7 Nov

Future Medicine 2017

At “Future Medicine”, 80 rising stars of science and proven game-changers present in one day cutting-edge translational medicine.

Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131A, 10243 Berlin

Tagesspiegel and Berlin Institute of Health, together with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, will feature great visions of the future of medicine and an exceptional concentration of knowledge. 80 top scientists from leading Berlin institutions and international partners will present cutting-edge translational medicine in keynotes and 3-minute presentations at the second annual Future Medicine conference.

The four sessions of Future Medicine 2017 will be: Digital Health and Big Data, Precision Medicine and Predictive Models, Cell and Gene Therapies and Stem Cells and Human Disease Modeling.
Welcoming remarks will be made by Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research and Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Science Match is an innovative format for connecting science, business, society, media and new talent. Attracting up to 800 participants, the target audiences of this event are academics, young professionals, healthcare industry, venture capital, funding institutions and policy makers.

See all speakers here.

Public Talk on Social Impact: Empowering to Make a Difference

Unique gathering of passionate people with innovative outlooks on the world’s greatest challenges.

FORUM Factory, Besselstraße 13-14, 10969 Berlin

The social impact sector is full of passionate people with innovative outlooks on the world’s greatest challenges. Accordingly, it is crucially important to unite nonprofits and social enterprises with these leaders to share experiences and move the sector forward.

The primary goal of this international gathering is to bring together representatives of the world’s most innovative scientific institutions in Berlin. The conference will be dedicated to the dialogue between science and society. Its main task is to share some ideas on the topic of social innovations, and the prominent experts in this sphere will express their authoritative opinions regarding this.

The event will consist of three main blocks. The first one is representing statistics in charity, the second one contains three lectures, representing charity and social impact from different perspectives, and the last one is a social promo showcase and its further discussion.

Among the speakers, Thimo V. Schmitt Lord MBE, an innovation enthusiast and CEO at Bayer Foundation. He is interested in social innovations, impact investment and transfer of business excellence into the non-profit sector. Another one is Dr.Christoph Kaletka, who is a senior researcher and member of the management board at Sozialforschungsstelle, central scientific unit of TU Dortmund University. Moreover, one of the speakers is Alina Nosenko, the Director of the Klitschko Foundation, who will deliver the topic on trends in charity.

12th Berlin Debate on Science and Science Policy

Is Knowledge Losing Power? Towards a More Resilient Science System for the 21st Century

Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin

With the Berlin Science Debates, the Robert Bosch Stiftung offers a discussion platform for high-level representatives from science, politics and business. A closed forum permits experts to conduct open discussions about a socially relevant theme in science and exchange experiences. The focus is on identifying deficits and converting them into positive policy concepts and practical recommendations.

Soapbox Science

In this novel public outreach platform that promotes women scientists and transforms public spaces into arenas for learning and scientific debate, female scientists step on their soapboxes to tell you about the fascinating work they do.

Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz, Potsdamer Straße 4, 10785 Berlin

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Soapbox Science events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; they follow the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middle man, no powerpoint slide, no amphitheatre – just remarkable women in science who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask.

Soapbox Science is staging its second event in Berlin, this time as part of Berlin Science Week. If you’d like to see what Soapbox Science looks like in action, join us for talks on subjects ranging from structural biology and neuroscience to ecology and climate change. This event is co-sponsored by NeuroCure, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin, and the IGB Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in support of women in science.

Complexity Science for Fundamental Urban Challenges

This workshop will introduce new concepts of complexity & big data science with a special focus on challenges arising in the area of urbanization.

Representation of the European Commission in Germany, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin

The grand challenges of the 21st century are becoming increasingly ‘systemic’. Regional developments can cause global effects. In the context of climate change, unstable financial markets, or massive urbanization rates, undesirable developments can lead to extreme costs for society.

Such risks are scientifically not well understood and therefore cannot be managed strategically. The quantitative and predictive understanding of complexity is one of the grand challenges for science of the 21st century. There is evidence that the size of cities significantly affects factors such as health, communication, or opinion formation of people. Hence, how should cities be planned, built, and governed in an intelligent way? How can the immense data streams cities are producing be transformed into useful knowledge that can be used to develop a city in a sustainable, resilient, and resource-friendly way?

Circular Economy Talk – the Role of Economy, Politics & Start-Ups

The role of politics, the economy & start-ups in the transition towards a sustainable development.

ESCP Europe, Wirtschaftshochschule Berlin, Heubnerweg 8-10, 14059 Berlin

Today’s society is living beyond its means. Resources are finite and we urgently need to adjust our habits and ways of thinking. Closing the loop is essential. In order to reach this goal, regulatory frameworks and tools need to be established. While different players are working towards the goal of a Circular Economy, we will only suceed with a common vision and strategy. At our talk we will bring together representatives from economy, politics & start-ups to discuss the current status quo as well as next steps towards a circular economy.

Popularisation of the history of knowledge in pre-modern societies of Asia and Africa

A public discussion on the exhibition “Ibn al-Haytham – The Man who discovered how we see”.

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195, Berlin, Germany

Representatives for the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Institute of Greek and Latin Philology of the Free University Berlin, the Islamic Museum Berlin, and the Oriental Seminary of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg discuss the exhibition “Ibn al-Haytham – The Man who discovered how we see”, and the understanding of history, which is to be conveyed to school children in Berlin by engineers and physicians from Great Britain. They will also speak about their own research on the history of knowledge in Asia and Africa and the possibilities of popularizing it in collaboration with museums. They will answer questions from the audience. If possible, the short film of the exhibition on Ibn al-Haytham with Omar Sharif will also be shown.

Dagmar Schäfer, Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis, Martina Müller-Wiener, Ulrich Rebstock, Sonja Brentjes


Berlin Science Award

The 10th annual Berlin Science Award will be awarded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Rotes Rathaus, Jüdenstraße 1, 10178 Berlin

The Berlin Science Award (Berliner Wissenschaftspreis) honours and supports excellency in academia and research. One of its goals is to further economic development in Berlin, which is why practical application of research is an important criterion. The 40,000 € award benefits the institution in which the researcher has achieved excellency.

Along with the Berlin Science award, a young, up-and-coming researcher will also be awarded with a 10,000€ price. New research endeavours which strengthen Berlin’s position as a hub for science and innovation are promoted and honoured with this additional award.


Populism and the Pursuit of Dignity

Dilip Gaonkar explores the resurgence of populism across the globe in the twenty-first century.

Museum THE KENNEDYS, Auguststraße 11-13, 10117 Berlin

As demonstrated by Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, even the most steadfast democracies are not immune to the lures of populist movements.

In this talk, Dilip Gaonkar explores the resurgence of populism across the globe in the twenty-first century, covering a wide range of political and ideological positions, from progressive to conservative. He will also address the dismissive reactions that proponents of liberal democracy have when confronted with resurgent populisms, both historically and today. The view that populism is “mere rhetoric,” exclusionary, and bereft of social content, he contends, is both reactive and unproductive. Gaonkar argues instead that all populist movements invariably draw their normative force from the egalitarian impulse for equity and dignity.