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Beijing: Understanding Science Nobel Laureate Lecture by Prof. Brian Schmidt the 2011 Nobel Prize winner for Physics

The Beijing “Understanding Science” team is delighted to invite you to attend a special summer lecture, held in collaboration with the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Prof. Brian Schmidt from the Australian National University, who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics, will talk on the “The Accelerating Universe”. The lecture will take place at 10 a.m.

SHANGHAI: 4th Understanding Science Seminar:Viruses: the good, the bad and the deadly! by Professor Ralf ALTMEYER

Dear friends, the Understanding Science team is glad to invite you for its fourth Shanghai lecture on Monday July 16th from 7pm to 8:15pm at the Wooden box café (see attached map). This 4th seminar, entitled “Viruses: the good, the bad & the deadly! will be presented by Professor Ralf ALTMEYER from the Pasteur Institute in Shanghai. After an introduction of the famous Pasteur Institute, Professor Altmeyer will introduce to us, among other things,  a brief history of virus discoveries, most “famous” viruses and vaccines and how they work, how viruses are used today for research purpose as biotechnology tools and of course some of the recent virus threats in China…

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SHANGHAI: 3rd Understanding Science Seminar: "Eat Drink Men Women: follow the birds and the bees in time of famine" by Sam Linsen

Dear friends, The Understanding Science scientific popularization talks are back in Shanghai for the third edition, on Monday June 18 from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Wooden box cafe. This 3rd seminar, entitled “Eat Drink Men Women: follow the birds and the bees in times of famine” will be presented by Dr Samuel LINSEN from the CAS-Max Planck Partner Institute for Computational Biology in Shanghai. “Famines are, for many societies, still a realistic threat and understanding the physiological impact of these may alleviate its lasting consequences.

Archives BEIJING 16.04.2012: "the Science behind Photomedicine"

Dear friends and colleagues, Understanding Science was happy to invite you to its 12th seminar for the general public on April 16th in Beijing, entitled “The Science behind Photomedicine”. This event consisted on a presentation (popularization talk) by Professor David Phillips, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Imperial College London. The use of light on the treatments of skin conditions was introduced. The lecture also discussed surgery using infrared and ultraviolet lasers, and the use of lasers plus chemical sensitizers to selectively destroy tumors in photodynamic therapy. Thanks for your participation.

Archives SHANGHAI 15.12.2011: "What PET SCAN doh?!"

Dear friends, The Understanding Science scientific popularization talks were back in Shanghai for their second edition at the Wooden box cafe. This 2nd seminar, entitled “What PET Scan doh!?” was presented by Doctor Eric AMIGUES from the school of pharmacy of East China University of Science and Technology. He explained how the collaboration of physicists, chemists and medical doctors was necessary to create and operate Positron emission tomography (PET) Scan, an amazing diagnostic technique for metabolic troubles (e.g. used to detect Alzheimer disease) and tumours.

What are the Understanding Science Seminars?

What is the objective? The purpose of the seminars entitled “Understanding Science, Scientific seminars for the general public” is to make a broader public aware of today’s accomplishments in research through short scientific lectures in English (popularization) as well as to have an opportunity to talk with EU scientists currently carrying out research in China as well as with Chinese Researchers, in a friendly environment provided by a bar/café.

Archives BEIJING 25.10.2011 "Journey to the East, the soot road?" by Dr Guinot

"Journey to the East… the soot road?" What can a chemist learn about air pollution while cycling alone from Paris to Beijing? From both sides of Eurasia, natural resources and lifestyles differ, and pollutions too. Benjamin Guinot, atmospheric chemist, has joined Paris to Beijing in 2006, cycling alone on the Silk Road, now Soot Road. His sporting and human adventure is first illustrated by an extract of the film he shot. Then, based on his current research, Benjamin Guinot takes stock of the air pollution issues in China.

Archives BEIJING: 05.07.2011, "Are humans that different than insects?" by Prof. McNeil


Archives SHANGHAI: 15.06.2011, "Which energy for the future?" by Dr. Vit Janik