In 2022 the YAE will turn 10 years old, and in celebration we are organising a seminar series to showcase the diversity of fascinating research within the Academy. Each month we organise a one-hour seminar with three short, accessible talks for an interdisciplinary audience; one each from Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Social Sciences and Humanities. Seminars are on Zoom, open to YAE members and others, and will be filmed for wider dissemination.

Seminars vary in timing each month and will be advertised on the YAE website and newsletters. Some slots after summer are available so please contact events chair Scott Bremer (scott.bremer@uib.no) if you want to talk. We’d love to hear about your work! At the bottom of this page are the available slots.

June’s seminar will be on Friday the 24th of June, from 09.30 – 10.30 CET. Please register for the event by 11.30pm on Thursday the 23rd of June. You can see abstracts for the talks below. All registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link in advance of the event.

Mona Simion: Politically Motivated Reasoning and Resistance to Evidence

In this talk, I look into the mechanisms of evidence resistance (e.g. vaccine scepticism, climate change denialism). I argue that a popular hypothesis in social psychology suffers from two important epistemological and empirical drawbacks, and suggest a novel explanation of the data. I also gesture towards corresponding paths to progress in policy and practice.

Eniko Kubinyi: Dog ageing from a behavioural, neuroscientific, and genetic approach

Understanding how active, healthy ageing can be achieved is one of today’s most relevant problems. Our Senior Family Dog Project aimed to explore the cognitive ageing of family dogs using an interdisciplinary approach with behavioural, neuroscientific, and genetic testing methods. Our goal was twofold: to enhance translational research on cognitive ageing and increase canine welfare.

Katalin Solymosi: A Bud’s Life – Plasticity of Plastids Throughout the Life of a Leaf

Plastids are unique semi-autonomous organelles of algal and plant cells responsible – among others – for photosynthesis. In mature, green leaves the chloroplasts produce oxygen and fix carbon dioxide to convert it into organic substances with the help of sunlight. My basic blue-sky research work focuses on how chloroplasts develop under natural conditions. In my presentation I’ll show examples for peculiar plastid developmental pathways and will focus on the seasonal characteristcis of buds with bud scales enclosing new leaf primordia. Life and good stories are often complex, so I’ll also include some data about what happens to the leaf plastids during herbivore attack.

Available seminar slots in 2022
Monday 22.08.2022: 14.00-15.00 (All spaces available)
Tuesday 27.09.2022: 09.30-10.30 (All spaces available)