Conferences

  • Freshwater biodiversity in the face of global change

     
    A public lecture by Pr. Régis Céréghino (Dept Functional Ecology & Environment (Ecolab), Univ. Paul Sabatier, CNRS, Toulouse, France)

     April 25th, 2016, 6:30pm
     Northwestern University, Lurie Baldwin Auditorium (303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611)

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    Decades of over-harvesting, habitat destruction, ecosystem contamination and changes on atmospheric gases have led to a global biodiversity crisis, and freshwater biodiversity has declined as a whole faster than either terrestrial or marine biodiversity over the past 30 years. In addition to their intrinsic value, species are responsible for the capture, conversion and flow of energy and nutrients through ecosystems – these functions ensure processes upon which humans ultimately depend.

    In this talk, the consequences of the most frequent stressors from human origin on fish and invertebrate communities of wetlands, rivers and lakes will be outlined. Climate warming, hydrological alterations, and changes in land use are major drivers of local extinctions and invasion by non-native species, affecting species dominance and interaction patterns. Then, Régis Céréghino will illustrate how field surveys and manipulative experiments help to unravel the mechanisms underlying these effects, and yield theoretical frameworks that support environmental management action plans.

    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!

  • Same old, same old … but what’s new? Advances in ageing research

     

    A public lecture by Pr. Miria Ricchetti (Institut Pasteur)

    April 28th, 2016, 6:30pm

    Alliance Française de Chicago (54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60654)

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    The causes of ageing are to a large extent obscure. Ageing is progressive, yet it is dramatically accelerated in some rare genetic diseases characterized by an early onset of organ and tissue deterioration typical of old individuals. We found a novel dysfunction that appears to be responsible for a precocious ageing disease, thereby paving the way for treatments for this disease that currently has no cure. These devastating disorders provide an extraordinary opportunity to identify processes that lead to normal ageing.

    Come to this broad audience conference to learn more about the mechanisms responsible for ageing, which has just been discovered, and about the implications of these findings.

    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!