Colloqium to celebrate the retirement of Brian Foster from University Hamburg & DESY

chaired by Marc Wenskat (DESY), Susan-Katrin Ketels (DESY), Nicholas Walker (DESY), Gudrid Moortgat-Pick (University of Hamburg / DESY), Karsten Buesser (DESY)
from to (Europe/Berlin)
at DESY ( Hörsaal and Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal (10.9.) )
Go to day
  • Monday, September 9, 2019
    • 15:00 - 18:10 Colloqium
      DESY Hörsaal
      Location: DESY Hörsaal
      • 15:00 Welcome Addresses 10'
        Moderated by Prof. Dr. Gudrid Moortgat-Pick
      • 15:10 Grußwort der Universität Hamburg 20'
        Grußworte von Prof. H. Graener, Dean und
        Prof. J. Louis
      • 15:30 Grußwort Prof. Dr. Joachim Mnich, DESY FH 10'
      • 15:40 TASSO - Prof. Dr. Roger Cashmore, Oxford University 30'
      • 16:10 HERA - Prof. Dr. Eckhard Elsen, CERN 30'
      • 16:40 Coffee Break 30'
      • 17:10 The (ILC) Life of Brian - Prof. Dr. Barry Barish, Caltech 30'
      • 17:40 Plasma - Prof. Dr. Wim Leemans, DESY 30'
    • 18:10 - 22:30 Reception : Dinner Speech by Prof. Dr. Albrecht Wagner
      Location: Kantinenanbau
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    • 18:30 - 22:10 Lecture & Concert
      Location: Elbphilharmonie ( Kleiner Saal )
      • 18:30 Grußwort - Dr. Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation 10'
      • 18:40 The quest for the structure of the biological machine that reads our genes 50'
        Everyone has heard of DNA. But by itself, DNA is just an inert blueprint for life. It is the ribosome— an ancient and enormous molecular machine made up of half a million atoms —that makes DNA come to life by turning our genetic code into proteins and therefore into us. My book Gene Machine is a frank insider account of the race for the structure of the ribosome, a fundamental discovery in molecular biology, but one that could also lead to the development of better antibiotics against bacterial infections. But the book is also about the human messiness of science: the twists and turns of my career, initially being an outsider who gave up on physics to become a biologist, and then being the dark horse in a fierce competition with well-established groups. Gene Machine is also a frank and gossipy account of how science is done, with its mixture of insights and persistence as well as blunders and dead ends. It is also honest about how scientists behave, especially when the stakes are high, with their personalities, egos, insecurities and jealousies but also their kindness and generosity.
        Speaker: Prof. Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, PRS
      • 19:30 Interval 30'
      • 20:00 Concert 2h10'
        Kotaro Fukuma - Piano 
        Jack Liebeck - Violin  
        Alexandra Raikhlina - Violin
        Mathieu Herzog - Viola 
        Ugne Tiskute - Viola 
        Thomas Carroll - Cello
        Gemma Rosefield - Cello 
        • W.A. Mozart: Sonata for violin and piano in E flat major, K380
        • W.A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat major, K493
        • Interval 30'
        • P.I. Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence”
        • Pieces to be announced from the stage