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In this episode we talk with Alok Jaiswal (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland) about his research on cancer cells.
Prof. Lucie Green is a solar physicist based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics. Besides being a great scientist, Lucie Green is also an inspiring science communicator and is very active in public engagement with science. She gives public talks regularly and is a television and radio host. In 2016, she published her first book 15 Million Degrees: A journey to the centre of the Sun, which discusses the history of solar physics until the current research and the “hot topics” of the field.
Roughly a month ago, neutron stars made it to the headlines. For the first time, we were able to see two neutron stars colliding with each other. Why is that interesting?
Date: 25 november 2017, 16:00 onwards
Location: Helsinki Observatory (Kopernikuksentie 1, Helsinki)
Presenter: Tommi Tenkanen, Queen Mary University of London
The nature of Dark Matter is one of the greatest open problems in cosmology and therefore under active study.
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“For me scientists are people who are questioning everything, and who try to figure out why things are the way they are! It does not matter whether these are biological, physical, chemical, or whatever questions. I question everything! I want to become a scientist!“
“I really enjoy what I do. I study the causes of eruptions from the Sun, so I’m trying to find answers to questions that have important applications here on Earth.”
"When I first arrived in Switzerland to pursue a Master's degree 11 years ago, I thought 'Just get the degree and go back to China'. Now I'm in the northern capital with my French husband and lovely daughters, and you see how life is full of surprises. That's the same as in doing science, the same as in child-caring. That's why I love them. My life is definitely not the easiest one, but less boring."
"I was interested in studyingcells in general, and luckily I found a research group working on rod cells and ended up working as research assistant. I am finishing my Masters thesis and going to study medicine after that. For me science is about knowing how the world works. Though my family does notfully grasp the content of what I'm working on, they nevertheless are proud and boast about it."
“We are participating in a competition to propose a scientific solution for Personalized medicine. However, as this is still a research in progress, the limitations are quite expected. And since we are in a competition, the other contestants are not perfect either. Believe in your own vision and be open-minded. That is how we reached the final!”
"Despite my facial expression, I feel extremely lucky to have found a field of study that has taken me to magnificent places from sea level to the vicinity of the high peaks of the Himalayas. Spending several years with the topic, snow still brings the smile on my face: how it sounds under one’s shoe, its uniqueness, and its beautifying, illuminating and cleansing effect on nature. Now through studies and research I have become fascinated by the importance and the profound complexity of snow."
“There is no strict answer to what the difference is between scientific and artistic research. Both science and art work with problems, but have different goals. Definitive knowledge, which is the goal of scientific research, would be a dangerous notion in art. Art creates pluralistic objects that allow for various responses to coexist for at least some time. That is why, I think the goal of artistic research is to obtain a temporal consistency of such pluralities. The best art is always a bit uncertain, but in a beautiful way, because it opens the possibility for returning and reinterpretation but that is true for science as well. But for science, it is more robust: it is absolute truth unless it’s disproved by somebody else.”
“Luck plays a huge role! It is like a surfer trying to get the perfect wave. You need the skills, no doubt about that! But there has to be a wave and you have to be there at the right time, at the right place. Scientists don’t like luck. But it is there and I think I have been incredibly lucky.”
"I applied to a medical school, but I didn’t get in. I was accepted to a physics program and when I started it I realised that it was my thing: it’s challenging and interesting. I’ve just started my first summer job and I am a bit worried I don’t have enough knowledge yet, but I’m looking forward for more challenges!"