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Science Slam

Do you enjoy presenting your findings from the library and lab? Would you like to discuss your research with someone other than your colleagues and roommates?

At the Research Academy Science Slam, junior scientists present their research or dissertation project in 10 minutes or less to a mostly non-specialist audience. The presentations are judged based on their scientific content as well as on their comprehensibility and entertainment value. At the end of the event, the audience votes on the winner.

The event, organized by the Research Academy Leipzig, gives junior scientists the opportunity to develop and practice two essential skills: making science accessible to the general public and communicating their research findings to a broad audience.

 



Past Science Slams

Eighth Science Slam on 19 April 2018

Eighth Science Slam on 19 April 2018

Seventh Science Slam on 26 April 2017

Seventh Science Slam on 26 April 2017

Photo: Swen Reichhold

We could count two winners at the Science Slam on the Doctoral Researcher’s day 2017! Benjamin Korth (Environmental microbiologist, UFZ) und Alexander Bergmann (biology didact, Uni Leipzig) got an equal points score and applause. Therefore they share the prize of the „Golden Megaphone“. What they don’t have to share ist he first prize: kreuzer – The Leipzig Magazine sponsors an 'Abo deluxe' for each winner.

Benjamin Korth convinced the audience with the interrelation of electrochemistry and beer, whereas Alexander Bergmann provided insights into biological didactics and teenage slang.

The other candidates only narrowly missed out on the title – they were also brilliant! - Slammer: Felix Weiske (electrical engineering, HTWK Leipzig), who explained artificial intelligence with Teletubbie-Waving, Anne-Céline Granjon (biologist, MPI EVA), who analyses "Poop" of mountain gorillas  and thus contributes to conversation, Pau Vilimelis Aceituno (mathematician, MPI MIS), who slammed about the collection of space junk and symphatical robots as well as Robert Aust (educationalist, Uni Leipzig), who persuaded with a plea for the educational benefits of computer games.

A big thanks to all the slammers, to our morderator Mike Webster as well as to pur wonderful audience!

Sixth Science Slam on 8 October 2015

Sixth Science Slam on 8 October 2015

Photo: Swen Reichhold

The 2015 Science Slam, sponsored by the Research Academy Leipzig, the Council of PhD Candidates at Uni-Leipzig, and HTWK Leipzig, was held on 28 October and the “Golden Megaphone” went to computer scientist Nils Rexin (HTWK).

With his contribution “My Love Letter to Eleanor”, Nil Rexin beat out the other five junior scientists. Haiko Schlögel, a medical student, took second place with his presentation about how the brain regulates hunger, using Homer Simpson as the example. Third place went to the chemist Claudia Wöckel, who slammed about foundational research in biomass combustion.

The following junior scientists presented their research:

  • Nils Rexin:  “My Love Letter to Eleanor”
  • Anne-Coralie Bonnaire: “How I discovered Europe on TV”
  • Haiko Schlögl: “Homer’s brain and the hunger”
  • Fiona Moutsa: "Gender equality: The ambrosia of Greek advertising"
  • Claudia Wöckel:  “From Biomass to fuel: A spectroscopic study”
  • Heiko Engelhardt: “Spoon-bending for Muggles”

 

Over 200 spectators gathered for the evening event, held in the lecture hall at Bibliotheca Albertina, the central library of Leipzig University. Throughout the day, keynote presentations provided information for those interested in pursuing a doctorate; this information included: how to arrange and finance doctoral study; support programmes for study abroad, as well as information on doctoral degrees in the applied sciences. There were also numerous stands set up to provide information on institution and initiatives for doctoral candidates.

Fifth Science Slam on 3 December 2012

Fifth Science Slam on 3 December 2012

The fifth Science Slam was held on 3 December 2012 as part of the annual commemoration of the founding of Leipzig University in 1409. The Slam was held at the Moritzbastei Cultural Centre.

Benjamin Berk took first prize for his talk “Astrocytes may be harder”, receiving the “Golden Megaphone” and 100 Euro gift card to Lehmann’s Media.

Second place went to Madlen Mammen for her presentation on the credibility of online-PR. She received a year’s subscription to the journal GEO.

Zarina Akbar won third prize with her slam given in English on disaster psychology in her homeland of Indonesia; she received as prize a T-shirt from the university store.

Jürgen Neuhaus, who slammed on cattle under constant stress and Felix Effenberg, who considered the question if beer makes its drinkers dumb gave great presentations and lost by the narrowest of margins.

Many thanks to all those who slammed as well as to the wonderful audience!

This was the fifth time that young scientists had taken part in the Science Slam. The competition requires participants to present their doctoral research to the audience in a 10-minute presentation that is both entertaining and convincing. Bringing science to the public as well as conveying the content and arguments of their research is one of essential tasks for young academics today.

Fourth Science Slam on 16 April 2012

Fourth Science Slam on 16 April 2012

The fourth Science Slam of the Competence School ELSYS on 16 April 2012 was a complete success.

We would like to thank the six slammers for their great presentations. Over 170 visitors listened enthusiastically to the presentations, despite the rising temperatures inside the Horns Erben Cultural Centre.

The well known Leipzig Poetry slammer and author Franziska Wilhelm was the moderator for the evening event. Markus Gyger won the competition with his presentation “Cells on the Rack.” He was awarded the “Golden Megaphone” and a 100 Euro gift card for Lehmann’s Media. Coming in second, just one vote behind, was Valerio Verreo with his presentation about fair trade. He is now the proud recipient of a year’s subscription to the journal GEO. Frank Hütter took third place with his presentation “What do economists actually do?”, which brought us closer to the beauty of mathematical formulas. He received as prize a T-Shirt from the university store.

We would like to thank the Horns Erben Cultural Centre and the ProRat for their assistance in bringing together this event!

The following junior researchers presented their research:

  • Markus Gyger, Institute for Experimental Physics I/Graduate School BuildMona, Leipzig University
  • Frank Hüttner, Institute for Theoretical Economics, Leipzig University
  • Olga Klimecki, Social Neurosciences, Max-Planck-Institute for Cognition- and Neurosciences
  • Mirko Milletarì, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Leipzig University
  • Valerio Verrea, Institute for Cultural Studies, Leipzig University
  • Janet Wagner, Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research

Third Science Slam on 5 December 2011

Third Science Slam on 5 December 2011

Can music cure diseases? How is it that we know what we are seeing? And who or what actually killed Mr Henry? These and other questions were answered on Monday, 5 December 2011 at the Horns Erben Cultural Centre. With a crowd of roughly 180, the event at the centre was well attended. For the first time, the Slam was held on the lower level of the Horn, where video transmission was also possible. Christoph Peters served as the moderator for the evening.

The presentations were all great and consequently the vote was very close. By a narrow margin, Daniel Kinitz won first place with his presentation “System theory as everyday philosophy?” His prize was the “Golden Megaphone” and a gift certificate for the university store. Congratulations to the winner!

The following presentations were heard:

  • Charles-Etienne Benoît: “Music in help to Parkinson”
  • Daniel Kinitz: “System theory as everyday philosophy?”
  • Michael Schramm: “WTF do you see?!”
  • Jan Schütze: “Who or what killed Mr Henry?”
  • Marieke van der Steen: “Meet ADAM and learn about how we stay in sync”

 

LVZ-Article on the third Science Slam: “Arabist wins Science Slam: A Balancing Act between Expertise and Slapstick Comedy” (article in German).

Second Science Slam on 18 April 2011

Second Science Slam on 18 April 2011

On 18 April 2011, four young scientists stood in front of a packed auditorium at Horns Erben as they competed for top honours in the Science Slam; the competition requires participants to present their doctoral research to the audience in a 10-minute presentation that is both entertaining and convincing. The moderator for the evening was Christoph Peters.

The Science Slam provides doctoral candidates with the opportunity to present their research projects in a comprehensible and entertaining fashion to a broad audience. The following doctoral candidates took advantage of that opportunity on 18 April 2011:

  • Anne Goldbach: “Are Christians the better people?”
  • Oliver Wagner: “A computer scientist among biologist – a clamorous work”
  • Frederik Poppe: “Artists require assistance or why sometimes great art can only develop with support”
  • Paula Roncaglia-Denissen: “Speaking a foreign language without an accent: Is that possible?”

 

The prize for best slam went to Paula Roncaglia-Denissen; she was awarded the Golden Megaphone and a sweatshirt from the university store. We would like to congratulate all those who participated in the Slam as the well as thank the wonderful audience in attendance.  

LVZ also reported on our Science Slam: “Science Slams bring Science to Party-Clubs” (article in German).

First Science Slam on 6 December 2010

First Science Slam on 6 December 2010

The Competence School ELSYS held its first Science Slam on 6 December 2010. Over 130 people came to the Horns Erben to see four young scientists compete and to vote for a winner. Like a Poetry Slam, the science slam is a competition; each speaker has 10 minutes to present his/her topic in the most entertaining, but also accurate, manner possible. All modes of presentation are allowed and the audience decides which participant most successfully combined science with entertainment.

The four participants in this first edition of the Science Slam represented a wide range of disciplines: German Studies, Environmental System Analysis, Sports Science, and Computational Life Sciences. Katrin Körner won with her presentation on the chronic respiratory disease of Oma Erna. But all the presentations were met with appreciative applause from the audience: Josefine Krause on the story of Teacher Lämpel (interdisciplinary teaching); Friedrich Angermüller on Easter Island (destruction of ecosystems) and Anika Groß on looking for biscuits at the supermarket (evolution of annotations).

Prior to the event, Friedrich Angermüller spoke with mephisto 97.6 about the Science Slam and his upcoming presentation.