3 Nov

The Challenge of Europe and the Role of the Universities

The 20th meeting of the Humboldt University Foundation will address the question of the contribution universities can and should make to enable Europe to emerge from its crisis and to become more future-oriented.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Hauptgebäude, Hörsaal 2094, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

The 20th meeting of the Humboldt Foundation is a special event since the foundation celebrates its 10th founding year. Therefore, it will address the question of the contribution universities can and should make to enable Europe to emerge from its crisis and to become more future-oriented. In addition to central research challenges, the focus is also on the role of private science funding in times of increasingly limited public financing.

Keynote Speech
“European Research Policy – Perspective 2030”,
Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of European Research Council, ERC, Brussels

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon will be joined on the panel by:
• Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
• Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General of VolkswagenStiftung, Hannover

Following the panel, there will be a Science Slam within the Berlin Science Week.

The Science Slammers are:
– Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau, Professor of Macrosociology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
– Prof. Dr. Jule Specht, Professor of Personality Psychology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
– Prof. Dr. Michael Brecht, Professor of Neurobiology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
– Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann, Professor at the Institute of Biology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
– Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Artemis Alexiadou, Professor of English Linguistics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

For registration please contact stiftung-humboldt@hu-berlin.de

Leibniz Lecture: Facts on Germany’s Wolves

In his talk, Prof. H. Ansorge delivers exciting insights into the life of Germany’s wolf population and shows how the Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz, an Institute of the Leibniz Association, conducts their research about wolves and humans.

Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin

Science & People: Is Truth Negotiable?

Is the concept of truth only a matter of opinion in the digital age? We will discuss how the Web influences public dialogue and manipulates political decisions in an interactive setting with exciting guests.

Telefónica Basecamp, Mittelstraße 51-53, 10117 Berlin

In today’s political discourse actors discredit each other more and more. People who strategically use terms such as “Fake News” and “Lügenpresse” implicitly claim to be on the side of truth. External parties spread distrust and by doing so try to influence election campaigns in Western countries. The confidence of society in the knowledge of experts and scientists is put to a test and seemingly decreasing. This trend is fostered and fueled by a short-lived internet culture and social media hype that focuses solely on entertainment.

But is this mistrust truly a new development boosted by recent events? Or has just been brought to the surface what was looming for a long time? And did “Fake News” influence the outcome of the German federal election in any way? At the Science&People event titled “Is truth negotiable?” we will take a look at these questions and try to find answers in an interactive setting.

The hashtag for this event is #scippl2017.

Demystifying Quantum

Researchers at ETH Zurich overcome the limits of classical technology and explore new vistas to use quantum mechanics for applications.

Musikbrauerei, Greifswalder Straße 23 a, 10405 Berlin

Modern computers are powerful machines, but they operate based on the laws of classical physics. But why restrict ourselves to classical laws? The world of quantum physics which is accessed in many experiments today offers a completely different set of laws and opportunities. This includes computing problems which cannot be performed on any classical supercomputers, such as structural calculations for materials and molecules. In physics, this could be applied to the design of advanced superconductors, while in chemistry it provides a new path to the development of industrial catalysts.

ETH Zurich features a diverse network of researchers in quantum technologies. On the hardware side this includes the realization of so-called quantum bits by ions, atoms, photons, superconductors or simply electron spins in semiconductors. These fundamental studies are connected to practical applications such as batteries or sound engineering. At this symposium, researchers from ETH Zurich will report about their research and connect it to the larger context of a “Quantum Technologies Flagship” which will be started by the EU next year.

The event will start at 5.30pm, doors will open at 5pm.

Open Lab Day at Fab Lab Berlin

Co-create with us at Fab Lab Berlin – A Meetup where technology and creativity merge into open innovation.

Fab Lab Berlin, Prenzlauer Allee 242, 10405 Berlin

We will open our doors at Fab Lab Berlin to all visitors of the Berlin Science Week. You will have the opportunity to learn more about our concept for open innovation.

We will start with a tour through our facilities, which include digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and many more alongside co-working space for freelancers and start-ups. We will give you background information on how we are trying to bring together innovation, collaboration and education into one space.

Additionally, you will have the chance to chat with our staff, members and other like-minded guests about the potential of the open-source movement and the future of distributed production in maker spaces such as Fab Lab Berlin.