A summary of the final presentations of this year’s NASA 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.
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".