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#26: How does motherhood impact women's lives?
How does motherhood impact mothers’ lives? What are the main challenges that migrant mothers face in their daily lives, and how can we get a better understanding of this complex experience? These are the questions at the heart of Eglė Kačkutė’s research on motherhood studies, which looks into the stereotypical but still relevant care chains, into who is caring for the very young and the elderly, under which circumstances and their sustainability in the future.
#25: How can bioplastics contribute to a more sustainable future?
In this episode, we dive into the importance of bioplastics in mitigating the plastic pollution crisis.
Are bioplastics a more sustainable option than traditional plastics? Is there a way to manage them in an environmentally and economically viable manner? These are the questions at the heart of Dominique Rocher's research project, which was selected for COP28 in Dubai and has recently won the EDHE Awards 2023 in South Africa.
Learn more about Dominique Rocher:
Dominique Rocher is dedicated to addressing one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. With a background in environmental science, biotechnology and entrepreneurship, she is currently pursuing a PhD at Stellenbosch University and the University of Padua, with one of the prestigious Arqus Talent Fund scholarships. Her journey is driven by a belief in the necessity of tackling the plastic pollution crisis on a worldwide scale. She is also the co-founder of the startup Urobo Biotech, together with Wessel Myburgh. This company is actively contributing to the broader goal of decarbonization and sustainability.
#24: Can love be explained through maths?
Are love duration and happiness predictable? Is there a mathematical model to predict the evolution of a relationship and plan a happy long-lasting one? Discover the quest for a mathematical relationship model in the latest Arqus podcast.
For this 24th episode of the Arqus Knowledge Pills “Can love be explained through maths?”, we invited Professor Laurent Pujo-Menjouet, Associate Professor and Researcher at the Camille Jordan Institute from the University of Lyon 1, where we dive into the correlation between love and maths, and how love psychology can be explained through mathematical parameters and models.
Laurent Pujo-Menjouet is Associate Professor and Researcher at the Camille Jordan Institute of the University of Lyon 1. His research areas encompass a wide range of topics, from blood-related pathologies (such as leukemia and dialysis), neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob), to other themes including radiobiology, bone formation, epidemiology (HIV), endangered language dynamics, dietary patterns, and love dynamics. He is the author of the book “Le jeu de l’amour sans le hasard: Mathématiques du couple” (Éditions des Équateurs / Humensis, 2019).
#23: How European Higher Education Alliances are changing Research and Studies
Last 27th October, Arqus participated in the Leipzig Science Festival Globe 2023 with a special live podcast episode of the “Arqus Knowledge Pills”: Bologna 2.0.? How European Higher Education Alliances are Changing Research and Studies?
The Leipzig Science Festival Globe23 was aimed at finding answers to relevant questions, creating orientation and designing new questions. To this end, it created creative spaces for unusual encounters between research, art, civil society and politics. With young and old, the festival celebrated critical curiosity and scientific knowledge as well as cross-border dialogues on and about “Life in Transition”, the theme of this year’s festival, at the Paulinum building of the Leipzig University and other venues in the city.
In the framework of this festival, Arqus participated in the Globe Forum about transformation processes in the European Higher Education landscape with this special 1-hour podcast.
The participants of this podcast are:
Claudia Wendt, PhD student in the Research Training Group
“Science Management and Science Communication (WiMaKo)” at the Institute for Higher Education Research. She is writing her doctoral thesis on the conditions for success in international university cooperation, using the example of the European University Alliances.
Dr. Harvey Charles, Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In this role, he leads the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and advances the University as a global leader in international teaching, research and outreach.
Fernando Galán, Arqus Consortium Manager with more than 10 years of experience working on European Higher Education policies.
#22: Can exercise improve our intelligence?
We suggest you listen to this 22nd episode of the Arqus Knowledge Pills while going for a walk or a run - it will make you want to exercise!
This time, we welcome Francisco B. Ortega, Professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences at the University of Granada, to discuss a really important topic for our overall health: sports. In this episode, we dive into the importance of exercising for everybody but more specifically for children. The professor explains the link between physical activity and cognitive development and tells us about a fascinating survey he conducted in Granada. To end the podcast, he gives really easy and practical advice to add more physical activity to our daily lives.
#21: Are phage-derived enzymes the future of disease control?
For the 22nd episode of the Arqus Knowledge Pills, we talked to Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa from the University of Wrocław. She is a Professor at and head of the Department of Pathogen Biology and Immunology at the Faculty of Biological Sciences.
In this episode, she helps us understand what phage-derived enzymes are. They can be used as an alternative to antibiotics in fighting illnesses and represent hope against antibiotic resistance. Zuzanna explains how the enzymes work and gives us examples of their application in current medicine.
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