The "Jülich Lectures" is a public lecture format aiming at the general public. They are intended to provide background information on important research topics at Jülich. Forschungszentrum Jülich develops technologies that benefit research in Germany and worldwide in the areas of health, energy, and climate, as well as information technology.
8th Jülich Lecture
Prof. Jean-Pierre Changeux is seeking answers to basic philosophical and ethical questions in view of the rapid development of the neurosciences: How far can we account for human behaviour on the basis of neural mechanisms? To what extent does the genome determine human behaviour? And finally, what opportunities do imaging and simulation techniques open up for reading thoughts, thus invading an individual's privacy and ultimately even controlling human behaviour? Prof. Changeux is professor of molecular neurobiology at the Collège de France and Institut Pasteur.
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7th Jülich Lecture: "Feeding 10 Billion with Less"
Human numbers and demands are growing. Per capita availability of arable land and irrigation water is shrinking. There is an urgent need for scientific advancement and implementation of measures to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change on food and livelihood security. This Jülich Lecture with World Food Prize Winner Prof. M.S. Swaminathan and Prof. Joachim from Braun (Bioeconomy Council, Germany) addresses issues and options for meeting one of the most urgent challenges facing mankind.
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6th Jülich Lecture: The AMS Experiment on the International Space Station
In this lecture, Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Dr. Samuel C. C. Ting (MIT) presents the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). The AMS is a high precision general-purpose particle physics detector on board of the International Space Station (ISS). AMS delivers high quality measurements of cosmic rays with a precision and a statistical volume never reached before. The status of the experiment and the perspectives for the coming years are presented.
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5th Jülich Lecture: Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering
In this lecture, Prof. Dr. Londa Schiebinger identifies three major approaches to gender in science: efforts to increase the number of women, programmes to remove bias and barriers from the institutions of science, and sex and gender analysis to create new knowledge. The talk treats each approach with a special focus on the EU / US Gendered Innovations project. This project develops state-of-the-art "Methods of Sex and Gender Analysis" for basic and applied research in science, medicine, and engineering.
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3rd Jülich Lecture: Electron Microscopy at the Frontiers of Materials Science
Microscopy represents one of the major breakthroughs of modern science. PICO is ER-C’s new ultrahigh-resolution electron microscope and allows unique insights to be acquired into the world of atoms. These insights are key to innovations, especially in materials research and nanotechnology, wich aim to respond to the major questions of our global society. Prof. Dr. Knut Urban, Prof. Dr. Joachim Mayer and Prof. Dr. Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski gave an insight into this topic in October 2012 as part of the Jülich Lecture series.
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Bringing Social Sciences to Energy
Prof. Dr. Steven E. Koonin, former under secretary of state at the US Department of Energy held a lecture on "Bringing Social Sciences to Energy" at Forschungszentrum Jülich. In his lecture, Koonin emphasizes that technological progress alone is not enough when it comes to bringing about a sufficiently radical transformation of the energy sector with the necessary speed. He stressed that societal aspects are equally important, such as the economic and political situation as well as prevailing behaviours and convictions.
Duration: 46 minutes
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Overcoming the barriers to Exascale through Innovation - Stephen S. Pawlowski (Intel)