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The second CAS Conference on Synthetic Biology will take place in Munich from 27 to 29 July 2015. It is one of the largest conferences in this field in Europe. Top European scientists as well as excellent researchers from the U.S. are attending; among them are Uri Alon, Joel Bader, Jochen Förster, Paul Freemont, Jutta Heim, Jörg Hoheisel, Clyde Hutchison III, Roman Jerala, Liedewij Laan, Timothy Lu, Floyd Romesberg, Luis Rubio, Beatrix Süß, Joyce Tait, and Bruce Turnbull. The topics will cover all aspects ranging from mirror biology, orthogonal biosystems, metabolic and genome engineering technologies as well as translational aspects of Synthetic Biology. more

The Center for Advanced Studies at LMU Munich (CAS) is offering research stays for the summer semester 2016 as a "Junior Researcher in Residence". The program is particularly aimed at academic staff members and scholarship recipients from the fields of humanities, cultural studies and social sciences at LMU Munich who, within their qualification level, seek a wider university and professional audience on the one hand, and who require optimal conditions for advancing or completing their research projects on the other hand. The status of a Junior Researcher in Residence includes a workspace in the Seestraße building and the use of the extensive resources of CAS. Application deadline is 15 September 2015. more

Upon invitation from LMU scholars, guest academics from around the world will once again be in Munich during the summer semester to conduct research. Jill E. Fisch, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, has been invited by Lars Klöhn. Being involved in the CAS research focus "EU Business Regulation", she will be a speaker at the conference "The New EU Financial Markets Architecture". Salvador Villalpando will be here upon invitation from Berthold Koletzko. He is an internationally highly renowned expert on nutrition and public health and will give a talk on "How obesity in children is progressing in Mexico". Michael Koß has invited Daniel Ziblatt who is Professor of Government at Harvard University where he works on democratization and state-building. he will give the keynote lecture at the workshop "Challenges to Parliamentarism in the 19th and 20th Century". Joshua P. Schwarz works at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. During his time here in Munich he will work together with Bernadette Weinzierl in the context of her ERC Starting Grant project in the field of aerosol physics. Bethany Wiggin will stay at the Center upon invitation from Christof Mauch with whom she collaborates on the topic of the Anthropocene. In Munich she will work on a special artefact: A 19th century quilt showing William Penn, founder of the Province of PennsylvaniaS, and Lenape Native Americans. more