BarCamp is a format of user-generated “unconferences”, open, participatory workshop-events. The content of a barcamp is completely provided by the participants. In October 2018 Explainable Daniel participated at Barcamp Minsk: ‘Alternative Events in Science Communication’. Here is his report.
In August 2018 the German Federal Foreign Office started the “Year of Germany in the US” initiative at an event on historic Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Our own Daniel Angerhausen presented a science slam and answered questions about academic cooperation between the two countries. As someone living in both of these cultures for quite some time it's also a cause close to his heart.
What do you get when you combine the World Cup with short science presentations for the public?
Probably something similar to the Trilateral Science Slam at Berlin's famous S036 venue and hosted by Fulbright Germany and the Deutsch-Russisches Forum with the generous support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
At NASA frontier development lab (FDL) Machine learning experts and space scientists will spend the summer in Silicon Valley to work on some of NASA’s most important challenges. Explainable Daniel Angerhausen is an FDL science advisor and mentor for the Exoplanet and Astrobiology challenges. For the last week of the program Explainables Sally Blumenthal, Amran Salleh and Jesse John will join him to prepare the group for their final "TED-style" presentations.
For the second workshop in 5 days and the first one in Germany the Explainables headed out to the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Heidelberg for a short 'communication and branding for scientists' bootcamp. One group of participants at Heidelberg came up with one of the all time best analogies we had at Explainables workshops: observations of the cosmic microwave background explained with a notebook.
For our first workshop in Switzerland we teamed up with the NCCR PlanetS. About 20 early career scientists from all over Switzerland met at the University in Bern for a one day "Communication, Branding and Proposal writing for Scientists" workshop. For one of our exercises the participants have to quickly improvise marketing pitches for randomly generated "science products". This time one group draw the combination of the words radio and brain and came up with an excellent impromptu sales pitch for their "brain radio".