Tafel 1: Germany: University Nation
Tafel 2: 425 Universities
Tafel 3: 2.7 Million Students
Tafel 4: …and very different approaches.
"Welcome to our Science Slam, this evening... "
Dr. Julia Offe, Organizer:
"Science Slams have spread to almost every German university town."
„He's a cognitive neuroscientist, you could call him a brain researcher."
Dr. Julia Offe, Organizer:
"It kind of developed from Poetry Slams, because it's a challenge of course, to present your scientific subject on stage in such a short time, just ten minutes."
"And when I take a look outside, I see the world in a very different way. I think: yes, nuclear fusion, fascinating, we couldn't live without it."
"Take this for example: a white background with black spots. Is that right? Exactly. But let me show you, you see, it's a black and white photo, a cow."
Dr. Julia Offe, Organizer:
"I think you can explain any subject, none is too difficult or special."
"I'll just show you how an accelerator works..."
Dr. Julia Offe, Organizer:
"I think you have to enjoy the limelight, and you have to be really into your subject, you have to love it... "
Marc Wenskat, Physicist, DESY Hamburg:
"You see I used to get really bad grades in physics, and so I dropped it. I know that feeling, physics is kind of interesting, but you don't really understand it. During my studies I realized that I've developed a good sense of when I can convey my understanding of a subject, and who isn't good at it, and then I started to explain things in a way that is entertaining and hopefully also comprehensible... "
"A simple child can see nine dolphins here. Nobody doubts that there are nine dolphins here. For a computer that's just a phase. I don't know what YOU see there..."
Dong-Seon Chang, Cognitive Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute
"In 2013 I organized a Young Scientists Conference for Max-Planck, and we were looking for a format where we could present science subjects quickly and understandably, and in a fun way, to a very broad interdisciplinary public. And the Science slam was the best format we found, and after that I started doing it myself too."
Dr. Julia Offe, Organizer:
"You can't just talk about thinks like black holes because they're cool, it really has to be your own subject, and anybody who is researching at university level can get up on stage here and present their subject."