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.

The Evolution of Medicine to Evolutionary Medicine

The goal of the symposium on Nov 10th is to showcase new ideas and discovieries that use evolutionary biology to solve problems in medicine and public health, and to encourage new connections between those with an interest in evolutionary medicine.

Department of Sport and Science (Building 11), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philippstr. 13, 10115 Berlin

The German research system in Theory and Practice

Presentation of several players in the German research system and visit of the Berlin Adlershof Science Park

Technologiepark Berlin Adlershof

The DFG seeks to present the German research landscape to those participants who are invited to the Falling Walls Lab on 8th November 2016. The goal is to strengthen the role of Germany as an attractive partner in scientific cooperation. In the first part of the event several organizations from the German science landscape will insight into their goals and role. During the second part the group will visit some of the research institutes at Adlershof.

Fab Lab Berlin meets Neil Gershenfeld

The creator of the Fab Lab movement will visit its Berlin incarnation and discuss the present and future of Fab Labs in Germany and the rest of the world.

Prenzlauer Allee 242, 10405 Berlin

On November 10th,  Fab Lab Berlin welcomes Neil Gershenfeld. Fab Lab Berlin is an open digital fabrication studio and hence part of the global Fab Lab movement that was initiated by Neil Gershenfeld. After a quick tour through the lab, some German Fab Labs and Neil Gershenfeld will meet for an exchange of experiences and ideas related to the global maker movement.

Workshop on Quantum Technologies

The Quantum Technologies (QT) flagship is an initiative launched by the European Commission with the ambitious objective of placing Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution currently unfolding worldwide.

Harnack-Haus, Ihnestr. 16-20,14195 Berlin

The Quantum Technologies (QT) flagship is an initiative launched by the European Commission with the ambitious objective of placing Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution currently unfolding worldwide. The initiative, with a planned budget of €1 billion spanning a 10 year period  starting in 2018, aims at bringing transformative advances to science, industry and society. It will create new commercial opportunities, address global challenges, provide strategic capabilities for security and seed as yet unimagined technologies for the future.

In order to receive informed recommendations for the future flagship, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger appointed a High Level Steering Committee (HLSC) consisting of renowned experts in the field coming from both industry and academia. The HLSC has already started its work and aims at consolidating input from the QT community, in a process organized by the QUTE Europe network, which will gather all the contributions and will present them at a workshop planned for the 10th November in Berlin; the outcome of this workshop will serve as the basis for delivering to the European Commission a proposal for the flagship’s research agenda, governance structure and implementation model.

Artificial Intelligence and the Brain

A series of two presentations on Artificial Intelligence and its application to Neuroscience.

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philippstr. 13, Haus 6, 10115 Berlin

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most promising technologies to have recently emerged. In a first talk, Prof. Jack Gallant (UC Berkley) will present his work on using AI techniques to decode brain activity. The presentation will cover our current understanding of how sensory information is represented across the human cortex, a knowledge which could allow us to “read” from someone’s brain. This will be followed by a cautionary talk by Prof. Toby Walsh (UNSW) on the limits of AI, including the possibility for consciousness in AI and the common held fear of machines taking over as the dominant species on the planet.

The event is funded by the GRK 1589 “Sensory Computation in Neural Systems”.

Cinescience: “The Life of Cows”

The film “The Life of Cows” lights up the growing power of science on animals life and shows the development of relations between people and animals throughout history.

Auditorium der Französischen Botschaft, Wilhelmstraße 69, 10117 Berlin

Film by Jean-Christophe Ribot, Nathalie Barbe and Audrey Mikaëlian
A coproduction from ARTE France and Bonobo Productions France 2016, 52 min, preview showing
on ARTE 3.12.2016 at 9.45 pm.

Nowadays, it is possible to adapt cows to human needs and requirements. The “low consumption” cow is more efficient and is less consuming. The “health” cow is more resistant against diseases and the “export” cow is dedicated to global intensive animal farming. In order to produce the ideal farm animal, we are now able to influence cows sexual behavior and therefore influence their genetics.

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Next Frontier Debate: Quantum Theory as the Crux of the Matter?

A panel discussion on the state of the art in quantum research, differing approaches, and an outlook on future developments

TAT - Tieranatomisches Theater (Philippstraße 12/13), entry by Luisenstraße 56, 10115 Berlin

To most people ‘quantum’ simply means: It’s complicated. To most scholars in the field it means: It’s a strange theory nobody would have come up with. But empirical evidence forced us to develop quantum theory. Quantum theory deals with the question of how basic things work. What is the core of everything? Is it small particles or are all things energetic waves or as quantum theory suggests: something of both. This is quite disturbing, because we know the visible world as consisting of things and not waves.

Hence, quantum theory is not only complicated it comes with the promise that if we understand and master quantum mechanics, we will be able to control the way nature works.

Starting from this point, new materials, new forms of computing and new possibilities become thinkable.

The main idea of quantum theory is the explanation of how our physical world works and how we could possibly intervene and regulate things. But it is indeed complicated! How does the quantum – wavy – level connect with the level of more “lumpy things” – like for example cells or other entities? How can we design smaller but stronger materials? Can we build faster computers? Or is beaming possible?

The panel will give a brief insight into the state of the art in quantum theory, current fields of research, and will address applied techniques already in use, as well as perspectives and future outcomes.

With the three panelists Prof. Dr. Birgitta Whaley (University of California, Berkeley), Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer (Max-Born-Institut and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), three international experts in different fields of quantum research with different perspectives on the research subject will discuss possibilities and dead ends in current research.

Translation into real-time captioning (german) will be provided.

New antibiotics – What are our chances in the race against bacterial infections?

Panel discussion on current challenges in antibiotic research.

Festsaal der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

Antibiotics have saved many lives. However, these wonder weapons of medicine are becoming blunt and multi-resistant pathogenes become increasingly common. They could cause a global health crisis. More than 700.000 deaths worldwide were already caused by antibiotics that are not effective anymore. Doctors, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, licensing authorities and politicians need to work together to battle this problem. It’s high time for the development of new antibiotics and alternatives in the race against bacteria.

Discussion participants: Hermann Gröhe, Bundesminister für Gesundheit, Petra Gastmeier, Leiterin des Instituts für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin am Campus Benjamin Franklin Rolf Müller, Geschäftsführender Direktor des Helmholtz-Instituts für Pharmazeutische Forschung Saarland (HIPS), Leiter der Abteilung Mikrobielle Naturstoffe Wolfgang Plischke, Senatsmitglied der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft und ehemaliges Vorstandsmitglied der Bayer AG.

Science&People #4: Open Innovation

„Science&People“ is a joint pilot project of Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Fraunhofer-Verbund IUK-technologie, Wissenschaft im Dialog and Elsevier. The aim is to establish an open exchange among scientists, researchers, and the interested public, and promote a sustainable dialogue between attendees. The evening is dedicated to the topic “Open Innovation”.

The Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin