The seventh I2CAM/FAPERJ school with focus on Soft Matter will be held in Rio de Janeiro, April 20-26, 2014. The conference is co-funded by ICAM, FAPERJ, CAPES, CNPq and will be hosted by the CBPF, in Rio de Janeiro. (To register for this event, please complete the registration form here: http://tinyurl.com/mjx6jqw . The registration deadline is March 31, 2014.) I sit down with one of the lead organizers, Dr. Mark Bowick from Syracuse University, to discuss the exciting talks scheduled for the conference. (For more information about the 7th FAPERJ School, please visit the 7th FAPERJ School website here: http://tinyurl.com/lea4u2b .)
Suchitra Sebastian, from the ICAM node at Cambridge, gave a talk at Google X’s “Solve for X” summit held at the Google Campus in Cordevall in February. Entrepreneurs and scientists from around the world gathered at Google’s annual summit to discuss invited ‘moonshot proposals’. These are radical ideas for how groundbreaking technology can solve global problems. Her talk, about the great potential of materials, particularly superconductors, was presented alongside media luminaries such as Ira Glass.
As part of the demonstration, Suchitra used a levitating train demonstration supported by ICAM, which we plan to use at several future outreach events. One idea is to use demonstrations like this to link up with entrepreneurs and foundations, to encourage their support of emergent materials research. Plans are afoot to hold one such event in London this summer.
Suchitra’s Google X talk can be viewed at the link below.
The seventh I2CAM/FAPERJ school with focus on Soft Matter will be held in Rio de Janeiro, April 20-26, 2014. The conference is co-funded by ICAM, FAPERJ, CAPES, CNPq and will be hosted by the CBPF, in Rio de Janeiro.
To register for this event, please complete the registration form.
For more information about the 7th FAPERJ School, please visit the 7th FAPERJ School Website.
The University of Michigan Energy Institute and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems hosted the Science of Sustainability Colloquium in February, where the U-M Community was invited to hear three distinguished speakers address sustainability from the viewpoints of economics, physics, and coupled social-ecological systems.
To view these lectures, please click on the links below or visit the University of Michigan Energy Institute website here: Colloquium: Science of Sustainability
List of Talks
Introduction- James Allen, Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, and Mark Barteau, Director, Energy Institute
The physics of sustainability- Peter Littlewood, Argonne National Laboratory & University of Chicago
Feedback systems and sustainability: robustness-fragility trade-offs in coupled social-ecological systems- J. Marty Anderies, Arizona State University
Economics and sustainability: the energy case- John Byrne, University of Delaware
Since we last spoke with David Pines, Chief Evangelist at ICAM and co-chair of GSEE Executive Committee, the Global Partnership for Science Education through Engagement has gained considerable momentum. GSEE was conceived during the 2009 Annual ICAM Meeting at the University of Cambridge and has become a well-designed and heavily supported experiment in science education. It began under the auspices of ICAM, and, since then, nineteen ICAM branches became GSEE Founding Partners through their active programs in science education. Within the past year GSEE has expanded its partners significantly to include 33 institutions as well as a branch in Japan [pictured below: GSEE/Kyoto Founding Summit].
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