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Evening Meetings in Science

Cercetare filosofia stiintei programe master

    Wed 9 November

    Daniel David

    (Universitatea Babes Bolyai) TBA

    Wed. 7 December

    Alexandru Babes

    (Universitatea Bucuresti) TBA

    Wed 11 January

    Adrian Stanica

    (GeoEcoMar) TBA

Serile cu Stiinta, VI

Evening Meetings in Science, VI

Ralf Neurohr

BIOPHOTONICS

What can fundamental research learn from history & philosophy of science?

Miercuri, 26 mai 2010, ora 18.00

Facultatea de Filosofie, Bucuresti, Amfiteatrul TITU MAIORESCU

ABSTRACT: Biophotonics, as addressed in the seminar, is a still rather poorly understood phenomenon, which can be described as very weak light signals being observed from almost any living system and many bio-materials. Some basic ideas and well established experimental facts will be explained by means of the delayed luminescence (DL) of dry seeds. The phenomenon of seed DL is known since more than 30 years and it turned out, that there is not only a correlation between the intensity of DL and the germination capacity of the seeds, but also an additional correlation between seed DL and the biological clock phenomenon, which lead to the speculation that DL emitting structures might be directly involved into the biological clock mechanism.

Nevertheless and despite all experimental evidences, the ideas and concepts, evolved to understand the weak light emission from living systems, are still a subject of controversial discussions and this is directly leading to reflections on historical and philosophical aspects of experimental science.

The seminar will cover:
•The history of research on seed DL, also touching the concept of “Biophotons”, which can contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon.
•A summary other related experimental results, including also some unpublished work.
•Aspects related to the history and philosophy of science

Ralf Neurohr, born in 1959, studied biology in the laboratories of Werner Nachtigall at Saarbrücken University (Germany) and graduated in 1987. During a research period in biophotonics at the International Institute of Biophysics (Kaiserslautern, Germany) from 1987 to 1994 , he earned his PhD with a thesis on the delayed luminescence of bio-materials at Saarbrücken University. In 1994 he became an independent consultant, executing research projects for industrial partners in different European countries. Since 1997 Dr. Neurohr is a permanent Senior Consultant of the SGS Institut Fresenius group (Taunusstein, Germany).
Based on some research collaboration with "Politehnica" University of Bucharest (UPB), in 2006 Dr. Neurohr was invited by the Senate of "Politehnica", in order to introduce Bionics at the Faculty of Engineering Taught in Foreign Languages (FILS). Since March 2007 he is teaching at UPB and with this occasion he also joined the VSYNC project at the faculty of Electrical engineering, where he is in charge with the development of software for monitoring power quality.
Beside the activities in Romania, there is also a recently started collaboration with the German gene bank at IPK Gatersleben focusing on fundamental research on the biophotonics of seeds.

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Evening Meetings in Science, V

Marius Andruh

The Beauty of Chemistry (in Romanian)

Wed, MARCH 31st 2010, 6 pm

Faculty of Philosophy, Hall: TITU MAIORESCU

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Evening Meetings in Science, IV

Luiza Flonta

CONSCIOUSNESS: a neurobiologic study (in Romanian)

Wed, MARCH 24th 2010, 4pm

Faculty of Philosophy, Hall: TITU MAIORESCU

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Evening Meetings in Science, III

Liviu Ornea

WHAT IS THE NON-EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY?

When? Wednesday, FEBRUARY 24th, 2010, 6.30 PM

Where? Faculty of Philosophy, Bucharest, Hall: CONSTANTIN RADULESCU MOTRU

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Cercetare filosofia stiintei programe master

Evening Meetings in Science, II

Călin Alexa is a researcher at IFIN HH (Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering) and CERN (European Organization of Nuclear Research). He will join the second Science Evening presenting us the crucial points in

MAPPING THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

When? Wed, DECEMBER 16 2009, 18.00

Where? Faculty of Philosophy, Bucharest, Hall: MIRCEA FLORIAN.

ABSTRACT: ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Starting in late 2009/2010, the ATLAS detector will search for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.

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Cercetare filosofia stiintei programe master

Evening Meetings in Science, II

Lucian Ancu is a researcher at Radbound University, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

IN LUMEA PARTICULELOR ELEMENTARE

When? Wednesday,DECEMBER, 10, 2009 - 06.00 p.m.

Where? Faculty of Philosophy, Bucharest, Hall: Constantin-Radulescu Motru.

Contact: Sorin Costreie (sorin.costreie@celfis.ro)