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).

 From left to right: slammers Daniel Angerhausen (D), Chelsea Nnebe (US), Nikita Meshcheulov (RUS), Frieder Neunhöffer (D), Lauren Davidson (US), winner Ksenia Karbysheva (RUS) and host Marie-Christine Knop

From left to right: slammers Daniel Angerhausen (D), Chelsea Nnebe (US), Nikita Meshcheulov (RUS), Frieder Neunhöffer (D), Lauren Davidson (US), winner Ksenia Karbysheva (RUS) and host Marie-Christine Knop

 

In this very special Science Slam six young Russian, American and German scientists shared the stage to present their original research results in their native languages during successive 10-minute rapid-fire “performances” – featuring simultaneous translation into English.

Explainables founder Daniel Angerhausen opened the event with his slam "why astronomers like to get high when they look for alien world" talking - of course - about his flights on the NASA plane SOFIA observing exoplanets. After him Chelsea Nnebe took the stage to talk about her research on "False memories". Then Nikita Meshcheulov from Tomsk in Siberia presented how his inventions make buildings safer from explosion.

After the break economy PhD student Frieder Neunhöffer used his research to find explanations for why "poor people voted for a multi-billionaire". Then Lauren Davidson shared her research and passion for keeping our water clean, before Ksenia Karbysheva closed the evening with her winning slam talk about the symbiosis between Siberian pine trees and mushrooms.

Explainable Daniel after the event:

"This may sound cheesy, but it really gives me hope to see 6 science slammers from Russia, the US and Germany united in the spirit to make our planet the best ever. I am proud and honored to be part of this team."

See brief profiles about the scientist-slammers and their slam-topics at this link.

Videos will soon be posted on YouTube.