1 Nov

Quantum Revolution is more than Schrödinger’s Cat: The Exhibit

The exhibition is a combination of an interactive introduction to the world of quantum mechanics and a display of real-life materials science experiments from labs that lay the groundwork for future quantum technologies.

Opening hours: Wed – Fri, Sun: 3pm – 6pm;  Sat: 12pm – 6pm

Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Hausvogteiplatz 5–7, 10117 Berlin

Quantum mechanics reveals that, at its core, the world is not as it seems – it is far more interesting.

Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics illustrates the excitement of research on quantum effects and showcases “Quantum: The Pop-Up Exhibition” developed by Canada’s Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.

A red thread of ‘elements for quantum computing’ will combine both parts and leads through the exhibition.

Registration is required for groups; please send an email to exhibition@pdi-berlin.de.



Evolutionary Biology – Appealing to the Populous

Art Science Exhibits, in partnership with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Faculty of Life Sciences, presents the Evolutionary Biology Exhibition, a showcase of perspectives on evolution science from artists worldwide.

Open on weekdays from 8 am – 8 pm.

Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften der HU, Invalidenstraße 42, 10099 Berlin

This large-scale art/science exhibition presents scientific ideas within fine art as a petition for species preservation. Featuring a wide-range of multimedia artworks providing numerous pathways for understanding, “Appealing to the Populous” also functions as an appeal for greater interaction between artists and scientific communities.
Featured artists span the globe from Japan reaching westward to New Zealand. Artworks ranging from robotics to indigenous sand-painting are displayed in 3d installations, 2d galleries, and video screenings.

Artist and curator mp Warming designed this exhibition for Thaersaal, the great hall of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Faculty of Life Sciences main building. The exhibition includes Warming’s artworks with discoveries on Hymenoptera by Dr Michael Ohl and Paleontology by Dr Dieter Korn, both scientists are faculty from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Curators at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Science Advisor Lukas Kirschey manages MfN’s Entomology Collection. All three scientists will speak as part of this compelling program.

For the complete schedule, including art openings, events, and annex location, visit www.artscienceexhibits.com/

Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See

Exciting educational experience designed to spark children’s interest in science, simplify theories of light and vision while promoting intercultural appreciation.

Boulevard Berlin, Schloßstraße 10, 12163 Berlin

From ancient Chinese thinker Mo’zi to Greek philosopher Aristotle, from Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham to European scholars Johannes Kepler and Roger Bacon…Great pioneers of past ages have helped us learn about the nature of light and how we perceive the world.

Join “Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” an anchor event of the Berlin Science Week at Boulevard Berlin to take a wondrous journey through the past following the extraordinary life of Ibn al-Haytham, the 11th century pioneering scientific thinker from Arabia, who made breakthroughs in understanding light, optics and vision. Experience a giant turban-shaped camera obscura, engage in fun demonstrations and watch a short film starring Omar Sharif. Activities are free for school children with their teachers, parents and families.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding this event which is part of a global initiative produced by ‘1001 Inventions’, a UK-based not-for-profit science and cultural heritage organisation, in partnership with UNESCO for the International Year of Light. The educational initiative engaged audiences around the world including in Paris, New York, Beijing and London.

Zurich Heart

Researchers from ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the German Heart Center Berlin present their vision for an artificial heart.

Musikbrauerei, Greifswalder Straße 23 a, 10405 Berlin

“Zurich Heart” is a visionary interdisciplinary flagship project of the University Medicine Zurich. The project aims at developing a fully implantable artificial heart.

In industrial nations, approximately 1-2% of the population suffers from severe heart failure summing up to 10 million people in Europe. Heart transplantation or the implantation of an artificial heart is the only treatment option for severe heart failure.

Nearly 20 research groups of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the German Heart Center Berlin and other partner institutions combine their synergies in a visionary approach to improve the contemporary ventricular assist devices. Innovative components for transcutaneous energy supply, improved surface materials to avoid thromboembolic complications, highly efficient and adaptive regulation and sensor technology as well as soft materials will be the essence of the “Zurich Heart”.

The event will start at 5.30pm, doors will open at 5.00pm.

Next Frontier Debate: Refugees with Résumés

A panel discussion on the conditions, opportunities, and problems of integrating refugees into the labour market.

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

Over the last few years, the number of people seeking asylum in Europe has sharply risen. Ever since, the question of how refugees can be permanently integrated into the host societies has been intensely debated in Germany. Besides the acquisition of the national language, integration into the labour market is regarded as one of the main means.

However, what employment prospects do refugees actually have? Are they the solution for the German economy that has been lamenting the shortage of skilled workers for years? Which sector is seeking refugees as workers? Where are the advantages, and where do the problems lie for the companies? What opportunities and obstacles do refugees face when taking up a professional activity? Can the labour market even accomplish the task of integration?

Based on the outlined questions the debate will present the academic findings of migration research on the integration of refugees in Germany and Europe. The debate will provide an insight into current research issues and findings, and will discuss their applicability in practice. Besides facts and perspectives, necessary measures and possible solutions will also be debated.

For registration please contact berlinscienceweek@hu-berlin.de.

The Constitution of European Democracy

Panel discussion with Dieter Grimm (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Yale Law School) and Mark Dawson (Hertie School of Governance).

Hertie School of Governance, Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin

There is little doubt that the European Union suffers from a democratic deficit that affects its legitimacy and acceptance with EU citizens. However, it is rarely noticed that this deficit finds its source in the state of European constitutionalism. The EU is over-constitutionalised, and the effect is a power shift from the democratically legitimised and accountable institutions to the executive and judicial bodies of the EU. In his new book, The Constitution of European Democracy (Oxford University Press), Dieter Grimm analyses the origins and consequences of this situation, and develops proposals for a reform of the institutional structure and the decision making process within the EU.

Science Slam in the Planetarium

Experiencing science as it unfolds: At the Science Slam young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are entertaining and easy to follow.

Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin

Experiencing science as it unfolds: At the Science Slam young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are entertaining and easy to follow. The scientists leave their laboratories and lecture halls to present the fundamentals of their own research projects at the planetarium. The important thing is not primarily the scientific outcome of their work, but to explain it in an understandable, entertaining and concise way. The audience is the judge and jury, using numbered cards for voting. At the end of the evening a winner is chosen.

2 Nov

International Dialogue on STEM

The “International Dialogue on STEM” will focus in various panel discussions and working groups on early childhood education in the domains of STEM, computer science, the arts, and education for sustainable development.

Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin Representative Office, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin

“What Skills and Abilities Do Children Need for a Worthwhile Future, and What Contribution Can We Make?” This question will be addressed by the “International Dialogue on STEM”. The international conference will take place under the auspices of the German Commission for UNESCO.

It will focus on early childhood education (for children between the ages of three and around ten) in the domains of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), computer science, the arts, and education for sustainable development. Participants from all over the world – scientists, practitioners, and policy makers – will have the opportunity to jointly reflect on domain-specific methods of outcome-oriented early education, to identify common interfaces, and to define future potentials.

Besides the Siemens Foundation, as the main cooperation partner, implementation support will be provided by the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Symposium on Social Sustainability

The symposium explores the concept of social sustainability from the perspectives of science and politics.

IASS, Kleist-Villa, Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam

The 2030 Agenda adopted by the UN in 2015 is the first such programme to systematically link social and ecological sustainable development goals (SDGs). And for the first time industrial nations are also called on to play their part in achieving the social SDGs. But to what extent do social and, in particular, sociopolitical modernisation objectives change when viewed through the sustainability lens? Is it even possible to speak of ‘social sustainability’, and what exactly is meant by that term?

Based on the recent study “Soziale Nachhaltigkeit. Auf dem Weg zur Internalisierungsgesellschaft” (Social Sustainability. Moving towards an Internalising Society) that the IASS commissioned from the Institute for Social Ecology (ISÖ), the symposium will address the following questions: What is the state of research on the relationship between the welfare regime and the environmental regime? How can aspects of social sustainability be measured? Can the concept of social sustainability contribute to greater transdisciplinarity in sustainability research? Can this concept contribute to the development of a new sociopolitical arena based on the SDGs and human rights?

Pairing Research Talks

Young researchers from the Einstein Center Digital Future present their research in the field of digitalisation in the form of short talks, after which they explore the interdisciplinary overlaps of their topics, and discuss these with the audience.

Einstein Center Digital Future, Wilhelmstraße 67, 10997 Berlin

Two young scientists, two digital topics and then just 15 minutes to pair their research: The PAIRING RESEARCH TALKS at the Einstein Center Digital Future is a new interdisciplinary format that will be launched during the Science Week 2017. The researchers explore different topics within the field of digitalisation, such as digital health, data security, wearable computing and the Internet of Things. Following the talks, the speakers will have the chance to discuss their research projects with the audience.

Registration is required, please send an email to info@digital-future.berlin.


Innovation in Healthcare
& Life Sciences

Insights about Innovation in Healthcare & Life Sciences. 

Data Space by SAP, Rosenthalerstr. 38, 10178 Berlin 

As part of the Berlin Science Week, the Data Space by SAP will give insights into Innovation in Healthcare & Life Sciences. Dr. Kai Sachs, Director Health Network at SAP Health Innovation Hub and Prof. Klemens Budde from Charité will present their joint MACSS (Medical Allround Care Service Solutions) Project.

Prof. Bertram Häussler, CEO at IGES Institute, will give a visionary keynote on the future of healthcare.

Entrepreneurship and Development Cooperation

Multi stakeholder panel discussion on the opportunities and potentials of startup ecosystems in the field of development cooperation.

enpact, Gleimstraße 50, 10437 Berlin

Entrepreneurship in development cooperation is currently one of the most promising discourses for sustainable development and economic growth in the developing world and emerging markets. After providing funding to states and large private companies, fostering entrepreneurship seems to be the third wave of development cooperation. By supporting local entrepreneurs and creating healthy startup ecosystem, economic growth is finally in the hands of local citizens.

But how does one effectively support an entrepreneurship ecosystem? What are the political framework conditions? And which investments are effective and really needed? Enpact’s Startup Meter uses indicators to measure gaps in startup ecosystems of cities in the developing world and emerging markets. This is one approach, but there are many more.

Discuss with us in a multi stakeholder panel with representatives from academia, politics, donor organizations and startups the opportunities and potentials of startup ecosystems in development cooperation.

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.

4 Nov

Quantum Revolution is more than Schrödinger’s Cat: The Discussion

This exchange is part of the ongoing exhibition “Quantum Revolution is more than Schrödinger’s cat” How much translation is necessary to make science accessible? Does Schrödinger´s Cat really help ?

Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Hausvogteiplatz 5–7, 10117 Berlin

The Discussion will start with two introductory talks on Quantum Computing (Dr. John Donohue, IQC Waterloo, Canada) and materials research for quantum devices (Prof. Dr. Henning Riechert, Director Paul-Drude-Institut). The panel of experts will discuss the concept of the exhibition showcasing a combination of two fundamentally different approaches to communicate science.

The Exhibition is open from 12-18:00 on Saturday.

Guided tours will be offered. Please send your request to exhibition@pdi-berlin.de.

6 Nov

Enterprise Fair: Digital Startup Ecosystem

Science meets Digital Entrepreneurship – Early Academics from across Europe meet decision makers of the startup ecosystem.

Spreewerkstätten, Am Krögel 2, 10179 Berlin

From health services, over chemical processes, publishing to programmatic advertising – digital technologies change our personal and professional life.
This change is largely enabled by entrepreneurs. In the Enterprise Fair: Digital Startup Ecosystem, postdocs from across Europe meet decision makers from the startup ecosystem in an intimate environment. They get in touch with founders, managers, investors, politicians, and researchers at this unique event.
From midday to midday, you will get in close contact with experts from startups, investment, research, politics, and industry.

No matter if you are doing your first step as an entrepreneur or if you already launched your research-based startup, we offer you workshops to learn more about successfully developing ideas into thriving ventures. Learn from successful cases of digital business and from fail-stories of experienced entrepreneurs. Extend your personal network with academics from Austria, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, and Scotland.

BIO-Europe 2017

BIO-Europe’s world-class workshops, panels and active exhibition along with thousands of prescheduled one-to-one meetings make this event an unrivaled forum for companies across the biotech value chain to meet and do business.

CityCube Berlin, Messedamm 26, 14055 Berlin

As Europe’s largest life science partnering conference, BIO-Europe® is singularly regarded as the annual “must attend” event. The conference brings together the world’s most innovative leaders across biotech, pharma and finance along with the most exciting emerging companies for high-level networking, pre-scheduled partnering meetings, strategic panel discussions, an active exhibition and more.

Delegates from all parts of the biotechnology value chain come to BIO-Europe to quickly identify, engage and enter into strategic relationships that drive their businesses successfully forward. Investment and collaboration opportunities developed in prior BIO-Europe conferences have produced many successful business partnerships. The conference features the industry’s most advanced web-based partnering system, partneringONE®, which enables participants to efficiently mine a large pool of potential partners and pre-arrange private one-to-one meetings with dozens of company targets. The BIO-Europe 2017 partnering event is expected to draw over 3,800 industry attendees, representing more than 2,000 companies from over 60 countries.

ESMT Open Lecture: What Happens When the Internet is Everywhere

The ESMT Open Lecture will discuss the social implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) and public attitudes towards an increasingly technological future.

ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will bring major change to people’s lives. Benefits include increased safety and convenience, greater self-knowledge, and extra leisure as smart agents take on more work. Challenges include less privacy, elimination of jobs, more social division, less human agency as algorithms rule things, a proliferation of abuses and cybercrimes, and an inability by humans and institutions to adjust to all the changes quickly enough.

Lee Rainie, director of the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center’s internet and technology department, will present findings from numerous studies he has led on the social implications of the IoT and public attitudes towards an increasingly technological future.

Catalysis for a Sustainable Future

Springer Nature, the publisher of Nature and Scientific American, marks the launch of its Berlin Nature Research office with a panel discussion on the role of catalysis in one of the 21st century’s major societal challenges: sustainability. Participants are invited to a reception afterwards.

Springer Nature, Heidelberger Platz 3, 14197 Berlin

Springer Nature, the publisher of Nature and Scientific American, marks the launch of its Berlin Nature Research office with a panel discussion on the role of catalysis in one of the 21st century’s major societal challenges: sustainability. Participants are invited to a reception afterwards to celebrate the arrival of the Nature Research brand in Berlin and the imminent launch of two new Nature Research journals: Nature Catalysis and Nature Sustainability

For registration please contact paneldiscussion@springernature.com

Managing the Digital Transformation

At the Berlin-Partner-Jour Fixe, decision-makers from the partner companies and scientific partners, as well as other exciting companies, meet for a network evening. Special theme is “Managing digital change”.

BSP Business School Berlin Hochschule für Management, Calandrellistraße 1-9, 12247 Berlin

Digitization is changing the economy and society. Terms such as industry 4.0, big data and artificial intelligence are increasingly used in a wide variety of fields. How does digitization change companies? What triggers digitization among executives and employees? How can digital transformation be managed? The Jour Fixe of Berlin Partner deals with management-specific and economic-psychological aspects of digital transformation. The BSP Business School Berlin heads the Mittelstand 4.0-Agentur “Kommunikation”, a project of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, which deals with overarching issues of digitization and industry 4.0, taking into account the needs of medium-sized businesses.

Experts from science and practice will be participating in the programme:
– Introduction
– Managing the Digital Transformationm
– How digitization changes organizations and what this has to do with your shoes
– Rethinking leadership! Challenges from everyday business life Dynamics and deceleration in management
– Notes from the couch

Registration is open until 27th October. Please contact netzwerk@berlin-partner.de and indicate your name, company, position and email address)

Science Beyond Borders – Science Festival

Join our festival “Science Beyond Borders” and enjoy science in poetry, design and performance!

Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin

Under the motto “Science Beyond Borders”, we invite everybody to join our science festival at the Museum für Naturkunde. Beyond borders to us means to think out of the box: How can science be seen from different perspectives? How is science connected with art? Is science art in itself? We are a group of enthusiastic young scientists – from infection biologists, psycholinguists, solar cell physicists, polar explorers, historians to deep-sea researchers.

We are happy to share our research with you! Connect with us in the cozy science lounge, take a look at beautiful art pieces of the “Beyond Curie” project and learn about „Knowledge Link through Art and Science (KLAS)”. Get inspired by our guests Dr. Sam Illingworth and Dr. Sascha Vogel, who will challenge the boundaries of science.

This event is organized by N² – the Network of Networks comprising Max Planck PhDnet, Helmholtz Juniors and Leibniz PhD Network. It is embedded in a conference that inspires young researchers to communicate their scientific findings to the public. Please look for “Public Event” on www.n2jointevent.de and register online. There will be a small admission fee of 5€ to cover refreshments in the evening.

Fokus@Helmholtz: Assistance Systems – Do we need Assistants in our Lives?

The series of events „Fokus@Helmholtz“ regularly brings together experts from research, politics and civil society to discuss socially relevant and current issues.

Telefónica Basecamp, Mittelstraße 51-53, 10117 Berlin

Politics and Propaganda in the Age of Social Media

Two talks held by faculty members of Indiana University and Freie Universität Berlin and a moderated discussion will explore “Politics and Propaganda in the Age of Social Media”.

Indiana University Europe Gateway, Gneisenaustraße 27, 10961 Berlin

Internet and social media have opened the gates for citizens to contribute to public debate and deprived journalists of their previously powerful gatekeeper role. In the early years of internet diffusion, science and politics discussed this development as a promising opportunity to empower citizens to participate in politics and make democracy work better. Meanwhile, after many suspected propaganda attacks and a spate of hate speech and incivility in social media, the dark side of this gatekeeper-less media world became apparent, too.

Martin Emmer (FUB) and John Paolillo (IU) will discuss how political content is transmitted and promoted on YouTube, contextualize the complex networks of propaganda and conspiracy, and explore potential remedies to the spread of hate-speech through social media. Martin Emmer will focus on the consequences of the digital transformation of public sphere for modern democracy and outline opportunities for dealing with problems like hate-speech and propaganda using the example of a new research project on hate-speech analysis at Freie Universität Berlin. John Paolillo will report on the current state of an ongoing large-scale multi-year project of content and social network analysis on YouTube. The researchers are observing two predominant streams of content, both dating back to YouTube’s early years: a broad entertainment genre with music and music videos at its center, and political content, with conspiracy theories, current events and news journalism as its focus. These streams are punctuated by changes in technologies, formats and external events throughout our 12-year reconstructed history of YouTube.

The Freie Universität Berlin – Indiana University joint speaker series aims at bringing together scholars from both institutions to discuss current topics of global politics, stir scientific dialogue and research initiatives and trigger public debate. This event will be moderated by Franzi von Kempis, Journalist and Social Video Expert.

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.

8 Nov

AcademiaNet Dialogue Forum

Networking event for AcademiaNet members.

Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin

With this event, the Robert Bosch Stiftung provides exclusive networking possibilities for AcademiaNet members. This year, Susanne Kilian, Coach for intercultural collaboration, will reflect on how to avoid misunderstandings within international projects and Sina Trinkwalder, founder and CEO of the textile company “Manomama”, will discuss how to overcome (career) obstacles.

UniLab – Learning Science in an Out-of-School Lab

Measuring elementary electric charge – a bilingual school science project.

UniLab Adlershof, Brook-Taylor-Straße 1, 12489 Berlin

The Humboldt University invites secondary school classes and their teachers to participate in a half-day science project at our out-of-school science lab. Students will run their own experiments in order to measure elementary electric charge. As year’s innovation, the Berlin Science Week project will be bilingual: While German will be the working language during experimentation, students will write their reports in English, the default language used in science research.

For registration please contact info@unilab-adlershof.de.

Falling Walls Venture

Falling Walls Venture is an international forum for outstanding science based start-ups, venture capitalists and strategic investors as well as their wider academic and business environment.

Britische Botschaft Berlin, Wilhelmstraße 70-71, 10117 Berlin

Falling Walls Venture is one of the highlights of the Falling Walls programme for entrepreneurs and innovators, focusing on innovative entrepreneurial solutions based on scientific research.

Twenty leading academic institutions and venture capitalists are invited to present their most outstanding science based enterprises to a broad audience and a distinguished jury in Berlin. Following a one-minute introduction by the recommending institution, each start-up presents its case in five minutes.

The winner is awarded the title „Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year“ and wins a slot on the grand stage at the Falling Walls Conference.

Falling Walls Lab

100 Labster from international Falling Walls Labs worldwide compete with their breakthrough ideas in the Falling Walls Lab Berlin Final to become “Young Innovator of the Year 2017” – in 3 minutes each.

Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

After a successful kick-off at the international Falling Walls Conference in 2011, the Falling Walls Lab as a challenging, fast-paced format was subsequently brought to numerous cities worldwide. The participants present their research work, business model or initiative to peers and a distinguished jury consisting of experts from academia, research institutions and business – in 3 minutes each. In 2017, 68 Falling Walls Labs took place in more than 50 different countries.

Each year, the most intriguing presenters of the international Labs travel to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin (Germany) on 8 November. 100 innovators receive the opportunity to present their work in front of a renowned jury and to attend the Falling Walls Conference, where they meet the world’s movers and shakers of science, business and policy making. The three winners of the Lab Finale in Berlin are awarded the title “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”. They receive a prize money and pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.

Digital Operations Executive Summit

Falling Behind or Frontiering: Where are we, and how can we accelerate the digital transformation? The Digital Operations Executive Summit is an exclusive working group of forward thinking executives sharing their insights and experience on accelerating the digital transformation.

AXICA Kongress- und Tagungszentrum GmbH, Pariser Platz 3, 10117 Berlin

Digitalization has been at the top of the C-suite agenda for years, and today digital strategies are more important than ever. The way companies create partner ecosystems, deal with IT legacies, and capitalize on decades of operationalization can slow down or accelerate a digital transformation. There is no better time than now for a company to review its achievements and plan how to move forward.

With this in mind, A.T Kearney’s third-annual Digital Operations Executive Summit focuses on the theme Falling Behind or Frontiering: Where Are We, and How Can We Accelerate the Digital Transformation? The summit brings together forward-thinking executives from some of the world’s most influential companies, market leaders, and digital champions to discuss opportunities for unlocking end-to-end benefits in digital operations.

This year’s agenda features e.g. inspiring contributions from ABB, Volkswagen, Isra Vision, Nokia, Microsoft, BSH, and Axel Springer. In addition, several start-ups will discuss disruptive solutions such as blockchain, production control, and end-to-end optimization. In case you are interested please reach out to Phillip Wessely (Phillip.Wessely@atkearney.com).

Falling Walls Circle

The Falling Walls Circle is an exclusive international meeting for decision-makers and leading strategists from science, business and politics, where participants exchange ideas and develop solutions for the most pressing global scientific issues.

Max Liebermann Haus, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin

The Falling Walls Circle is a part of the Falling Walls Conference, which takes place on 9 November 2017. The invitation-only meeting brings together about 60 presidents and CTOs of research organisations, science and technology driven global corporations, senior government officials, outstanding researchers and promising entrepreneurs.

The high-profile participants discuss crucial questions concerning the future of science policy and strategy. The format aims to engage and inspire peers and is a forum where inspiration is created through an open atmosphere. Complex problems can be explored, relationships built and new collaborations emerge with the goal to enable people to break down boundaries and have an impact on society.

This year’s Circle features the overall subject “Fake, Facts and the Future – Science, Business and Politics in the Post-Truth Era”.

Artificial Intelligence – Kaleidoscope of Possibilities

Artificial Intelligence is an umbrella term for a myriad of possibilities in our lives: Our panelists will provide insights into the wide scope of AI’s application ranging from research in adaptive systems to practical usage of data mining in opinion polling.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

A new wave of algorithmic issues has recently hit the news, bringing the AI into greater focus. Even within the next five to ten years  – AI’s progress has tremendous potential.

As part of the “Berliner MINT-Verbund Deutschlandstipendien”-programme, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is hosting the final ‘MINT-Lecture’. We will invite university researchers, entrepreneurs, students as well as experts in the field of AI to showcase their knowledge and provide the audience with a deeper understanding of Artificial Intelligence.

For registration please contact mint-lecture@hu-berlin.de.

Marthe Vogt Award

In a ceremony, the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. awards the “Marthe-Vogt-Preis” to a young excellent female scientist.

Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin

The award ceremony takes place at the Leibniz Association in Berlin-Mitte. Robert Schaddach, Member of Berlin’s House of Represantatives, gives the speech. The award winner presents her research clearly to a wide audience. Satumaa provides the musical frame with finnish tango. After the ceremonial act there will be a get together.

Every year since 2001, FVB has presented the Marthe Vogt Award worth € 3,000 to a young female scholar active in a field covered by one of the FVB institutes. The institutes’ fields of research include information and communication technologies, structural research, optoelectronics and laser research, microsystems technology, new materials, applied mathematics, molecular medicine and biology, veterinary medicine, biotechnology and environmental research.

For registration please contact preisverleihung@fv-berlin.de.


9 Nov

Falling Walls Conference

The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society.

RADIALSYSTEM V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin

The 20th anniversary of the end of a divided Europe marked the starting point for a new and unprecedented science conference: More than 20 outstanding researchers from around the world and a wide range of disciplines convene to showcase their scientific breakthroughs in their respective fields of research – in 15 minutes each. Inspired by the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall they are answering the question: Which are the next walls to fall? And how will that change our lives?

Speakers and subjects are rigorously reviewed in collaboration with leading research institutions. Topics range from medicine to high technology, from science to the humanities.

Key Governance Issues – Ways for the Future

During the symposium „Key Governance Issues – Ways for the Future,” senior international representatives from academia, business, and regulators will discuss key issues of corporate governance.

ESMT Berlin, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

After opening remarks by Prof. Jörg Rocholl, President, ESMT Berlin, and Prof. Christian Strenger, Director, Center for Corporate Governance, international experts from academia, business, and regulators will contribute their viewpoints to achieve results for advancing corporate governance.

Throughout the day, three different sessions will focus on specific areas: 1) Executive Compensation: Limits, Complexity and Say on Pay Issues; 2) Board Independence: the Quality Question and dealing with Insider Issues, and 3) Shareholder Identification and Voting Issues (Proxy).

The sessions will be moderated by Peter Montagnon, Associate Director, Institute of Business Ethics; George Dallas, Policy Director, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN); and Prof. Dr. Dirk Andreas Zetzsche, Universities of Düsseldorf and Luxembourg.

Does Coal Threaten the Global Energy Transformation?

The talk discusses the question why countries around the globe are still investing in carbon-intensive coal – despite the fact that renewables become increasingly cost-effective – as well as the resulting implications for the Paris Agreement.

Euref-Campus, Haus 19, Torgauer Straße. 12-15, 10829 Berlin

Changing the way we supply energy plays a key role for achieving he climate targets agreed in Paris. The power sector today relies heavily on fossil fuels, although low carbon alternatives are widely available. Despite recent cost reductions in renewable energy technologies and high growth rates in low carbon capacities, many countries still invest (or plan to invest) in carbon-intensive coal.

As coal fired power plants have a long economic life time, those operating and currently under construction are expected to emit 240 Gt of CO2 to the atmosphere. Achieving the Paris targets can be translated to a carbon budget of around 700 Gt CO2. Hence, remaining below the budget requires a gradual phase out from coal – and a full phase out of new investments. This deep transformation is unprecedented in history.

Yet, a shift in investment patterns does not seem to be at the horizon as growth rates of new coal investments and coal use are still positive. This talk will discuss reasons why countries and companies invest in coal and how a transformation away from coal could be incentivized and managed.

For registration please contact mcc-presse@mcc-berlin.net.

Robotic Surgery – Challenges and Opportunities for Medical Education

The conference creates a platform for interdisciplinary discussions between physicians, clinic managers and university professors on robotic surgery – a revolutionary and fast spreading medical tecnology for a broad range of surgical interventions.

Embassy of Hungary, Unter den Linden 76, Berlin, Germany

16.00 Uhr
Welcome and Introduction
Botschafter S. E. Dr. Péter Györkös, Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfred Holzgreve, President Dennis-Gábor-Society, Prof. Dr. Ildikó Rita Dunay, Vice President Dennis-Gábor-Society

16.10 Uhr
Significance of robotic-assisted surgery in Head and Neck Surgery: Medical indications, Barriers, Added Value and Perspectives
PD Dr. med. Balazs B. Lörincz, Ph.D., Chief Physician, Head and Neck Surgery Asklepios Klinik Altona

16.30 Uhr
International Concepts in surgical Education at Semmelweis University
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. György Wéber, Head of Experimental and Undergraduate Surgical Training at Semmelweis University, Budapest

16.50 Uhr Break

17.00 Uhr
Perspectives of robotic surgery – point of view of a manufacturer of medcial technology
Stefan Kürbis, W.O.M. – World of Medicine GmbH, Senior VP Global HR & Innovation Management

17.20 Uhr
After over 200 Interventions with da Vinci(R) – Capabilities vs. Patient benefit
Dr. med. Dipl.-oec. Colin M. Krüger, MBA, Chief of Surgical Dept., Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf

17.40 Uhr
Panel discussion – Future of Surgery: Realistic potential under the aspect of technological possibilities and patient benefit

R.S.V.P. until 31 October 2017  robotik@immanuel.de

Next Frontier Debate: At the Melting Point

A heated debate about global warming and how the 2°C climate target can be achieved in a just and sustainable way.

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

The effects of climate change have long become perceptible: melting of the poles, increase in extreme weather conditions, droughts, and floods. Human beings are the cause for this, artificially fuelling the earth’s natural greenhouse effect with their consumption of resources.

At the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries signed a global climate agreement for the first time. It provides for limiting global warming to a maximum of 2° C above pre-industrial levels.

There is no simple answer to how this target can be reached. The complexity of the problem rather necessitates bringing different approaches together. As part of the Next Frontier Debate scientists from various disciplines and practitioners will discuss the current state of research, its applicability, and prospects.

Representatives of the Integrative Research Institute IRI THESys at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and the German Climate Consortium will take part in the debate.

For registration please contact berlinscienceweek@hu-berlin.de.



Green Alley Award 2017 – Pitch Event

Six start-ups pitch their ideas concerning the Circular Economy as part of the Green Alley Award, a European business competition.

betahaus, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969 Berlin

Landbell Group is hosting the Green Alley Award for the fourth time – a European start-up competition for innovative business models tackling the challenges of the Circular Economy.

On the 9th of November, the Pitch Event is held in Berlin where six finalists present their business ideas in the area of waste and recycling. The pitch will be concluded with an award ceremony and a networking event.

10 Nov

Symposium: The Second Quantum Revolution

The Second Quantum Revolution is a Wilhelm-and-Else-Heraeus symposium held in honour of the visionary and pioneering work of Alain Aspect.

French Embassy, Pariser Platz 5, 10117 Berlin

The symposium will be held in honour of Alain Aspect for his pioneering contributions in the field of quantum optics. It will bring together – for one day at the French Embassy in Berlin – highly motivated young scientists and students mainly from Germany and France as well as world-leading scientists, amongst them three Nobel laureates.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for these young scientists to engage with pioneers. Their presentations and the following discussions will focus on those scientific findings and breakthroughs that led to „The Second Quantum Revolution“. Its far-reaching scientific and technological implications will largely be discussed.

CTO Roundtable

The CTO Roundatble is a platform connecting representatives of German academic and research institutions with decision-makers of leading German companies focusing on R&D.

Haus der Commerzbank, Pariser Platz 1, 10117 Berlin

The main aim of the CTO Roundtable is to foster exchange and elaborate shared goals in public and private research in Germany. The invitation-only meeting, held twice annually, connects representatives of German academic and research institutions with decision-makers of leading German companies focusing on R&D.

The discussion focuses on current challenges and future opportunities in academia and industry in a roundtable format, including a wide spectrum of topics ranging from quantum technologies through digital healthcare to artificial intelligence. The CTO Roundtable joins the fascinating row of events of the Berlin Science Week for the first time.



Adlershofer Forschungsforum 2017

The Adlershofer Forschungsforum is an annual conference for knowledge exchange and communication between stakeholders in science and business at Berlin Adlershof.

Erwin Schrödinger Center, Rudower Chaussee 26, 12489 Berlin

The Adlershofer Forschungsforum presents highlights of research in Adlershof and brings together scientists and business representatives. This year we are looking forward to talks of reknowned scientists and entrepreneurs, the top three of Falling Walls Lab Adlershof and a poster show with young scientists. The keynote speech will be held by Nobelprize Winner Prof. W.E. Moerner, Stanford University.

Research in Germany: An Insight Day

The 100 Falling Walls Lab Finalists 2017 visit the Science Park Potsdam-Golm to discover the German science landscape.

Science Park Potsdam-Golm, Am Mühlenberg 11, 14476 Potsdam

The 100 Falling Walls Lab Finalists from all over the world spend a day at the Science Park Potsdam-Golm.

After a short introduction of the leading scientific institutions in Germany, they explore the campus and get to visit institutes like the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, University of Potsdam Faculty of Science, GO:INcubator, and Max Planck Institutes for Gravitational Physics, of Colloids and Interfaces and of Molecular Plant Physiology.

The excursion, organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), aims to foster scientific collaboration and exchange between Germany and the rest of the world

Bohlmann Lecture: Catalysis for Synthesis

This year’s Bohlmann Lecture is given by Professor Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung at Mülheim an der Ruhr, on the topic of “Catalysis for Synthesis – Concepts and Scrutiny”.

Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Chemie, Straße des 17. Juni 115, 10623 Berlin

This year’s Bohlmann Lecture is given by Professor Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung at Mülheim an der Ruhr. Professor Fürstner will speak about the topic of “Catalysis for Synthesis – Concepts and Scrutiny”.

As part of the event, the Schering Prize 2016 will also be awarded for outstanding dissertations in chemistry. The Bohlmann Lecture and Schering Prize are financially supported by the Schering Foundation.

Albatross – A Film by Chris Jordan

Albatross is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy.

Julia Stoschek Collection, Leipziger Straße 40, 10117 Berlin

Albatross is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. Albatross walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on earth. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, albatross takes viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

Science in the Dinosaur Hall – Playing Hogs and the Science of Animal Welfare

An exciting lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. Matthias Gauly, veterinarian and livestock researcher.

Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin

Wissenschaft im Sauriersaal – Playing hogs and the science of animal welfare.
The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Schering Foundation invite you to let yourself be carried away into the fascinating world of science in the ambience of the Sauriersaal. Afterwards we invite you to visit the exhibition. Admission is free.

Registration required: http://bit.ly/2fwQMry
Please note that the booking is open four weeks prior to the event. A prior registration is not possible. Unfortunately, registrations by e-mail can not be considered.

13 Nov

Salon evening: Performing yourself?

The Komische Oper Berlin and the Schering Stiftung host an evening salon discussion on the topic of “self-presentation in everyday life,” featuring renowned scientists and artistic interventions.

Behrenstraße 55-57, 10117, Berlin, Germany

Theory meets entertainment and art meets science. Once again this opera season, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Schering Stiftung organize four evening salons with renowned scientists. In conjunction with the opera’s season program, the salons explore topics that are of interest to both science and the world of opera. A relaxed discussion atmosphere and a variety of discussion formats and artistic interventions turn the foyer of the Komische Oper Berlin into a twentyone-century salon. The first salon of the series is about self-presentation in everyday life which is one of the anthropological constituents of human life: The powerful have always presented themselves as powerful, the rich as rich, the young as young, the religious as religious. Does self-presentation happen according to predefined rules? What about self-presentation today – in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Does it experience a new boom because of social media? Guests will be Prof. em. Dr. Gunter Gebauer (FU Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Engler (Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, Berlin).

14 Nov

Joint Professorships at TU Berlin

Elevator pitches, roundtable discussions and graphic recordings. The University has created a stage for its professors with its new series of events “Professorships at TU Berlin – United for Science”. What links the participants? In addition to their professorships at TU Berlin, they are all academics with managerial roles in organizations such as the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association or the Leibniz Association.

"Lichthof", Main Building, TU Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

Elevator pitches, roundtable discussions and graphic recordings. The University has created a stage for its professors with its new series of events “Professorships at TU Berlin – United for Science”. What links the participants? In addition to their professorships at TU Berlin, they are all academics with managerial roles in organizations such as the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association or the Leibniz Association. TU Berlin has 70 cooperation agreements with currently more than 50 jointly-appointed professorships. During this opening event, the participating professors present their research profiles in four-minute mini-interviews and pitches. The concluding roundtable discussions provide an opportunity for everyone present to join in an open exchange of ideas. The event, moderated by science journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda, will be captured in illustrated form using graphic recorders.

15 Nov

Berlin Science Communication Day: A one-day creative retreat

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin brings international science communicators from different insitutions and countries together to work intensively on global challenges and new formats of science communication.

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Budapester Straße, Berlin
17 Nov

Science Hack Day Berlin

Your favorite Hackathon of the year is happening again – this year at TU Berlin.

Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin

Science Hack Day Berlin will take place on the weekend of 17 – 19th November 2017. Like every year, we will expect to welcome about 80-100 developers, designers, engineers, scientists, artists and enthusiasts to work together for an intense weekend of interdisciplinary collaboration and rapid prototyping. We will also have a bunch of exciting lightening speakers to feed you with the weirdest ideas.

Registration opens in October 2017.

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.