Conferences

  • How the new genome-editing technologies in agriculture will change our everyday lives?

     
    A public lecture by Pr. Agnès Ricroch (Associate professor at AgroParisTech, France and Adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA)

     May 2, 2017, 7pm
    Alliance Française de Chicago (54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60654)

    The first GM crops started being cultivated in 1996 following the discovery of transgenesis in 1983.

    In 1990, the European Union (EU) adopted its first regulatory framework on GMOs. As a result of strong regulatory constraints, commercial cultivation of GM crops is minimal in the EU. Despite of this, the EU remains a major importer of soybean, corn, and rapeseed GM products.

    Since its discovery in 2012, the CRISPR/Cas technology has emerged as a revolutionary genome-editing technology applicable to all living organisms. It allows the DNA to be cut at desired locations, making possible for existing genes to be removed and/or new ones added.

    Using a comprehensive database, Pr. Agnès Ricroch will review all the recent applications of the CRISPR/Cas in crops and farm animals to meet with today’s agricultural challenges. The use of genome-editing technologies in plant breeding requires a novel EU regulatory approach for new cultivated plant varieties.

    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!

  • Black holes, supernovae, Big Bang: why are gravitational waves a revolutionary discovery?

     

    A public lecture by Pr. Benoit Mours (Director of Research at the CNRS)

     May 4, 2017, 7pm

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

    A century after Albert Einstein’s prediction on general relativity, the observation of gravitational waves, emitted by the merging of two black holes, has been confirmed in 2015 by a team of international scientists gathered in the LIGO scientific collaboration.

    Gravitational-wave astronomy is an emerging discipline aimed at using gravitational waves to collect observational data about objects such as neutron stars and black holes, events such as supernovae, and processes including those of the early universe shortly after the Big Bang.

    Everyone is invited to attend this conference presented by Pr. Benoit Mours and learn more about the main breakthroughs that made this discovery possible, the worldwide network of instruments and the future of this new field. Pr. Mours is part of the Advanced LIGO team conducting this research.

    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!