The Microcosm Within Us

Dr. Leo Lahti 9.3.2019, 17.00 – 19.00, Koulu

This time we have Dr. Leo Lahti talking about an exciting and trendy topic:

Microscopic life first colonized our planet billions of years ago. Since then, all emerging life forms had to adapt to and live in a symbiotic relation with the microbial world. Humans can be seen as super-organisms where more than 99% of the genetic material is contributed by our microbial partners who protect our health, make us ill, digest our food, affect our consciousness, and shape the world around us.
This talk will specifically focus on human gut, which accommodates the most diverse microbial ecosystem in our body and is a major target in many healing traditions. Understanding these complex and highly variable ecosystems requires a data-intensive, multi-disciplinary approach where computational models and algorithms play a key role.
This talk provides an overview of contemporary microbiome research and emphasizes the holistic view where microbes are seen as our essential partners whose balance may have been drastically influenced by modern life style.

As always, no previous knowledge is necessary, and the event is free, so bring your friends!

The video of the latest Science Cafe with Dr. Leo Lahti is now up!

In other news, a few weeks ago we had received a grant to purchase our own filming and editing equipment from Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Varsinais-Suomi district), for which we are very grateful! We’re not completely used to the equipment yet, which resulted in some loss of audio this time.


Dreaming as Virtual Reality

Dr. Katja Valli 19.1.2019, 15.00-16.30, Koulu


Science Cafe is back with an exciting new topic! Dr. Katja Valli from the University of Turku will talk about “Dreaming as Virtual Reality”.

Dreaming can be conceptualized as a virtual reality simulation, mimicking the waking perceptual world. But how dream simulations relate to other types of internally generated simulations, such as mind wandering? Are any of the internally generated simulations functional or just noise in the machine? In this presentation, we focus on the simulation theories of dreaming which suggest that, in our ancestors, dreaming about particular types of events might have enhanced the neurocognitive mechanisms involved in recognition and avoidance of threats or social perception, cognition, and interaction.

As usual the talk is in English and it is intended for a non-specialised audience, no previous knowledge of the topic is required. IMPORTANT: Please note the time!