Keynote Speaker

Stuart Firestein, Columbia, USA

Lisa Coussens

Dr. Stuart Firestein is the former Chair of Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences and a Professor of Neuroscience. His laboratory investigates the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. He and his students have published over 100 peer reviewed papers in journals such as Science, Nature, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience and others. Scientifically he seeks to answer that fundamental human question: How do I smell? Dedicated to promoting the accessibility of science to a public audience, Firestein serves as an advisor for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program for the Public Understanding of Science. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, an Alfred Sloan Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.  His two books book on science for a general audience have been published by Oxford University Press.  Ignorance, How it drives Science was released 2012 and has been translated into 10 languages. His second book, Failure: Why Science is So Successful, was released in 2016. 

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