Thursday Talks - 26/03/2015


What is life and where did life begin?

Speaker: Prof. Ben Moore, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics & Cosmology, UZH:

The first evidence for life on Earth originates from the beginning of the Archaean Eon around 3.8 billion years ago. Conditions on Earth were rather harsh before this time and unlikely to provide an environment suitable for life to emerge from a primordial soup. I will argue instead that life originated in outer space and was delivered to Earth during a series of giant asteroid impacts called 'the late heavy bombardment'.

Beyond the tourist’s trek: Nepal’s orphanages

Speaker: Kamal Sunar, Founder & Principal Caregiver of Save Blessing Child Home Orphanage, Nepal.

Nepal is a dream destination for tourists from all over the world, offering exciting trekking and mountaineering opportunities in the breath-taking landscapes of the Himalayans. However, few tourists experience the country's darker sides: Nepal's ragged geography and suffering economy hamper the building of an efficient infrastructure, leaving more remote regions effectively cut off from the rest of the world. This, in combination with cultural differences (the ancient caste system) and traditional social structures leads to devastating inequality. Children born into low castes, or in remote regions are often condemned to miserable lives; their only hope lies in education, which is an expensive asset in this developing country. Several non-government run orphanages across Nepal host thousands of children, trying to provide a perspective in life for the poorest of the poor.