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FORUM ”Science to facilitate Human heritage“

By Christine Marie-Therese Darve posted 04-06-2022 14:07


Join us Thursday, April 28 at 4 pm CET (10 am ET) and participate with our expert panel members, exchanging your perspectives on how science facilitates Human heritage. 



Let’s walk on the footstep of Darwin ! Science has proven how Human adapt to their environment and nowadays how Humans are influencing their own environment. Humans and their heritage can be observed across time and space thanks to Light Sources and Neutron Sources. Paleanthropology, like (bio)archeology open the doors to scientific cases, which have been described in previous Physics Matters Colloquia as part of the “Physics for Development” program:

Our panel members, composed of experts in the fields, will exchanges their experiences and perspectives on those (r)evolutions while keeping an eye on Man-Women-Kind perspectives.

This forum session will also be articulated around a life participation of the public audience, exchanging their own insights.


  • Prof Kirsi Lorentz (Cyprus University) received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) in 2004, with a focus on human bioarchaeology. She led the first official user group at the newly opened SESAME Synchrotron and leads large European-funded projects.

  • Prof Gihan Kamel (SESAME) is the infrared beamline scientist at SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), on leave from the Physics Department in the Faculty of Science at Helwan University, Egypt, where she is a lecturer in biophysics.

  • Dr Margaux Schmeltz (Paul Scherrer Institute, SLS) is a postdoctoral fellow in the X-ray Tomography Group at PSI. She graduated from the engineering school ENSTA Paris and completed a Master’s by research degree at the Paris-Saclay University and subsequently her Ph.D. in Physics at Ecole Polytechnique, France.

  • Dr. Kate Shaw is an experimental particle physicist working on the ATLAS experiment and the DUNE experiment. She works to support the fostering of physics in developing countries, and in inclusion and access to science. Shaw founded and directs the Physics Without Frontiers program at the ICTP to help build the next generation of physicists in developing countries.

  • Prof Björn Nilsson is an archaeologist, Head of the Dep. of Cultural History in Bergen. He has been scientific coordinator at LINXS at Lund University, linking archaeology to Lund University’s scientific laboratories and big science infrastructures. He is involved in digital archaeology and marine archaeology on the continental shelf.

  • Dr. Kudakwashe Jakata is a postdoctoral researcher in computed tomography (CT) at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). He was the CT Scanning Manager at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained a Ph. D in physics.