meyer Cesta et Rudolf Steiner
30MAY
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  16:00-18:00 BC ground floor

Discover what SHS students have done in their « sociopolitical stakes of the digital » course. The poster session will take place on Wednesday 30 May, 2018 on the groundfloor of the BC building from 4pm to 6pm. It will be followed by drinks. Read more about "Poster session: Boullier's SHS students to present their work"
08JUL
31DEC
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  11:00-18:00 Bâtiment ArtLab

Situé dans la partie nord du bâtiment ArtLab, ouvert sur l’Esplanade, le Datasquare est dédié à une exposition de longue durée sur la thématique du big data, ici incarnée par deux grands projets scientifiques de l'EPFL: Blue Brain Project et Venice Time Machine. Ces deux projets, particulièrement complexes, sont mis en valeur dans des présentations ... Read more about "Datasquare - une immersion dans l'univers du big data"
By Blue Brain Project, Venice Time Machine

Sporting events

01MAY
30JUN
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On May 1st, the challenge Bike to Work 2018 begins for a new edition until June 30th. In 2017, 646 students and members of staff formed 191 teams and covered 189,000 km, the equivalent of traveling almost five times round the Earth. It is our turn to take up the challenge and break this record! ... Read more about "Bike to Work"

Miscellaneous

27FEB
29MAY
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  18:15-21:00 Octanis Microverse

At Octanis, we develop pragmatic, open source and low cost solutions to practical problems. Currently, we are working on developing digital nestboxes for barn owls and a rover that takes measurements of the snow surface in Antarctica. We share experiences and tools, and make rapid incremental progress while embracing failure. Above all, we accept everyone ... Read more about "Open Night @ Octanis"
12JUN
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  09:00-16:00 EPFL

On June 8th over 80 classes will be on the EPFL site ! Every year, 7th and 8th grade schools are invited to EPFL for a day to discover sciences and technology. Registration is compulsory. Thank you for visiting our website to get more information. And a warm THANK YOU to all professors, researchers, scientific ... Read more about "Classes' Day"
By Plusieurs intervenant-e-s de l'EPFL

Internal trainings

12JUN
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  08:45-13:00 INM 11

Take part in the next EPFL Library training seminar for PhDs and get an overview of all steps you will go through from literature search to the publication of your outputs. Gather practical tools and tips to become more efficient and avoid common pitfalls. Module 4: Research Data Management Learn why managing your research data ... Read more about "PhD seminar “From research to publication” 4/4"
By EPFL Library Teaching team
12JUN
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  09:00-17:00 BI A2 458

In this workshop, participants will apply vocal techniques to help them speak audibly, show authority through body posture, occupy space and breathe comfortably to deal with stress. Read more about "Using vocal techniques to teach effectively"
By Mandria Halder
15JUN
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  13:30-16:00 salle CO 120

The aim of this workshop is to help participants identify and eliminate text, images and codes that may be interpreted as plagiarism. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: Explain the difference between incorrect referencing and plagiarism. Use i-thenticate to correct your text in order to eliminate potential ques of plagiarism. ... Read more about "Stay away from plagiarism!"
By Ingrid Le Duc & Raphaël Grolimund
12OCT
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  09:00-17:00 EPFL, bi a2 468

This workshop is opened both to 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

Call for proposal

04JUN
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Aim: BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations. Bridge Proof of Concept projects support young researchers (see eligibility ... Read more about "[BRIDGE I RESEARCH FUNDING]"
10SEP
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Aim: BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations. Bridge Proof of Concept projects support young researchers (see eligibility ... Read more about "[BRIDGE I RESEARCH FUNDING]"
10DEC
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Aim: BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations. Bridge Proof of Concept projects support young researchers (see eligibility ... Read more about "[BRIDGE I RESEARCH FUNDING]"