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.

STATE Festival

Festival for Open Science, Art and Society

Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin
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Berlin’s STATE Festival for Open Science, Art and Society returns after its successful launch in 2014 with a 2016 second edition, continuing the interdisciplinary platform of investigation between scientists, artists and the curious public. Under the theme of ‘STATE OF EMOTION – The Sentimental Machine’, the festival will offer a view into the current state of emotions research and resulting technologies, tapping into the essence of what it means to be human. Topics range from historical aspects of the science of emotions, to the philosophical and socio-political questions arising from current developments in affective computing and surveillance as well as recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience, experimental psychology and AI. The program presents scientific talks, panel discussions, thematic films, artworks and performances. Workshops and interactive experiences offer opportunities for engagement and exploration and help fuel the investigational environment between researchers, creatives and the interested public alike.

Festival pass required and for purchase

Financial Stability Conference 2016

How to fix the Deficiencies in the EU Financial System? Bank-State-Nexus, Business Models and the missing Level Playing Field – 4th joint conference on bank regulation and financial reforms in the EU

ESMT Berlin, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Deutschland
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Eight years after the financial crisis the European banking sector remains in part fragile. Slow growth, zero interest rate, troubled assets, lacking consolidation and distorted competition bear risks to financial stability in the EU. In particular, the hazardous interdependency between states and banks is not solved, despite BRRD and Single Resolution Mechanism in force. One crucial aim of last year’s regulatory reforms has not been realized: To clean-up and achieve a more level playing field for financial institutions in the EU. The Banking Union is still missing a testing of bail-in, and in politics national interests prevail. One central question of the conference is how we shall practice financial reforms and fix deficiencies as well as trade-offs in the new regulatory architecture. The discussants will critically question proposals and settings by asking how they may work, if they are sufficient and adequate under the prevailing conditions, and what else should be done to achieve a level playing field with a sound and diverse financial sector serving real needs.

The conference is a public discussion event, but participation is restricted on confirmed registration by Financial Risk and Stability Network.

Make Me a Hummingbird of Words: Salvos into the World of Micro-Memoirs

In a presentation that is part craft talk and part reading, Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly shares strategies that inform her forthcoming book “Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs”.

American Academy in Berlin, Am Sandwerder 17, 14109 Berlin
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In a presentation that is part craft talk and part reading, Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly shares strategies that inform her forthcoming book “Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs” (W. W. Norton). In today’s increasingly heterogeneous landscape, cross-genre works that blend inheritances from multiple literary parents have a new urgency and popularity. Combining the extreme brevity of poetry yet hewing to the truth-telling of creative nonfiction, Fennelly’s micro-memoirs allow us to consider questions of genre while delighting in a form that, like a hummingbird, stuns with its speed and ingenuity.