Nobel Science Week

This special occasion includes an IAS (Institute for Advanced Study) Distinguished Lecture and workshop. On 7 November conceptual considerations on chemistry and science in general will be presented in “From Matter to Life: Chemistry? Chemistry!” delivered by Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, 1987 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Professor Lehn became Professor of Chemistry at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg in 1970 and from 1979 to 2010 he was Professor at the Collège de France in Paris. He is presently Professor at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study and Senior Fellow of IAS. For more information, visit here.

An IAS workshop from 8 to 9 November will bring together leaders in the field of quantum science from different parts of the world, including two Nobel Laureates, Professor Serge Haroche and Professor David J. Wineland. These two eminent scientists, who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, will present the latest results of their research in quantum communication, quantum computation and quantum measurement. The goal is to present topic in terms accessible to an audience of physicists not necessarily specialised in the field. Other speakers include Professor Rainer Blatt, Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria; Professor Luiz Davidovich, Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Professor Jean-Michel Raimond, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France; Professor Arno Rauschenbeutel, Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Atominstitut, TU Wien, Austria; and Professor Christophe Salomon, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, École Normale Supérieure, France. For more information, please visit here.

IAS Distinguished Lectures

In addition to Nobel Science Week, IAS will host two other major lectures. Professor Alain Pecker of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Pavia in Italy will give a talk on 15 November titled “Research and Practice in Engineering: The Rion-Antirion Bridge Foundation Design”. In addition, Professor Peter Markowich, Distinguished Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, will give a talk titled “First Principle Modelling of Biological Transportation Networks”. For more information, please visit here.

The President's Lecture Series

The widespread use of antimicrobials in the raising of animals often gets the blame, but are humans totally blameless? Taking the One Health approach suggests that we are all in it together and should find solutions that serve both, animals and humans. In his talk “Don't just blame the animals, but who is to blame?”, Professor Michael P. Reichel, Dean and Chair Professor in CityU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, explores the role animals and humans play in the looming antimicrobial apocalypse. This is the 31st talk in the President's Lecture Series: Excellence in Academia and takes place on 23 November. For more details, please visit here.

City University Distinguished Lectures

There are two major talks this month. On 10 November Professor Sir David Baulcombe, Regius Professor of Botany and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University, will give a talk titled “Non coding RNA, epigenetics and non Mendelian inheritance in plants”. The focus will be on how RNA silencing may be particularly important following wide cross hybridisation and how it may infl­uence hybrid vigour and transgressive segregation. The speaker will describe his team’s recent work that implicates paramutation-like processes following wide cross hybridisation. For more information, visit here.

On 13 November, Professor Harvey F. Lodish, Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Professor of Biology and Professor of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a talk titled “Self-renewal of human hematopoietic progenitor cells: Development of novel therapies for anemias”. The talk will discuss Professor Lodish’s work on stimulating the self-renewal of early erythroid progenitor cells in order to improve the efficacy of treatment for anemias. For more information, please visit here.


The research team at the Centre for Biosystems, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology (CBNN), comprising Dr Liu Ziyu (Postdoctoral Fellow), Dr Zhang Weiguan (Postdoctoral Fellow) and Professor Stella Pang (Centre Director) has won the Best Poster Award at the 43rd International Conference on Micro and Nanoengineering (MNE) 2017 for the paper “Migration of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Cells through Porous Membrane”. MNE is a major annual conference in micro and nano-engineering and manufacturing. It brings together engineers and scientists from across the world to discuss recent progress and future trends in research, fabrication, and applications of micro and nano devices.