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Mesures de pluie & Antennes mobiles - LTE

Pourquoi ne pas utiliser le réseau dense des antennes de téléphonie mobile pour détecter les grosses averses localisées, qui peuvent parfois surcharger les réservoirs, notamment en milieu urbain. C'est l'idée développée par l'Eawag, institut de recherche spécialisé dans le domaine de l'eau, en collaboration avec le Laboratoire de télédétection environnementale du professeur Alexis Berne de l'EPFL.

L'émission "Biosphère" de la "Radio suisse romande" a consacré un reportage à ce sujet: http://blogs.rsr.ch/biosphere/mesurer-la-pluie-grace-aux-antennes-de-telephonie-mobile/

Posted by Marie Sudki at 13:13
Oil Spill issues - Samuel Arey (LMCE)

Professor Samuel Arey (LMCE), Joint Assistant Professor (EPFL, Environmental Engineering Institute and Eawag, Department of Environmental Chemistry) was interviewed by the Swiss TV on the mechanisms and possible impacts of April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill which is causing extreme damages to the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and the nearby American shores, at the least.

A first scientific expedition was been launched to take water samples and collect data. These will be sent to EPFL to S. Arey's lab for analyzes and other research developments.... 

The Swiss TV first channel, TSR's 18 June's evening news: http://www.tsr.ch/video/info/journal-19h30/#id=2129842

Posted by Marie Sudki at 12:59
International "Green Talents" Competition 2010

Are there “Green Talents” among your readers?

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is calling for talented young scientists from around the world specializing in the area of sustainable development to apply for the competition “Green Talents – The International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development”.
Under the patronage of the German Federal Research Minister Professor Annette Schavan, the competition will give 15 exceptional young scientists the opportunity to meet and exchange views with today’s leading experts in Germany. The winners of the competition will participate in a ten-day international science forum taking place in autumn 2010. A special focus will be on the “Science Year 2010 – The Future of Energy”, announced by the BMBF due to the global importance of this area. Touring through Germany, the “Green Talents” will visit leading universities, research institutions and companies active in the field of sustainable development. They will gather specific information about research activities on site and learn about opportunities for cooperation with German partners. The forum will also include individual meetings with experts and an opportunity for the “Green Talents” to present their own research – as well as several cultural events and the award ceremony at the BMBF Forum “Research for Sustainable Development” in Berlin.

During the year following their participation in the “Green Talents Forum”, the winners of the competition will be invited to return to Germany for an additional research stay (up to three months). Funding will be provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Germany strives to take global responsibility by promoting sustainable development. The country's innovative power in this area makes it a strong R&D partner for international research groups, especially from developing countries and emerging markets. Researchers in Germany and throughout the world already benefit from numerous lively collaborations. The German Federal Government wants to further increase this exchange, especially with young scientists. That is why the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the international “Green Talents” competition in 2009.

Application documents should be submitted to greentalents@dlr.de by 20 June 2010. Further information on the competition and application guidelines are provided on the “Green Talents” website: www.greentalents.de

Please find attached a leaflet with all the relevant information on “Green Talents”.

Posted by Marie Sudki at 13:25
Book "Sant et dveloppement territorial"

Dr Luca Rossi (Ecological Engineering Laboratory-ECOL) is the co-author of a chapter dedicated to a topic of burning actuality; micropollutants in water as an issue or trigger to improve a real water management scheme.

This article entitled "Micropolluants dans les eaux: la sant sera-t-elle un levier suffisant pour mettre en place une gestion intgre?" by Nathalie Chvre, Nelly Niwa and Luca Rossi and can be found in pages 155-166 of the CEAT book "Sant et dveloppement territorial. 

To order the book: www.ppur.org/livres/978-2-88074-840-1.html

Posted by Marie Sudki at 7:40
New book about Xenobiotics

En cette fin d'anne est paru le livre dit par Springer, " Xenobiotics in the Urban Water Cycle: Mass Flows, Environmental Processes, Mitigation and Treatment Strategies ".

Le Dr. L. Felippe de Alencastro, MER, directeur du Central Environmental Laboratory (CEL) de l'ENAC-IIE est le co-auteur d'un chapitre sur les polluants organiques dans les eaux uses. Ce chapitre synthtise des travaux raliss pour la plupart l'EPFL ces dernires annes dans le cadre de projet SEA, soutenu par l'OFEV et les cantons.

Rfrence complte:
Kupper T., de Alencastro L.F., Berset J.-D.: Determination of sources and emissions of persistent organic contaminants by means of sewage sludge: results from a monitoring network. pp 147-160.
In «Xenobiotics in the Urban Water Cycle: Mass Flows, Environmental Processes, Mitigation and Treatment Strategies » Fatta-Kassinos D., Bester K., Kmmerer K. Ed., Environmental Pollution Volume 16, Springer 2009. ISBN 978-90-481-3508-0.

Posted by Claire Hofmann Chalard at 14:41
Biomasse aus Algen (Biofuels from Algae) - 25 November 2009

Professor Christian Ludwig, joint professorship of Solid Waste Treatment EPFL-PSI, has developed a method to produce methan as fuel from algae. At 400 degrees Celsius and 300 bar pressure, the biomass becomes gas...

This research on biofuels from algae has been presented on 25 November 2009 at a joint program of the Germans ZDF and ARD, the Austrian ORF and the Swiss German SRG TVs. To watch the film, in German language, check the link on 3SAT: www.3sat.de/dynamic/sitegen/bin/sitegen.php

Posted by Marie Sudki at 15:12
Ecologie mode d'emploi - ECOS

L'cologie, mode d'emploi

Mme Valentine Renaud, doctorante au Laboratoire des systmes cologiques (ECOS) de l'EPFL, propose une manire d'informer les adules sur "comment initier les enfants l'cologie?". Un article paru dans le magazine "Femina" du 20 septembre 2009 donne des conseils sur la manire d'enseigner aux plus jeunes les gestes lmentaires pour protger le climat. Le dossier aborde plusieurs thmes, tels que l'alimentation, les achats, le chauffage, la voiture...


Posted by Marie Sudki at 17:44
A new book by Professor B. Merminod and Dr P.-Y. Gilliron (TOPO)

Released in September 2009 the book : Gopositionnement et mobilits (GPS, EGNOS et Galileo...) is published by the multimedia center at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbliard (UTBM) in France. Main author Professor Bertrand Merminod and, Dr P.-Y. Gilliron is co-author of the book on the potential and challenges of geopositioning services.

Posted by Marie Sudki at 20:06
Tamar Kohn (LCE) wins a SNF Sinergia project

IIE is happy to announce and congratulate that Professor Tamar Kohn has been granted a 1 mio research funding from SNF for a project entitled "Physical and chemical processes that lead to virus inactivation at solid-water interfaces - a combined computational and experimental approach"

More information: enac.epfl.ch/page71099.html

Posted by Marie Sudki at 20:01
Sensorscope and Climate change

Dr Martine Rebetez, climatologist at IIE-EPFL, says "Sensorscope solar meteo-stations, which are spread all over Switzerland, will improve and/or advance our knowledge and understanding of global climatic phenomonon"...

For information: SensorScope is a new generation of measurement system based on a wireless sensor network with built-in capacity to produce high temporal and spatial density measures. By gathering the most recent results from a large range of research domains, this system aims at providing the fundamental tools that will help in taking care of our environment.

Check out Sensorscope program which involve many teams within EPFL and in particular IIE: sensorscope.epfl.ch

Posted by Marie Sudki at 11:57
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