Conferences

  • Immersion in the Nanoworld

     
    A public lecture by Dr. Carole Fauquet (Researcher at the CNRS) 

     May 7, 2018, 6:30pm
    Alliance Française de Chicago (810 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610)
    Link for more information and registration 

    Since about twenty five years, 'Nano' is very popular. This word refers to the nanometer scale, where one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. At this scale, the properties of matter are different from those of bulk materials, quite amazing.

    This field of science emerged at the end of the last century with the achievement of matter observation at the atomic scale. Then nanomaterials research and production rised, driven by potential applications. However, the expected industrial revolution has not yet occured, because introducing of nanomaterials or nanotechnology in products does not always induce high added value.

    Indeed, new properties have to emerge and to be exploited in new functionalities in the right way. So, what are the nanos? Why do they excite researchers? What are their applications? Are they hazardeous for human health? This conference will show some examples in the field of technology, mechanics, energy, biology, medicine to address these questions.

    Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

     

     

     

  • Climate Change and Viral Emergence

     

    A public lecture by Dr. Jean-Claude Manuguerra (Director of the Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats at the Pasteur Institut)

     May 10, 2018, 8:30pm
    Alliance Française de Chicago (810 N Cearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610)
    Link for more information and registration 

    Studies suggest a link between climate change, human modifications to the environment, and the emergence of new viruses. Dr. Manuguerra will present how unsustainable environmental practices can lead to new diseases and vaccine-resistant viral agents.

    Climate change along with human modifications to the environment such as novel agricultural or breeding practices may lead to the emergence of unknown viral agents. These agents can then be carried by farm animals which become intermediate hosts for humans.

    Dr Manuguerra heads a research team focused on Environment and Infectious risks based in a Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats (CIBU). The CIBU it was founded in 2002 in response to “specialized biological emergencies”. These emergencies include epidemics, accidents, or terrorist attacks using biological weapons, which can all endanger public health. Most recently, the world faced a very serious Ebola virus epidemic. While the Ebola epidemic remains critical, the dynamics of other viruses are also of great concern.

    Dr. Manuguerra will review evolutionary events that can lead to vaccine-resistant viruses, and how unsustainable environmental practices could bring about previously unknown pathogens. Everyone is invited to learn more about how the evolution of molecular tools allow us to characterize emerging viral agents.

    Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!