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Dinner Speech: Jan Korvink: "The elegant worm"

Wann 06.03.2013
von 18:30 bis 19:00
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In this dinner speech I will introduce my highly interdisciplinary ERC project. We are but at the start, after only 6 months, so there are not too many results to show. Instead, there is the larger idea behind this project, which is rooted (distantly) in a fundamental question that we humans carry around with us: "Can we explain life from the bottom up?"
There is no doubt in my mind that we will NOT solve the problem of explaining life. But I am truly convinced that, if successful, we will nudge matters ahead by a tiny yet important fraction, and my ERC reviewers obviously agreed with me. Our approach is to create a device that may be able reveal essential details about "metabolism" molecules inside of a tiny living organism, the 1 mm long worm called c. elegans, whilst it is going about its daily business. The approach is based on working within an interdisciplinary team, and for this I am bringing together engineers, physicists, biologists, chemists, and computer modellers.
So, in the talk I want try something different. I want to, jargon free, acronym free, and formula free, attempt to explain the scheme of things, and then show how my concept fits into this. All of this between 18:30 and dinner. And then brace myself for the questions.