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Chris Heller for Science Stories
Søren Keiding and Jens Degett acting as water molecules during Salon #5

Science Salons

Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance

Spring 2020

a huge amount of red and white pills
Analuisa Gamboa on Unsplash
Piles of pills

Antibiotics are our most important medicine, it has given us a cure for the biggest killers, but are we losing it because we are abusing the medicine? We are seeing more and more resistant bacteria in our hospitals and we cannot treat any of them. It can ruin our health care system. Are we losing the fight against the resistant bacteria? What can we do to stop them? Are there alternatives ? And what does the future look like?

an open pill bottle on its side with green pills falling out
Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

CANCELLED due to the risk of COVID-19

March 12 - Science Salon #9 

Antibiotics: Once upon a time we died of nothing 

with Hans Jørn Kolmos, Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Southern Denmark 

 

Themes of past seasons

Water

Fall 2019

waves in water
Imleedh Ali on Unsplash
Making waves

Water is a vital prerequisite for life here on Earth. At the same time, water is a very distinctive substance; in its solid form (ice) it fills more than in its liquid one, it has a very high thermal density (it takes a lot of energy to heat it), it is an excellent solvent for charged biological molecules, and most of the Earth's surface is covered with it.  

This theme involves the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology and astronomy, to uncover the significance of water for life here on Earth and to explain how it came to be.

See the BBC video where science journalist Allok Jha asks: Why water is one of the strangest thing in the Universe?

Earth 

Spring 2019

An astronaut and Earth
NASA
Floating above "the pale blue dot"

Earth is the planet we live on. It is the third planet in the Solar System, and for the time being it is the only place we know. But why is it exactly where life has flourished? What is it about our planet that makes it particularly suitable for life in relation to our neighbouring planets? How old is Earth, how is it formed, and what do we know about its history? What is it made of, and how do we preserve it so that future generations of people will also benefit from it?