The first Berlin Science Week 2016 brought together excellent academics and leading scientific institutions from all over the world in Berlin. 38 talks, conferences, panel discussions, festivals, award ceremonies and other formats took place at various locations in Berlin and Potsdam and more than 6000 participants - experts and interested audience - attended the 25 public and 13 invitation-only events.

Tuesday Talk – The Cultural Affordances of Climate Fiction

The talk explores climate change narratives in contemporary fiction and film.

Institute For Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam
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The talk explores the cultural work of literary and screen media in shaping and reflecting popular notions of anthropogenic climate change. In her research as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Julia Leyda is inquiring into the recent proliferation of climate change narratives in fiction and film, as well as the media and academic conversations about them. The talk introduces the concept of climate fiction (Cli-Fi) and its origins, uses, and primary features. Film and Television Studies professor Leyda will then outline two case studies. The first focusses on Cli-Fi’s representations of politics. It examines the Norwegian TV series Okkupert and the US-Canadian comics series We Stand on Guard as examples of popular culture texts that portray future political crisis as outcomes of climate change. Her second case study uncovers the ways in which climate change serves as a subtext in several contemporary TV series, including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Daredevil.

Queen’s Lecture: King Richard III: the resolution of a 500 year old mystery

This year’s Queen’s Lecture is a talk by Dr Turi King (University of Leicester) about the DNA analysis involved in the Richard III project.

Technische Universität Berlin, Auditorium Maximum, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin
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In August 2012, the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, began one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost grave of King Richard III. The last English king to die in battle.

When the University of Leicester Archaeology Service undertook the Grey Friars project, it was thought that the chances of finding the remains of Richard III were slim to none. Nevertheless, Turi King, with her background both in archaeology and genetics, was approached in the very early stages – should the skeletal remains of a ‘good candidate’ to be Richard III be found, would she be interested in overseeing the DNA analysis. She was and led the international research team which provided overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester indeed represents the remains of King Richard III, thereby closing what is probably the oldest forensic case solved to date.

At this year’s Queen’s Lecture, Turi King will speak about the Grey Friars project, from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results of the various strands of analysis carried out on the remains and modern DNA obtained from a straight descendant of Anne of York, Richard III’s eldest sister.

Registration for this event will be possible from 10 October.