Conferences - Seminars

20NOV
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  16:00-18:00 BCH 2201

Pi-conjugated organic molecules and polymers now provide a set of well-performing semiconductors that support devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as used in smart-phone displays and lighting, field-effect transistors (FETs) and photovoltaic diodes (PVs). These are attractive materials to manufacture, particularly for large-area applications where they can be processed by direct printing, so that the cost ... Read more about "Molecular semiconductors for LEDs and solar cells: designing around the Coulomb interaction (SCS and LACUS)"
By Prof. Richard Friend
University of Cambridge
UK
21NOV
  10:15-11:15 CM 0 12

K. Hess, M. Kedziorek, E. Riehl, and B. Shipley have developed methods to induce model structures from an adjunction which they apply to prove the existence of injective and projective model structures on categories of diagrams in accessible model categories. In this talk, I will explain how to adapt their proof to an enriched setting, ... Read more about "Topology Seminar: Injective and projective model structures on enriched diagram categories"
By Lyne Moser (EPFL)
21NOV
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  12:30-14:00 BSP 234

One of the most recent frontiers in quantum optics is the study of many body physics of light. Photons, in resonant nanostructures, can be made strongly interacting thanks to tailored optical nonlinearities that are enhanced by strong light confinement. As a result, model many-body quantum systems can be conceived and are currently realized with superconducting ... Read more about "Towards a many-body physics of light"
23NOV
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  10:30-11:30 I17 4 K2

Grid scale electricity storage on daily and seasonal time scales is required to accommodate increasing amounts of renewable electricity from wind and solar power. The proposal for electricity storage that emerges is that storage in batteries is efficient for the short term while storage in hydrogen based fuels is required for the long term.[1] Towards ... Read more about "Towards efficient large scale electricity storage with an integrated Ni-Fe battery and electrolyser"
By Fokko Mulder Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Applies Sciences, Delft University ...
23NOV
  14:15-15:15 GC A1 416

In this talk we discuss the local-global principle for integral solutions to systems of two (inhomogeneous) quadratic equations. In particular we will see concrete examples of Brauer classes obstructing the Hasse principle and discuss obstructions to the local-global principle in more general. This is joint work with Joerg Jahnel. Read more about "On integral solutions to systems of two quadratic equations"
By Damaris Schindler (Universiteit Utrecht)
27NOV
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  16:15-17:15 Room CE3

When compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars merge, Einstein’s theory of General Relativity predicts ripples through space and time. The LIGO Virgo Collaboration (LVC) studies these gravitational waves and the first detection took place on September 14, 2015. Since then multiple detections have been made. LVC's instruments are Michelson interferometers with arms ... Read more about "Probing dynamical spacetimes with gravitational waves"
By Prof. Jo van den Brand, Virgo spokesman, VU University Amsterdam
27NOV
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  18:15-20:00 CM 1 1

La voix humaine nous permet de communiquer les uns avec les autres. C’est aussi un fabuleux instrument de musique qui permet de transformer du texte en phrases musicales émouvantes. La production de voyelles met en jeu les harmoniques produites par la vibration de la source vocale et les résonances modelées par des gestes articulatoires dans ... Read more about "Quand la parole se fait musique"
By Nathalie Henrich Bernardoni 
29NOV
30NOV
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  Campus Biotech

The first Symposium on “Careers in Science: Academia and beyond” will be held in November 29-30, 2017, Campus Biotech, Geneva. This event is open to all Master & PhD students, as well as postdocs in all science disciplines, from all Swiss universities. The programme features 25 inspiring speakers from a range of employment sectors including ... Read more about "2017 Symposium on Careers in Science: Academia and beyond"
29NOV
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  18:15-20:00 CM 1 1

Après avoir traversé vingt siècles de philosophie au sein du pythagorisme, l’histoire des mathématiques musicales parvient à un tournant décisif au XVIIIème siècle. Dans le Traité de l’harmonie (1722), Jean-Philippe Rameau avait déclaré vouloir marier à nouveau art et science, composition, théorie des proportions et physique du son. Il consacra sa vie à prouver que ... Read more about "Musique et Mathématiques à la lumière du XVIIIe siècle"
By Brenno Boccadoro 
30NOV
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series The electrochemical conversion of CO2 into products of higher value (e.g. CO, formate, ethanol, n-propanol) can be considered as a seminal approach that has the technological potential of contributing to a future closing of the anthropogenic carbon cycle. Such CO2 electroreduction process (denoted as CO2RR) offers not ... Read more about "New catalyst concepts for the electrochemical conversion of CO2"
By Dr. Peter Broekmann, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of ...
30NOV
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  16:30-17:30 BCH 2201

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) is unique within the United States as the federal funding agency supporting fundamental research across all of science and engineering. My four years leading the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences provided me an inside view of the Foundation and helped crystallized my view of fundamental research. I will ... Read more about "One Person’s View of Fundamental Research from Inside the US National Science Foundation"
By Prof. Fleming Crim
University of Wisconsin-Madison
USA
01DEC
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  15:15-16:15 MA A3 30

Abstract: The life-cycle management of structural systems operating under diverse loads involves the tasks of simulation (forward engineering), identification (inverse engineering) and maintenance/control actions. The efficient and successful implementation of these tasks is however non-trivial due to the ever-changing nature of these systems, and the variability in their interactive environments. Two defining factors in understanding ... Read more about "A Monitoring Approach to Smart Infrastructure Management"
By Prof. Eleni Chatzi    
05DEC
  10:15-11:15 CM 0 12

Morel-Voevodsky's motivic stable category of schemes plays a crutial role in today's stable homotopy. For instance, a recent work of Isaksen-Wang push our knowledge of stable stems up to dimension 93. In this joint work with Achim Krause and Bogdan Gheorghe, we construct a new model category, equivalent to the cellular motivic stable category, but ... Read more about "Topology Seminar: A model for Motivic stable homotopy in classical homotopy"
By Nicolas Ricka (Université de Strasbourg)
05DEC
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By Dr Sébastien Boyaval
06DEC
  MA A1 10

I will describe the geometry of the 2m-dimensional Fano manifold G parametrizing (m-1)-planes in a smooth complete intersection Z of two quadric hypersurfaces in the complex projective space of dimension 2m+2. We will see that there are exactly 2^{2m+2} distinct isomorphisms in codimension one between G and the blow-up of P^{2m} at 2m + 3 ... Read more about "On the Fano variety of linear spaces contained in two odd-dimensional quadrics"
By Cinzia Casagrande (Università degli Studi di Torino)
07DEC
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  09:00-12:30 INJ 218

This workshop is organised to highlight some of the research fields that were strongly influenced by by Prof. Giorgio Margaritondo in occasion of his retirement.The event will be completed by the Honorary Lecture by prof. Margaritondo, held on December 14th 17:15 - 20:00 RLC E1 240 Program : 9:00 Welcome – Harald Brune IPHYS Director ... Read more about "IPHYS Workshop in honor of Prof. Giorgio Margaritondo"
07DEC
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series Improving the energy-efficiency of the molecular separation is key to reduce the carbon footprint of the chemical and the petrochemical industries. Membranes operating with high separation selectivities can cut down the cost of the thermally driven separation processes such as distillation by up to 10-fold.1,2 Moreover, chemically ... Read more about "Towards the next-generation membranes for energy-efficient molecular separation"
By Prof. Kumar Agrawal
Laboratory of advanced separations
EPFL Valais, Sion
08DEC
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By Prof. Camil MUSCALU
(Cornell University · Ithaca, NY USA)
11DEC
15DEC
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  09:00-17:00 BI A0 448

This conference will conclude the semester program on "Euler Systems and Special Values of L-functions". The goal will be to present recent advances in the constructions of Euler systems, their applications to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture and Iwasawa theory. Emphasis will be given on novel results obtained during the semester. Read more about "Recent Developments on the Arithmetic of Special Values of L-functions"
By CIB
12DEC
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  15:15-17:00 BCH 5310

DNA and histone modifications play central roles in the control of gene expression and errors in their regulation are associated with a multitude of diseases. These modifications form an epigenetic ‘code’ that stores information within chromatin. This information is “read” by epigenetic effector molecules that recognise DNA and histone modifications through specialised binding domains in ... Read more about "Decoding chromatin modification states using chemical biology and proteomic approaches"
By Prof. Till Bartke,   Institute of Functional Epigenetics Helmholtz Zentrum München
12DEC
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By Prof. Martin Jaeggi (EPFL, IC, INFCOM, MLO)
14DEC
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  17:15-18:15 BI A0 448

I will discuss some recent joint work with Yongxiong Li which shows how one can use Iwasawa theory at the neglected prime p=2 to prove stronger versions of an old theorem of David Rohrlich on the non-vanishing of Birch-Swinnerton L-values of the Gross family of elliptic curves with complex multiplication, and discuss some possible generalisations. Read more about "Bernoulli Lecture - Non-Vanishing of some Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer L-values"
By John Coates (University of Cambridge)
19DEC
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  16:15-17:15 GR A3 32

I'll discuss the basics of quantum computing, how Shor's algorithm allows a quantum computer to factor numbers efficiently using the quantum Fourier transform. I'll try to convey as much intuition as possible, to explain the relevant basics of quantum mechanics, and to give an idea of the capabilities of quantum computers. Read more about "Quantum computing for amateurs (by an amateur)"
By Prof. Clément Hongler (EPFL SB MATH CSFT)
10JAN
12JAN
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The NCCR Chemical Biology is organising the 2018 International Symposium on Chemical Biology to be held from January 10 to 12, 2018 at the Campus Biotech in Geneva. This international meeting of high scientific calibre will bring together leading scientists to feature the latest advances within the broad field of Chemical Biology and foster an ... Read more about "International Symposium on Chemical Biology 2018"
By Pof. Paul Wender (Stanford University),  Prof. Denis Dougherty (Caltech), Prof ...
19MAR
23MAR
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  09:00-17:00 BI A0 448

Polish topological groups comprise all locally compact second countable groups, but also most interesting topological transformation groups such as homeomorphism and diffeomorphism groups of compact manifolds, isometry groups of separable complete metric spaces, and automorphism groups of countable model theoretical structures. While all of these classes had been intensively studied separately, there has recently been ... Read more about "Structure and dynamics of Polish groups conference"
26MAR
29MAR
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  09:00-17:00 BI A0 448

The topic of this workshop will be geometric group theory in a larger context. As is well known, there are close links between geometric group theory of finitely generated or locally compact groups and geometric non-linear functional analysis, i.e., the non-linear geometry of Banach spaces. While this has for a long time been seen as ... Read more about "Large scale geometry of Polish groups workshop"
12APR
10MAY
Cancelled

Cultural events

21NOV
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  18:15-20:00 CM 1 1

Nous vous proposons un tour sur le thème de la physique des instruments de musique, de la voix chantée aux instruments à vent, en passant par les instruments à cordes. Au travers de nombreuses démonstrations avec le public, cette présentation permettra de réfuter quelques idées reçues par l’exemple. Read more about "Physique des instruments de musique"
By Hervé Lissek

Thesis defenses

24NOV
By Hendrik SCHÜTZ
24NOV
By Claudio MARINI
12JAN
  17:15 CE 5

Thesis director : Prof. T. Rizzo Chemistry and Chemical Engineering doctoral program. Thesis 8086 Read more about "Cryogenic Ion Spectroscopy of Peptides and Glycans"
By Chiara MASELLIS

Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture

06DEC
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  17:15-20:00 CO 2

In this presentation I will highlight the great potential offered by the interplay between data science and computational science to efficiently solve real life large scale problems. The leading application that I will address is the numerical simulation of the heart function. The motivation behind this interest is that cardiovascular diseases unfortunately represent one of ... Read more about "Prof. Alfio Quarteroni: "Taking Mathematics to Heart""
By Prof. Alfio Quarteroni
14DEC
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  17:15-20:00 RLC E1 240

How can one summarize forty-eight years dedicated to the most powerful sources of light in the world? And to the transformation of bookish notions of quantum physics into tangible realities? And to the participation in the wonderful adventure of building the best young university in the world? I tried by using five arcane words, the ... Read more about "Professor Giorgio Margaritondo: "Two things... and three people""
By Prof. Giorgio Margaritondo

Celebrations

Miscellaneous

18SEP
30NOV
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  08:00-23:59

The 2017 ACCES Visualization Contest is still open. Organized this semester by ACCES, the platform for Application-Centered Computational Engineering Science, this visualization contest is open to all the students and postdocs at EPFL, alone or in groups up to four people and is part a broader effort at EPFL to embed Computational Thinking into the ... Read more about "2017 ACCES Visualization Contest"
21NOV
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  18:00-19:30 EPFL, Forum RLC

The EPFL final My Thesis in 180 seconds is free and open to the public ! The 14 finalists will have 3 minutes to present their research, in plain language, to a non- specialist audience and a jury made up of researchers, journalists and businesspeople. A special «audience award», chosen by the public, will also ... Read more about "My Thesis in 180 seconds: EPFL Final"
13DEC
  17:30-20:00 CE 1 6

Invitation The Dean of the Faculty of Basic Sciences, Prof. Jan S. Hesthaven is pleased to invite you to the FSB Annual meeting on Wednesday 13th December at 17:30 in Room CE6. On this occasion we invite you to share the FSB Christmas apéritif immediately after the meeting. The aperitif will be held at the ... Read more about "FSB General Assemblee"
By Dean FSB, Prof. Jan S. Hesthaven

Internal trainings

21NOV
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  14:00-16:00 salle BI A2 458

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
30NOV
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Le service de la gestion des absences de l'EPFL a le plaisir de vous convier à sa séance d'information annuelle 2017 destinée aux administratrices/teurs de la gestion des absences. A cette occasion, notre équipe vous présentera les nouveautés 2017 et à venir, les fonctionnalités et processus clés de la gestion des absences ainsi que les ... Read more about "Séance d'information annuelle 2017 - Gestion des absences"
By Les membres de l'équipe de la gestion des absences
05DEC
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  14:00-16:00 CM 1 120

Le service de la gestion des absences de l'EPFL a le plaisir de vous convier à sa séance d'information annuelle 2017 destinée aux administratrices/teurs de la gestion des absences. A cette occasion, notre équipe vous présentera les nouveautés 2017 et à venir, les fonctionnalités et processus clés de la gestion des absences ainsi que les ... Read more about "Séance d'information annuelle 2017 - Gestion des absences"
By Les membres de l'équipe de la gestion des absences

Call for proposal

19OCT
15DEC
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The NCCR Chemical Biology welcomes high-impact chemical biology screening projects to be adapted and screened at the BSF-ACCESS platform (Lausanne) and/or the ACCESS Geneva platform in 2018. Close collaboration with the ACCESS platforms will ensure optimisation of the technical design including assay development to be used in high-throughput/content screening, choice of chemical libraries to screen, ... Read more about "3rd Call for screening proposals"
15JAN
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The Congressi Stefano Franscini, conference platform of the ETH Zurich, offers scientists the possibility of organising research conferences at Monte Verità. A conference should last between 3 and 5 days and attract an international audience of between 50 and 100 participants. International collaboration are welcome. Congressi Stefano Franscini now also funds workshops. Proposals can be ... Read more about "[CONGRESSI STEFANO FRANSCINI I CONFERENCE PLATFORM]"