EPFL-WISH Foundation lunch event with May-Britt Moser

Oct 12, 2016, from 12:15 until 14:00, EPFL, room PAC88

The EPFL Equal Opportunities Office is very excited to let you know that Prof. May-Britt Moser, the 2016 laureate of the prestigious Erna Hamburger Prize and Conference, has accepted to give a presentation of her research and career, during an informal lunch with female PhD students and postdocs on Wednesday October 12 at 12h15 at EPFL.

On October 11th, the EPFL-WISH Foundation (Women in Science and Humanities) will hold the prestigious Erna Hamburger Prize and Conference, an event that brings into the limelight an influential, leading female scientist who is transforming her field and executing change.

This year, the WISH foundation will welcome Professor May-Britt Moser. May-Britt Moser (born 4 January 1963) is a Norwegian psychologist, neuroscientist, and head of department of the Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She and her then-husband, Edvard Moser, pioneered research on the brain's mechanism for representing space together with their mentor John O'Keefe. They shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with O'Keefe, awarded for work concerning the grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, as well as several additional space-representing cell types in the same circuit that make up the positioning system in the brain. 

May-Britt Moser discovered types of cells that are important for determining position (spatial representation) close to the hippocampus, an area located in the center of the brain. She investigated correlations between the anatomical structure of the hippocampus and social learning in rats. Moser's work gave the ability for scientists to gain new knowledge into the cognitive processes and spatial deficits associated with human neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. 

Discover the biographical and scientific journey of May-Britt Moser on the web page established on the occasion of the reception of the Nobel Prize.

The informal lunch event with Prof. May-Britt Moser will be organized at EPFL on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 12:15 in room PAC88 of the Pavillon A.

The event will consist of a presentation in English followed by informal discussions where you will be able to ask her any kind of questions. Sandwiches, coffee and cakes will be offered. The event will last until around 13:30/14:00.

Registration here before October 7. This event is intended for female PhD students and postdocs. It is also open to MARVEL female PhD student and postdocs outside EPFL.

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