Thursday Talks - 26/05/2016

How Genes and Genomes Unveil Global host-Pathogen Interactions

Speaker: Lorenzo Gatti (Zurich University of Applied Sciences)

During the course of evolution, pathogens exploited new and better strategies to infect the human body. A well-known case is influenza disease, which evolves extremely rapidly in order to escape and elude the human immune system. With the increasing of availability of molecular data, new computational methods (i.e. phylodynamic models) are needed to describe and unveil the close association between a more-and-more global and dynamic society and its pathogens.

Lessons of 2015 Nepal Earthquake DisasterSnow metamorphosis and on site avalanche risk assessment

Speaker: Dr. Sujan Malla (Structural Engineer, Axpo Power AG)

The Nepal earthquake of 25 April 2015 with a magnitude of 7.8 Mw and its aftershocks caused around 9,000 deaths and an economic loss of almost USD 10 billion. After a brief overview of the seismo-tectonic setting of the Himalayan region, some interesting lessons of this earthquake disaster will be discussed in this presentation. Selected photos of earthquake damages of buildings and temples will be shown to illustrate the destructive power of this major seismic event.