Conferences - Seminars

19OCT
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Understanding how nucleic acids and proteins interact to regulate key cellular processes requires the ability to observe these interactions directly. The dynamic nature of many nucleic acid-protein interactions makes it challenging to study them with traditional bulk methods. Biochemical, molecular or cellular biology approaches yield ensemble- or population-averaged results, which may conceal key short-lived or ... Read more about "From Single-Molecules to Single-Cells: Imaging RNA Molecules and RNP Complexes"
By Professor David Rueda , FRSC Chair, Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Molecular ...
19OCT
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SEMINAR IN BIOLOGICAL AND STATISTICAL PHYSICS Abstract: Protein folding research has been dominated by the assumption that thermodynamics determines protein structure and function. And that when the folding process is compromised, the proteostasis machinery of cells - chaperones, deaggregases, the proteasome - work to restore proteins to their soluble, functional form or degrade them to ... Read more about "Non-Equilibrium Coupling of Protein Structure and Function to Translation Elongation Kinetics"
By Prof. Edward O'brien, Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University ...
19OCT
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Control of stem cell division modes is important to ensure generation of properly sized tissues during development as well as adult tissue homeostasis and repair. Stem cells undergo repeated cell divisions in which they produce daughter cells that either mature or remain stem cells. Surprisingly, the number and type of produced daughter cells vary between ... Read more about "The role of centrioles and cilia in asymmetric neural stem cell division"
By Dr. Judith Paridaen; Junior Principal Investigator; European Research Institute for ...
22OCT
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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: Characterization of protein secondary structures at interfaces in situ and in real time is important to understand biological processes associated with cell membranes and solve problems in various fields of biomedical sciences. However, such characterization is challenging because it requires methods that are both selective to interfaces ... Read more about "Chiral Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy for Protein Characterization at Interfaces"
By Prof. Elsa C. Yan, Yale University, New Haven, CT (USA)
22OCT
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Function, aesthetics, and safety of cosmetic raw materials are key in today’s marketplace, where the consumer is looking for a desired effect such as a reduction in lines and wrinkles, the removal of age spots, or long wear in a lipstick. The majority of Skin Care products and a very significant percentage of toiletry products ... Read more about "Designing Cosmetic Materials for the Skin"
By Dr Peter Lersch, Evonik Germany
23OCT
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Reacting flow instabilities in gas turbine and aeroengine combustion chambers must be understood and controlled in order to ensure safe and reliable operation and to increase the systems performances. The research presented in this talk is based on experiments (e.g. planar laser induced fluorescence, particle image velocimetry, acoustic piezosensors), large eddy simulations and low order ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Flame and thermoacoustic dynamics in gas turbine combustors"
23OCT
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Abstract This talk presents a detailed and up-to-date security analysis of the voting software used in upcoming Brazilian elections by more than 140 million voters. It is mainly based on results obtained recently in a restricted hacking challenge organized by the Superior Electoral Court (SEC), the national electoral authority. During the event, multiple serious vulnerabilities ... Read more about "Return of the Insecure Brazilian Voting Machines"
By Prof. Diego F. Aranha, Aarhus University, Denmark
23OCT
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The Convention will be the peak event of the semester, offering labs and companies the possibility to explain to students the technologies they are using and developing. The event aims to give students first hand insights about current energy applications in research and industry and introducing them to the future they might expect in the ... Read more about "Energy Convention 2018"
23OCT
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  17:30-20:00 SV 1717

IMAGINE IF! is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate a scientific idea towards a commercial reality and unlike other competitions, it is the first truly global competition for healthcare science ventures. Do you have a great idea or need to take your startup to the next level? Join the global IMAGINE IF! program of innovators across ... Read more about "IMAGINE IF! Lausanne Launch Event"
25OCT
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  16:00-17:00 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series Vapor phase deposited perovskite layers allow the preparation of efficient solar cells. The different type of sublimation methods will be briefly discussed focusing in on co-evaporation using multiple sources and single source methods. The latter requires the previous preparation of perovskites for which we use solid state ... Read more about "Vapor Phase deposited Perovskites"
By Dr. Henk J. Bolink
Instituto de Ciencia Molecular, Universidad de ...
26OCT
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Emergency Service Systems (ESS), such as police, fire, and emergency medical services, have been modeled and studied since long ago. Hypercube queuing models have been proposed and applied to analyze such systems with users in queues and servers spatially distributed over a region. The work of our research group in this area has been oriented ... Read more about "Extensions of the hypercube queuing model to analyze emergency services systems inspired by practical applications"
By Dr. Ana Paula Iannoni, Ecole Centrale Paris
29OCT
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The chemical industry should in the future be based on renewable energy. Therefore, material development for environmentally friendly, electrocatalytic production of valuable chemicals is needed. Chemicals could be produced using safe, cheap, more environmentally friendly and more abundant reactants than today. The products could be provided on demand at the place where they are needed, ... Read more about "Electro-Catalysis at the atomic scale"
By Prof. Jan Rossmeisl, University Copenhagen Denmark
30OCT
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: Humans have been influencing the DNA of plants and animals for thousands of years through selective breeding. Yet it is only over the last 3 decades or so that we have gained the ability to manipulate the DNA itself and directly alter its sequences through the modern tools of genetic engineering. This has revolutionized ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Cybergenetics: Rationally-designed genetic control systems"
30OCT
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  16:15-17:00 RLC D1 661

Synchrony, engagement and learning are important abilities that allow sustaining dynamics of social interaction. In this talk, we will address these topics with an interpersonal interaction point of view. In particular, we will introduce interpersonal human-machine interactions schemes and models with a focus on definitions, sensing and evaluations of social signals and behaviors. We will ... Read more about "Interpersonal Human-Robot Interaction & Engagement"
By Prof. Mohamed Chetouani is the head of the IMI2S (Interaction ...
31OCT
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  10:30-11:30 SV 1717

Advances in deep generative models are at the forefront of deep learning research because of the promise they offer for allowing data-efficient learning, and for model-based reinforcement learning. In this talk I’ll review the foundations of probabilistic reasoning and generative modeling. I will then introduce modern approximations which allow for efficient large-scale training of a ... Read more about "Probabilistic Deep Learning: Foundations, applications and open problems."
By Dr. Danilo Rezende
01NOV
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Abstract Blockchains have a storage scalability issue: their size is unbounded and their growth endless. The size of the Bitcoin blockchain increased from 125 GiB in August 2017 to 175 GiB in August 2018, taking a record 50 GiB in just a year. To fully benefit from the security model of Bitcoin, a bootstrapping node ... Read more about "Shortcutting the Bitcoin verification process for your smartphone"
By Pierre-Louis Roman, University of Rennes, France
01NOV
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  13:00-22:00 SwissTech Convention Center

Annual research event of the EPFL's Interfaculty Institute of Bioengineering (IBI) -- this year under the motto "From Open Science to Open Innovation and Translation". In a nutshell (see details -talk titles and schedules, in particular- HERE): Keynote Talk by Jennifer Elisseeff, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (USA): “Lessons from Translation: Impacting Patients and the ... Read more about "Bioengineering Day 2018"
By Various speakers
05NOV
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  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: In nature, groups of thousands of individuals cooperate to create complex structure purely through local interactions -- from cells that form complex organisms, to social insects like termites that build meter-high mounds and army ants that self-assemble into bridges and nests, to the complex and mesmerizing motion of ... Read more about "Collective Intelligence, from Nature to Robots"
05NOV
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Recent years have seen considerable progress in the development of microfluidic systems for use in the chemical and biological sciences. At a primary level, interest in such systems has been stimulated by the fact that physical processes can be more easily controlled and harnessed when instrumental dimensions are reduced to the micron scale. For example, ... Read more about "Microfluidic-Based Nanocrystal Synthesis—Towards Ultra-Fast Parametric Space Mapping"
By Prof. Andrew de Mello, ETH Zurich Switzerland
07NOV
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  08:30-17:00 BC 420

The School of Engineering of EPFL is pleased to launch the annual PhD Summit initiative, a workshop for final year PhD students interested in a career in academia. We invite to campus, on a competitive basis, a group of exceptional graduating PhD students from institutions worldwide. In this inaugural first edition, the Engineering PhD Summit ... Read more about "Engineering PhD Summit"
By https://phdsummit.epfl.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/PhD-Summit-detailed-program.pdf
08NOV
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  08:30-18:00 Lausanne Olympic Museum

This symposium will be held on Thursday November 8th, 2018 at the Olympic Museum of Lausanne, Switzerland. ———————————————————— Deadline for abstract submission for the poster session: October 8, 2018. Please note that 4 abstracts will be selected for short talks. Deadline for Registration: October 22, 2018. Please note that the number of seats is limited ... Read more about "LIMNA symposium - "Central Regulation of Metabolism and Feeding""
By Invited speakers:         • Daniela Cota, INSERM Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux University, France ...
08NOV
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  16:00-17:00 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series Statistical regression techniques have become very fashionable as a tool to predict the properties of systems at the atomic scale, sidestepping much of the computational cost of first-principles simulations and making it possible to perform simulations that require thorough statistical sampling without compromising on the accuracy of ... Read more about "Machine Learning Like a Physicist"
By Prof. Michele Ceriotti
Laboratory for Computational Science and Modeling, EPFL ...
12NOV
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Recent progress in the synthetic construction of micro-compartmentalized colloidal objects comprising integrated biomimetic functions is paving the way towards rudimentary forms of artificial cell-like entities (protocells) for modelling complex biological systems, exploring the origin of life, and advancing future proto-living technologies. Although several new types of protocells are currently available, the design of synthetic protocell ... Read more about "Proto-living materials?"
By Prof. Stephen Mann, Bristol University UK
13NOV
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  09:00-12:30 co 120

Exercise sessions provide students with an opportunity to apply the things they have learned in lectures, to deepen their understanding, to clarify problems and to monitor their own learning. What are the features of exercise sessions that best help student to learn? How can exercises be adapted to help students deepen their understanding? What approaches ... Read more about "Effective exercise sessions"
By Roland Tormey
19NOV
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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: Richard Mann is the Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and holds an Interdisciplinary Faculty appointment in the Department of Systems Biology. He uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system for studying a range of problems related to how ... Read more about "to be announced"
By Prof. Richard Mann, Columbia University, New York City, NY (USA)
19NOV
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Magnetic materials are key components in energy technologies, robotics, sensors and information technology. Magnets are inseparable from our everyday life. “Green” energy technologies such as wind turbines, electro-mobility and solid state cooling, rely on high performance magnetic materials which have to be available in bulk quantities, at low-cost and with tailored magnetic hysteresis. The realisation ... Read more about "Rare earth high performance magnets for energy applications: Demand, sustainability and the reality of alternatives"
By Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch, TU Darmstadt Germany
20NOV
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium D

I will show that continuous optogenetic stimulation of excitatory neurons in visual cortex results in strong gamma-band oscillations, and respective white-noise stimulation reveals gamma-band resonance. Correspondingly, visual stimulation with artificial or natural stimuli induces gamma-band synchronization. Gamma in visual area V4 entails gamma-rhythmic modulation of the gain of spike responses and of behavioral reaction times. ... Read more about "Rhythms for Cognition: Communication through Coherence"
By Prof Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Frankfurt, GE
20NOV
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: We’ve always seemed to be able to fabricate physical artifacts before being able to formally describe what we do and how we do it. Geometry has historically, and naturally, played a key role in the development of new abstractions used to build formal models of physical artifacts and of the associated design and fabrication ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Geometric Excursions in Computational Design and Manufacturing"
By Prof. Horeas Ilies, University of Connecticut
23NOV
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With the support of the Bertarelli Foundation, the EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is launching an Annual Research Symposium to involve the academic, industrial and clinical communities into interdisciplinary discussions on current and future trends in technologies and applications of neuroprosthetic research. The First Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium will be held on November 23rd, 2018, at ... Read more about "Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium"
By Keynote speakers: Josef Parvizi & Florian Solzbacher.
27NOV
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: Lithium ion batteries are multiscale systems, and their performance, cycle life, and safety depend critically on their structure and the homogeneity of the structure from the nanometer to centimeter length scales. In this talk, I will explain how we use a combination of experimental and computational tools to quantify structure of lithium ion battery ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Building Better Batteries"
27NOV
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  19:15-20:15 MED 3 2215

It all started with the idea for a Christmas present and the desire to make long distance communication more personal again. What came out of it is Fujibox, a small cube, which can receive messages but from one unique sender. In this presentation, Guillaume will give us an overview over the the Fujibox project, from ... Read more about "Fujibox - Idea to Prototype to XGrant"
By Guillaume Thivolet
28NOV
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Assessing the habitability of Mars has been an objective of the scientific community for a long time, but it has recently become a sustained focus in light of data being returned from the planet and growing knowledge about life in extreme environments. The Curiosity rover on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), one of NASAs flagship ... Read more about "Is Mars Habitable ?"
By Prof. Javier Martín-Torres
03DEC
04DEC
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With this symposium, we aim to facilitate discussion between leading neuroscientists and roboticists interested in discovering algorithms for selecting and executing actions. The speakers will describe state-of-the-art studies investigating action selection, decision-making, motor control, cognition, active sensing, and multimodal integration in flies, rodents, models, and robots. Read more about "BMI Symposium // Controlling Behavior in Animals and Robots"
03DEC
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Interfaces are most exciting since one can expect new properties that are absent in either of their building blocks. They open new perspectives towards the design and tailoring of materials with desired features and functions, e.g. for applications in opto-electronics. Theoretical spectroscopy, combining Green-function based methods and density-functional theory provide powerful tools for the in-depth ... Read more about "Theoretical spectroscopy at interfaces"
By Prof. Claudia Draxl, Humboldt University of Berlin Germay
04DEC
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: The purpose of this seminar is to give an overview of some of the sustainable and clean energy research themes being pursued at the Reaction Engineering and Catalytic Technology group, Imperial College London. Examples will cover solar fuels, biofuels and clean fossil energy. Solar fuels examples will touch on recent work relevant to the ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium : Sustainable and Clean Energy Research @ REaCT"
By Prof. Klaus Hellgardt, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/k ...
10DEC
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Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: The field of micro and nano robotics has made impressive strides over the past decade as researchers have created a variety of small devices capable of locomotion within liquid environments. Robust fabrication techniques have been developed, some devices have been functionalized for potential applications, and therapies are being ... Read more about "Soft Microrobotics and its Application in Medicine"
10DEC
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Understanding the mechanisms, extent, and consequences of receptor co-localization and inter-receptor communication is critical for the design and development of therapeutic nanoparticles and functional biomaterial scaffolds. Nature orchestrates specificity and selectivity in receptor targeting by introducing multivalency to control binding affinities. (i) Cell-cell interactions, cell-matrix binding and immune activation all are controlled through multiple weak ... Read more about "Designing super-specificity with precision materials"
By Prof. Maartje Bastings, EPFL Switzerland
11DEC
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

It will be shown that Cosserat elastic solids with extreme anisotropy may exhibit folding and faulting, the former being the process in which bending localizes into sharp corners separated by almost undeformed elements, while the latter corresponds to the formation of displacement jumps of finite size [1,2]. While faulting can be often observed in geological ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Folding of a continuum and energy releasing or fluttering rods"
17DEC
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Abstract : The life of any organism depends on the ability of cells to accurately recognize and eliminate harmful microbes. In order to detect the immense repertoire of pathogenic entities, the innate immune system of mammals has evolved a range of distinct sensing strategies. One major mechanism is based on the recognition of microbial DNA ... Read more about "Innate DNA sensing through the cGAS-STING system - Blurring the boundary between PAMP and DAMP"
By Dr Andrea Ablasser
17DEC
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We propose a novel deep learning tool for materials discovery. The approach merges together both experimental data and computer simulations to exploit all possible sources of information. The tool has been used to design several materials that have been experimentally verified and patented. We present just one case study where we discover and characterize the ... Read more about "Materials discovery using deep learning"
By Prof. Gareth Conduit, University of Cambridge UK
18DEC
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium

Electroencephalography and surface electromyography are notoriously cumbersome technologies. A typical setup may involve bulky electrodes, dandling wires, and a large amplifier unit. The wide adaptation of these technologies in numerous applications has been accordingly fairly limited. Thanks to the availability of printed electronics technologies, it is now possible to dramatically simplify these techniques. Elegant electrode ... Read more about "Printed EEG and EMG electronic-tattoos for neurological applications"
By Prof Yael Hanein, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, IS
18DEC
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: Unlike Lego bricks that perfectly assemble next to one another, in molecular assemblies some misfit is almost always present. The molecular constituents thus must distort in order to form an aggregate, resulting in a frustrated assembly. The generation of geometric frustration from the intrinsic geometry of the constituents of a material is not only ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium : Geometrically frustrated assemblies"
04FEB
  10:30-11:30 AI 1153

Disturbances in the morphology and function of mitochondria cause neurological diseases, which can affect the central and peripheral nervous system. The i-AAA protease YME1L ensures mitochondrial proteostasis and regulates mitochondrial dynamics by processing of the dynamin-like GTPase OPA1. Mutations in YME1L cause a multi-systemic mitochondriopathy associated with neurological dysfunction and mitochondrial fragmentation but pathogenic mechanisms ... Read more about "Novel mouse models to study mitochondrial proteostasis in the nervous system"
By Hans-Georg SPRENGER Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Dept ...
19MAR
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  13:00-16:30 CO 120

Demonstrations have been used to make lectures more interesting and accessible for a very long time – but is there any point in investing time and effort into demonstrations in the age of smartphones and instant YouTube clips? This workshop will discuss this question, as well as give practical tips on designing and using demonstrations ... Read more about "Lecture Demonstrations in the age of YouTube"
By Ilya Eigenbrot
09APR
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  13:00-16:30 salle CO 120

To develop assessment techniques which are valid and objective, notably to test if students have met the required learning outcomes. Read more about "Assessment Matters"
By Roland Tormey
29APR
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: David M Sabatini is an American scientist and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He has been an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 2008 and ... Read more about "to be announced"
By Prof. David Sabatini,  Massachusettes Institute of Technology;  Whitehead Institute for ...
14MAY
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  13:00-16:30 salle CO 120

Explore ways to design lab experiments that help students develop a scientific approach which is transferable to real world complexity. Read more about "Leveraging Labs for Learning"
By Siara Isaac & Cécile Hardebolle
01JUL
05JUL
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The 11th World Conference of Science Journalists will be held from July 1st to July 5th, 2019, in Lausanne. Read more about "2019 World Conference of Science Journalists"
01JUL
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: Chad A. Mirkin, Ph.D., is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry. Mirkin also is a professor of chemical and biological engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science & engineering, and medicine at Northwestern University. Mirkin ... Read more about "to be announced"
By Professor Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University, USA
23SEP
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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Bio: Education 1973-76B.A., Oberlin College 1977-82Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Positions 1982-85Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1984Visiting Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College 1985-88Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine 1988-91Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine 1991-Hannah Professor of Microbial Ecology, Michigan State ... Read more about "to be announced"
By Prof. Richard Lenski, Michigan State University, USA

Exhibitions

25OCT
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  10:00-22:00 Rolex Learning Center, MED et ArtLab

Following the success of the 2017 edition, for the 2nd edition of the national Digital Day, EPFL will be one of the hubs open to the public. Centred around the theme of digitalisation in the field of teaching, activities include workshops, guided tours, exhibitions and scientific demonstrations. From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Rolex ... Read more about "Digital Day at EPFL: Education in the digital age"