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Motivational Quotes

Credit: Portrait of the American artist Andy Warhol at his exhibition dedicated to Black transvestites in the US. Ferrara, November 1975

  Andy Warhol

"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what."
"My mother didn't love me." So what.
"My husband won't ball me. So what.
"I'm a success but I'm still alone." So what.
I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget."

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol



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What did the poet say

Credit: Charles Baudelaire by Étienne Carjat, 1863; via Wikipedia

Charles Baudelaire

Music

Music uplifts me like the sea and races
Me to my distant star,
Through veils of mist or through ethereal spaces,
I sail on it afar.

With chest flung out and lungs like sails inflated
Into the depth of night
I escalade the backs of waves serrated,
That darkness veils from sight.

I feel vibrating in me the emotions
That storm-tossed ships must feel.
The fair winds and the tempests and the oceans

Sway my exultant keel.
Sometimes a vast, dead calm with glassy stare
Mirrors my dumb despair.

- from Flowers of Evil


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Digital technologies rescue food from landfill

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Since a major portion of food waste happens at plate level, researchers are using digital technology to put sustainability back on the menu.

Food waste has reached colossal proportions and the magnitude of the problem requires equally massive resources with the potential to supply sustainable answers. What better than the dynamic digital databases and advanced analytics we literally have access to "at our fingertips".

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SGEM Vienna Conferences are switching to ON-LINE!

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SGEM Vienna Green and SGEM Vienna Art are going to be held virtually

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Given the current Coronavirus situation and the high number of people infected (about 16,000 in the last 24 hours), after long consultations, the Austrian Government has officially announced a nationwide full lockdown for the period of 22 November - 13 December. During this period Schönbrunn palace will be closed as well as many hotels and restaurants, all social activities will be prohibited and the whole country will be practically blocked. Travel to Austria for touristic purposes will not be possible as well. Only grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, and state administration will be opened.

These measures were taken after more than 3 days of consultations with federal provinces, experts, politicians, leading medics, etc., and aim drastically to reduce the morbidity. Even though here in Austria over 65-67% of the population is vaccinated, the situation is extremely difficult.

Until the last moment, we hoped and were ready to optimize and reorganize halls, sessions, and days so that we could keep the event on-site completely safe.

Unfortunately, the event is exactly in this lockdown period: 7-10.12.2021 and to our great regret cannot be held on-site, due to the imposed final measures and subsequent restrictions affecting almost all areas of life and work. We did not expect this to happen until yesterday, but regretfully it is a fact now.

However, the event will not be postponed but will go Entirely Online. All speakers will have the possibility to make their presentations during live ZOOM Sessions. The workshops sessions will be announced by day and time, after receiving confirmation from the respective representative. In two days, we shall publish the plenary programme officially on the website, and you will be able to check it in your personal EMS accounts (module „OnVenue").

The program will be enriched with extremely interesting lectures by leading scientists in the fields of Earth and Planetary Sciences as well as Modern Green Sciences and do hope to be interested and knowledgeable for all of you. There will be no changes regarding the publishing process of the conference Proceedings, as well as in sending them for evaluation and indexation of the articles to all the most important databases.

We are at your disposal for any additional questions or need of assistance, we will answer you and help as soon as possible.

Looking forward to your upcoming presentations even from a distance!

Sincerely yours,

SGEM Vienna GREEN Programme Committee

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Time: Do the past, present, and future exist all at once?

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What is time?

Here, we are in front of the most perplexing philosophical question of all time. But what does that "of all time" actually mean? Do we suggest that something was happening back there in the past, which is done right now and we can only remember it? Or that it is still present somehow, not only in our minds but in the mysterious interwoven tissue of space-time? Or it is just an expression? Well, one thing is for sure, on that topic we can't really lean on science for a decisive answer. In fact, it is the scientific discourse that brought even more confusion or we can say perspectives to the question. There are many theories and most of them seem to be equally plausible. So what are your personal feeling about it? Do you believe that there is only the present moment or maybe you are eternalist? Here is a short video that will maybe shed a light on that enigmatic issue.

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