“Wunderbar Together”: US-German friendship Kick-off event

“Wunderbar Together”: US-German friendship Kick-off event

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.

When Russians, Americans and Germans compete in SciComm: Trilateral Science Slam Berlin

When Russians, Americans and Germans compete in SciComm: Trilateral Science Slam Berlin

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).

Tackling humanity’s biggest challenges with Artificial Intelligence: Explainables at NASA’s Frontier Development Lab

Tackling humanity’s biggest challenges with Artificial Intelligence: Explainables at NASA’s Frontier Development Lab

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.

The Cosmic Microwave Background on the last page of your notebook - Explainables at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg

The Cosmic Microwave Background on the last page of your notebook - Explainables at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg

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. 

Learn to brand your science with "Brain Radio" - Explainables workshop at Bern University for NCCR/PlanetS

Learn to brand your science with "Brain Radio" - Explainables workshop at Bern University for NCCR/PlanetS

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".