Thursday Talks - 30/10/2014

Federico Brandalise, Brain Research Institute, UZH: How does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment? This question has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries. In this talk we will briefly describe how the brain creates a map of the surrounding environment following the recent discoveries from John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, winners of 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

Joachim Hehl, Light Microscopy and Screening Center, ETHZ: After centuries of efforts to improve the perfomance of light microscopes scientists succeeded in the last 15 years to outwit a physical law which limits the resolution power by a factor of 2 to 10. Now, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award Erik Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and W. E. Moerner the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. In this short presentation, the very basic principles of various super-resolution approaches will be explained and some beautiful pictures are shown.

Abdullah Kahraman