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IIE - actualités / news

Appointment for Prof Marc Parlange

Professor Marc Parlange, Dean of the ENAC School and head of the Laboratory of Environmental Fluids Mechanics and Hydrology (EFLUM), was elected for a three year mandate by the Swiss Academy of Science (SNAT) as President of the National Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, web site of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics: www.scnat.ch/f/netzwerk/index.php

Posted by Marie Sudki at 12:44
Course on "biological and climate processes"

The Summer School on Biogeodynamics and Earth System Sciences (BESS) addresses the scientific issues posed by a deep understanding of the coupled dynamics of biotic and abiotic components of the Earth System, e.g. related to climate-biosphere interactions, the bio-geomoprhic processes that shape the landscape, the two-way interaction between atmospheric and biospheric processes at the surface.

The BESS Summer School continues the tradition of Summer Schools on the Environmental Sciences organized by IVSLA for more than 20 years, which has consolidated an international reputation and has seen the participation of about 60 high-level scientists and of more than 500 attendees.

The 2010 Summer course which focuses on "Biological and climate processes: coupled dynamics and scales of interaction" will be held in Venice (IT) from 11 till 18 June 2010.

More information and registration: www.istitutoveneto.it/bess/ - deadline for registration is 30 April 2010.

Posted by Marie Sudki at 14:00
Book "Santé et développement 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 santé sera-t-elle un levier suffisant pour mettre en place une gestion intégrée?" by Nathalie Chèvre, Nelly Niwa and Luca Rossi and can be found in pages 155-166 of the CEAT book "Santé et développement territorial. 

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

Posted by Marie Sudki at 7:40
International Disaster and Risk Conference 2010 in Davos (CH)
International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) and Workshops is one of the three main pillars of Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos.
IDRC is a biennial conference on disaster and risk reduction and climate change adaptation is held in Davos, Switzerland, as a global gathering, complemented in the years between with regional conferences hosted in different global locations with a regional focus.

The IDRC conferences promote the integral risk management approach – across subject areas, professions, and sectors – encompassing scientific understanding with business, policy responses, the media and citizen participation, encouraging stronger ties with adequate public-private partnership models and devising approaches for moving towards a more truly integrated way of thinking about disaster and risks.

Additional conferences and workshops dealing with specific disaster and risk topics may be organized in Davos or elsewhere. The conferences and workshops will provide solutions for effective and efficient global disaster and risk management and for climate change adaptation, which needs the involvement of all stakeholders of the public and the private sector. IDRC is a fantastic platform for leading experts from fields such as the natural, engineering and social sciences, politics, government, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, NGOs and other risk management professions to meet and exchange experience. Two first IDRCs already took place in Davos respectively in 2006 and 2008.

Check out the 2010 program

Posted by Marie Sudki at 9:33
Inaugural lessons at IIE

IIE is pleased to announce the inaugural lectures of two of its professors:

at 17:15 Professor Alcherio Martinoli, head of the Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory (DISAL) on "Union is Strength but not for Free - Achievements and Grand Challenges in Distributed Intelligent Systems"

at 18:00 Professor Andrea Rinaldo, head of the Ecohydrology Laboratory (ECHO) on "Hydrologic Controls on the Spreading of Species, Populations and Pathogens of Water-borne Disease"

Both lectures were proposed on 10 March in auditorium CO1 of the EPFL campus.

Posted by Marie Sudki at 17:46
New book about Xenobiotics

En cette fin d'année est paru le livre édité 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 usées. Ce chapitre synthétise des travaux réalisés pour la plupart à l'EPFL ces dernières années dans le cadre de projet SEA, soutenu par l'OFEV et les cantons.

Référence complète:
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., Kümmerer K. Ed., Environmental Pollution Volume 16, Springer 2009. ISBN 978-90-481-3508-0.

Posted by Claire Hofmann Chalard at 14:41
Pr Fernando Porté-Agel

IIE is happy to welcome a new professor, Fernando Porté-Agel, who has just started his activities with the New Year and has created a new group in Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Laboratory (WIRE) located on the second floor, zone B of the GR Building.

The full address is as follows:

Professor Fernando Porté-Agel
GR B2 392 (GR Building)
Station 2
CH-1015 Lausanne

Direct phone: +41 (0)21 693 2726
Secretary (Mrs Corinne Weibel): +41 (0)21 693 6138
Email: fernando.porte-agel@epfl.ch

Posted by Marie Sudki at 12:21
DISAL participation in "OpenSense" SNF nano-tera projects

IIE congratulates Professor Alcherio Martinoli, director of DISAL, for his partnership in an important SNF nano-tera project entitled "OpenSense: Open sensor networks for air quality monitoring", project leader Professor Karl Aeberer LSIR-EPFL.

More information: www.nano-tera.ch/projects/401.php



Posted by Marie Sudki at 14:46
Award to Pr Marc Parlange (EFLUM)

IIE and ENAC are happy to congralute Professor Marc Parlange (EFLUM) who has been awarded the AGU "2009 Hydrologic Science Award" in recognition of his pioneering contributions in developing the field of environmental flduis mechanics for the study of the atmospheric boundary layer and land-atmosphere interaction.

For information, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), which was established in 1919 by the National Research Council and for more than 50 years operated as an unincorporated affiliate of the National Academy of Sciences, is now a nonprofit corporation chartered under the laws of the District of Columbia. The Union is dedicated to the furtherance of the geophysical sciences through the individual efforts of its members and in cooperation with other national and international scientific organizations.

AGU's Hydrology section section members are concerned with the cycling of continental water (solid, liquid and vapor) at all scales, and with physical, chemical and biological processes driven by that cycling. More than 6,000 of the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) 35,000 members identify Hydrology as their primary section. More information: hydrology.agu.org/

2009 AGU Fall Meeting is taking place at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco (USA) from 14 to 18 December 2009 - for more information: www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/

Posted by Marie Sudki at 8:03
EML - available PhD positions

One PhD position in Geomicrobiology : eml.epfl.ch/job.en.php

One PhD position in Microbial metagenomics: eml.epfl.ch/job.en.php

Posted by Marie Sudki at 15:22
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