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.

Green Economy Conference 2016

The conference on the transformation of the German economy.

Hauptstadtrepräsentanz der Deutschen Telekom, Französische Straße 33a-c, 10117 Berlin

Is Germany on the path to becoming a world leading Green Economy, or is it falling behind other nations? A commission of experts has devised a set of recommendations for the German Federal Government, to set the economy and society on a sustainable course.

In order to discuss these recommendations and to initiate new cooperations for sustainable management, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) invite you to the Green Economy Conference 2016.

In a series of workshops, using concrete issues from the fields of production, consumption, and the financial sector, experts from economics, science, politics, and from non-governmental organisations will be discussing ways in which players and stakeholders can become more involved in implementation, how political frameworks should be designed, and which research topics have the highest priority.

For all times and all cultures! The new International System of Units

Lecture of Prof. Dr. Joachim Ullrich, President, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Fraunhoferstraße 11-12, 10587 Berlin

For now, we are still told what a kilogram is by a small metal cylinder locked away in a safe somewhere near Paris. And for the unit of electric current, we need to imagine two infinitely long and infinitely thin conductors running parallel to each other. Such definitions will, however, soon be a thing of the past – the International System of Units is on the verge of experiencing radical change. In future, all measurements will be based on a small set of selected natural constants such as the speed of light and the elementary charge. The units will then be universal, in the literal sense of the word: in principle, it will be possible to apply them throughout the entire universe. To put it simply, even a Martian could then understand what a kilogram is. When will this “cultural revolution” take place? In the autumn of 2018, the revised system of units will be signed and sealed by an international conference in Paris.

Marthe Vogt Award 2016

Presentation of the Marthe Vogt Award to Dr. Mira Schedensack (29), a highly talented young mathematician.

Haus der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin

Her doctorate supervisor warned the young mathematician Mira Schedensack against this topic. Nonetheless, she did research on new methods for computational mechanics – and astounded the experts. The reviewers are in complete agreement: Her Ph.D. thesis is actually worth four doctorates and a postdoctoral qualification. Now the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. honours Mira Schedensack with the Marthe Vogt Award.

As undergraduate student, Mira Schedensack had already caught the experts’ eyes. She had been invited to the keynote at the MFO, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics – the Olymp of mathematics, where usually only the most renowned scientists are allowed to deliver lectures. Following Mira Schedensack’s lecture, everybody in Oberwolfach spoke about the most important results regarding the finite element method since the 70s.

The Marthe Vogt Award includes prize money of 3,000 euros. As part of the festive award presentation ceremony, the president of the Humboldt University of Berlin, Professor Sabine Kunst will give the celebratory speech.

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Science Slam

Science Slam is a science communication format where young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are easy to follow and afterwards the audience gets to vote.

Lido Club, Cuvrystraße 7, 10997 Berlin

A Science Slam is a science communication format where young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are easy to follow and afterwards the audience gets to vote. The important thing is not primarily the scientific outcome of their work, but to explain it in an understandable, entertaining and concise way. Science Slams take place outside the university or lecture halls and instead in cultural centers, theaters or clubs, usually in the evening. So, in a Science Slam, the scientists leave their ivory tower and become a part of popular culture.