The first Berlin Science Week 2016 brought together excellent academics and leading scientific institutions from all over the world in Berlin. 38 talks, conferences, panel discussions, festivals, award ceremonies and other formats took place at various locations in Berlin and Potsdam and more than 6000 participants - experts and interested audience - attended the 25 public and 13 invitation-only events.

Tuesday Talk – The Cultural Affordances of Climate Fiction

The talk explores climate change narratives in contemporary fiction and film.

Institute For Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Berliner Straße 130, 14467 Potsdam

The talk explores the cultural work of literary and screen media in shaping and reflecting popular notions of anthropogenic climate change. In her research as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Julia Leyda is inquiring into the recent proliferation of climate change narratives in fiction and film, as well as the media and academic conversations about them. The talk introduces the concept of climate fiction (Cli-Fi) and its origins, uses, and primary features. Film and Television Studies professor Leyda will then outline two case studies. The first focusses on Cli-Fi’s representations of politics. It examines the Norwegian TV series Okkupert and the US-Canadian comics series We Stand on Guard as examples of popular culture texts that portray future political crisis as outcomes of climate change. Her second case study uncovers the ways in which climate change serves as a subtext in several contemporary TV series, including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Daredevil.

Queen’s Lecture: King Richard III: the resolution of a 500 year old mystery

This year’s Queen’s Lecture is a talk by Dr Turi King (University of Leicester) about the DNA analysis involved in the Richard III project.

Technische Universität Berlin, Auditorium Maximum, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

In August 2012, the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Richard III Society and Leicester City Council, began one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted: no less than a search for the lost grave of King Richard III. The last English king to die in battle.

When the University of Leicester Archaeology Service undertook the Grey Friars project, it was thought that the chances of finding the remains of Richard III were slim to none. Nevertheless, Turi King, with her background both in archaeology and genetics, was approached in the very early stages – should the skeletal remains of a ‘good candidate’ to be Richard III be found, would she be interested in overseeing the DNA analysis. She was and led the international research team which provided overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester indeed represents the remains of King Richard III, thereby closing what is probably the oldest forensic case solved to date.

At this year’s Queen’s Lecture, Turi King will speak about the Grey Friars project, from the early stages of planning the dig, through to the excavation and the results of the various strands of analysis carried out on the remains and modern DNA obtained from a straight descendant of Anne of York, Richard III’s eldest sister.

Registration for this event will be possible from 10 October.

Green Economy Conference 2016

The conference on the transformation of the German economy.

Hauptstadtrepräsentanz der Deutschen Telekom, Französische Straße 33a-c, 10117 Berlin

Is Germany on the path to becoming a world leading Green Economy, or is it falling behind other nations? A commission of experts has devised a set of recommendations for the German Federal Government, to set the economy and society on a sustainable course.

In order to discuss these recommendations and to initiate new cooperations for sustainable management, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) invite you to the Green Economy Conference 2016.

In a series of workshops, using concrete issues from the fields of production, consumption, and the financial sector, experts from economics, science, politics, and from non-governmental organisations will be discussing ways in which players and stakeholders can become more involved in implementation, how political frameworks should be designed, and which research topics have the highest priority.

For all times and all cultures! The new International System of Units

Lecture of Prof. Dr. Joachim Ullrich, President, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Fraunhoferstraße 11-12, 10587 Berlin

For now, we are still told what a kilogram is by a small metal cylinder locked away in a safe somewhere near Paris. And for the unit of electric current, we need to imagine two infinitely long and infinitely thin conductors running parallel to each other. Such definitions will, however, soon be a thing of the past – the International System of Units is on the verge of experiencing radical change. In future, all measurements will be based on a small set of selected natural constants such as the speed of light and the elementary charge. The units will then be universal, in the literal sense of the word: in principle, it will be possible to apply them throughout the entire universe. To put it simply, even a Martian could then understand what a kilogram is. When will this “cultural revolution” take place? In the autumn of 2018, the revised system of units will be signed and sealed by an international conference in Paris.

Marthe Vogt Award 2016

Presentation of the Marthe Vogt Award to Dr. Mira Schedensack (29), a highly talented young mathematician.

Haus der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin

Her doctorate supervisor warned the young mathematician Mira Schedensack against this topic. Nonetheless, she did research on new methods for computational mechanics – and astounded the experts. The reviewers are in complete agreement: Her Ph.D. thesis is actually worth four doctorates and a postdoctoral qualification. Now the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. honours Mira Schedensack with the Marthe Vogt Award.

As undergraduate student, Mira Schedensack had already caught the experts’ eyes. She had been invited to the keynote at the MFO, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics – the Olymp of mathematics, where usually only the most renowned scientists are allowed to deliver lectures. Following Mira Schedensack’s lecture, everybody in Oberwolfach spoke about the most important results regarding the finite element method since the 70s.

The Marthe Vogt Award includes prize money of 3,000 euros. As part of the festive award presentation ceremony, the president of the Humboldt University of Berlin, Professor Sabine Kunst will give the celebratory speech.

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Science Slam

Science Slam is a science communication format where young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are easy to follow and afterwards the audience gets to vote.

Lido Club, Cuvrystraße 7, 10997 Berlin

A Science Slam is a science communication format where young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are easy to follow and afterwards the audience gets to vote. The important thing is not primarily the scientific outcome of their work, but to explain it in an understandable, entertaining and concise way. Science Slams take place outside the university or lecture halls and instead in cultural centers, theaters or clubs, usually in the evening. So, in a Science Slam, the scientists leave their ivory tower and become a part of popular culture.

STATE Festival

Festival for Open Science, Art and Society

Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin

Berlin’s STATE Festival for Open Science, Art and Society returns after its successful launch in 2014 with a 2016 second edition, continuing the interdisciplinary platform of investigation between scientists, artists and the curious public. Under the theme of ‘STATE OF EMOTION – The Sentimental Machine’, the festival will offer a view into the current state of emotions research and resulting technologies, tapping into the essence of what it means to be human. Topics range from historical aspects of the science of emotions, to the philosophical and socio-political questions arising from current developments in affective computing and surveillance as well as recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience, experimental psychology and AI. The program presents scientific talks, panel discussions, thematic films, artworks and performances. Workshops and interactive experiences offer opportunities for engagement and exploration and help fuel the investigational environment between researchers, creatives and the interested public alike.

Festival pass required and for purchase

Financial Stability Conference 2016

How to fix the Deficiencies in the EU Financial System? Bank-State-Nexus, Business Models and the missing Level Playing Field – 4th joint conference on bank regulation and financial reforms in the EU

ESMT Berlin, Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Deutschland

Eight years after the financial crisis the European banking sector remains in part fragile. Slow growth, zero interest rate, troubled assets, lacking consolidation and distorted competition bear risks to financial stability in the EU. In particular, the hazardous interdependency between states and banks is not solved, despite BRRD and Single Resolution Mechanism in force. One crucial aim of last year’s regulatory reforms has not been realized: To clean-up and achieve a more level playing field for financial institutions in the EU. The Banking Union is still missing a testing of bail-in, and in politics national interests prevail. One central question of the conference is how we shall practice financial reforms and fix deficiencies as well as trade-offs in the new regulatory architecture. The discussants will critically question proposals and settings by asking how they may work, if they are sufficient and adequate under the prevailing conditions, and what else should be done to achieve a level playing field with a sound and diverse financial sector serving real needs.

The conference is a public discussion event, but participation is restricted on confirmed registration by Financial Risk and Stability Network.

Make Me a Hummingbird of Words: Salvos into the World of Micro-Memoirs

In a presentation that is part craft talk and part reading, Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly shares strategies that inform her forthcoming book “Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs”.

American Academy in Berlin, Am Sandwerder 17, 14109 Berlin

In a presentation that is part craft talk and part reading, Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly shares strategies that inform her forthcoming book “Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs” (W. W. Norton). In today’s increasingly heterogeneous landscape, cross-genre works that blend inheritances from multiple literary parents have a new urgency and popularity. Combining the extreme brevity of poetry yet hewing to the truth-telling of creative nonfiction, Fennelly’s micro-memoirs allow us to consider questions of genre while delighting in a form that, like a hummingbird, stuns with its speed and ingenuity.

International Cooperation in Immunotherapy for Cancer

The event presents an innovative project of the Hospital Clínic from Barcelona which is implementing the so-called CART therapy in leukemia patients, with the aim to bring it together with potential research partners in Germany.

Embassy of Spain in Germany, Lichtensteinallee 1, 10787 Berlin

Registration until 2.11.2016 via e-mail:

Second Nature: Sustainable Innovation through bio-inspired Design

The age of change – from bioinspiration to biomimicry – First German Symposium on sustainable Bio-inspiration, Bionik and Biomimicry

CLB Berlin im Aufbauhaus am Moritzplatz, Prinzenstraße 84.2, 10969 Berlin

Through Bio-inspiration you draw conclusions from nature – let us use it for sustainable innovations to become a part of the world-wide human-natural ecosystem.

Biomimicry is bio-inspiration for sustainable innovation. Join us as we move From Bio-inspiration To Biomimicry, an interdisciplinary gathering of experts invested creating and promoting design informed by the natural world.
Why join us?
As a participant in this symposium you will be uniquely situated at the forefront of technical bionik and systemic biomimicry in Germany and beyond: Get to know others in your field interested in biomimicry and meet ‘success stories’ from our German network
> Develop ideas, identify new applications or blind spots where bio-inspiration can help your organization grow
> Create interdisciplinary funding partnerships to let your biomimetic innovations come to life

Sunday, 6 November, 1 pm onwards at CLB Berlin im Aufbauhaus am Moritzplatz, Prinzenstraße 84.2, 10969 Berlin

Monday, 7 November, 11 am at Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin


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Future Medicine Science Match

At Future Medicine, rising stars of science and five proven game-changers present in one day cutting-edge translational medicine.

Bolle Festsäle, Alt-Moabit 98, 10559 Berlin

Science Match “Future Medicine” is a new conference: 80 Rising stars and proven game-changers of science from top institutions in Berlin, Germany, and the world, present in one day cutting-edge translational medicine and show how their work will turn advances in life science research into benefits for patients and people. The focus is on digital health, personalized health, regenerative medicine, cell engineering and start-up ecosystems. Science Match is an innovative format for connecting science, business, society, media and new talent. In keynotes and 3-minute presentations German and international researchers will feature their innovations in life sciences. Attracting up to 800 participants, the target audiences of this event are peers, young professionals, healthcare industry, venture capital, funding institutions and policy makers.

Exploring Difference: Career Paths in Higher Education

The 13th International Dialogue on Education (“ID-E Berlin”, a joint initiative of DAAD, Fulbright, British Council, Embassy of Canada and FU Berlin) will focus on typical – and exceptional – career tracks for academics within different higher education systems gathering experts from USA, Canada, UK, France and Germany.

Botschaft von Kanada, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin

The series „International Dialogue on Education ID-E Berlin“ is a joint initiative of the British Council, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Embassy of Canada in Germany and Freie Universität Berlin. Through the contributions of international participants the series aims to enrich the debate on science, research and higher education policy in Germany, to place German perspectives in a global context and to learn from positive examples from other countries. The thirteenth conference in the ID-E Berlin series will focus on typical – and exceptional – career tracks for academics within different higher education systems gathering experts from US, CA, UK, FR and DE.

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Operations Executive Summit 2016

Unlocking Benefits with Digital Operations – From End-to-End Vision to Reality

Microsoft Atrium, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin

With our annual summit on Digital Operations, A.T. Kearney brings forward thinking Operations Executives together in order to discuss opportunities of unlocking end-to-end benefits in Digital Operations. The exclusive forum consists of some of the most influential companies globally, global market leaders and upcoming digital champions. This years’ edition of our summit will be devoted to a topic high upon the agenda of many frontrunners in Operations: “Unlocking Benefits with Digital Operations – From End-to-End Vision to Reality”. We will discuss the most effective approaches to turning your digital vision into practical, sustainable, and transformational business solutions that can help your organization drive long-term value. We are going to emphasize the following questions among others:
o How to take a leap in digital operations and fully exploit benefits along the entire value chain?
o How to bring your end-to-end digital operations vision to reality? What does it take?
o What are success cases and their secret recipes?

11th Berlin Debate on Science and Science Policy

Make Science, not War!
The Role of Science Diplomacy in the 21st Century

With the Berlin Science Debates, the Robert Bosch Stiftung offers a discussion platform for high-level representatives from science, politics and business. A closed forum permits experts to conduct open discussions about a socially relevant theme in science and exchange experiences. The focus is on identifying deficits and converting them into positive policy concepts and practical recommendations.

Lifting Europe’s virtual borders

How can the EU fully reap its digital potential?

Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin

When it comes to digitalization the EU is still dominated by a regulatory patchwork of national laws and provisions. This fragmentation hampers the economic potential of the ongoing digital transformation on the continent. We, the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, have invited EU policy-makers, top officials, start-up managers and innovation experts to discuss how the EU can make better use of its digital potential. Together we will analyse the strategy of the European Commission towards a Digital Single Market, examine its expected impact on the (digital) economy and find out what decision-makers in Europe can learn from other world regions about an innovation-friendly digital policy mix.

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Public Participation in Bio-Innovation

A public discourse on bio-based innovation

Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin


We are living in a world of transformation. Climate changes, natural resources become scarce. In many sections of society discourses on way of lives started. In the whole world scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs and an active citizenship work for as sustainable future.

Biology is seen as the science of the 21st century, she develops speedily. The bioeconomy acknowledges achievements of the biological sciences as key for success. Biobased products and services should increase economic growth, global food security and health, and at the same time should protect climate and natural resources.

Biomimicry links biological principles and innovative entrepreneurial ideas. With similar intention, “biohacker” and Do-it-yourself biologists (DYIBios) experiment with biological material to realize innovative solutions. A consequent adaption bio-inspired principles could change the way we live and pursue or business drastically.

Cities are often laboratories for future visions in public spaces. This evening we would like to discuss with you which role bio-innovations can play in our daily living, especially in the urban context.

The registration for the event is free of charge, but participants are required to register.
For further information or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email.


Berliner Wissenschaftspreis des Regierenden Bürgermeisters

The 9th annual Berlin Science Award will be awarded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

Jüdenstraße 1, 10178 Berlin

The Berlin Science Award (Berliner Wissenschaftspreis) honours and supports excellency in academia and research. One of its goals is to further economic development in Berlin, which is why practical application of research is an important criterion. The 40,000 € award benefits the institution in which the researcher has achieved excellency.

Along with the Berlin Science award, a young, up-and-coming researcher will also be awarded with a 10,000€ price. New research endeavours which strengthen Berlin’s position as a hub for science and innovation are promoted and honoured with this additional award.

To apply for participation, please send an e-mail to

Falling Walls Lab

The Falling Walls Lab is an inspiring and interdisciplinary format for oustanding talents and innovative thinkers.

Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum, which aims at building and promoting interdisciplinary connections between excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all fields. All participants get the opportunity to present their research work and business model to peers and a distinguished jury consisting of experts from academia, research institutions and business – in 3 minutes each.

The Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously supported by A.T. Kearney (Founding Partner) and Festo (Global Partner).

After a successful kick-off at the Falling Walls Conference in 2011, the Falling Walls Lab as a challenging, fast-paced format was subsequently brought to numerous cities worldwide. In 2016,  50 Falling Walls Labs will take place in 45 different countries.

The winners of the international Labs travel to the Lab Finale in Berlin (Germany) on 8 November. 100 innovators receive the opportunity to present their work to a renowned jury and an A.T. Kearney Scholarship to attend the Falling Walls Conference, where they meet the world’s movers and shakers of science, business and the industry.

Falling Walls Venture

Falling Walls Venture is an international forum for outstanding science based start-up companies, venture capitalists and strategic investors as well as their wider academic and business environment

British Embassy, Wilhelmstraße 70 - 71, 10117 Berlin

Twenty leading international academic institutions and international venture capitalists nominate their most outstanding science based start-up. Following a one minute introduction by the recommending institution each start-up presents their case in five minutes in front of an international jury who awards the most convincing concept. The winners (Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year 2016) will present themselves in front of an audience of 700 international decision makers at the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference the next day.

AcademiaNet Network Event

Networking event for AcademiaNet members

With this event, the Robert Bosch Stiftung provides exclusive networking possibilities for AcademiaNet members. This year, Dr. Peter Modler, management consultant and best-seller author, and fashion designer Anna von Griesheim will provide humorous and exclusive insights on the power games between women and men and the connection between fashion and power.

Aspen Berlin Transatlantic Conference: The Liberal Order under Siege?

Where is the West heading in times of rising populism, re-nationalization, globalization-fatigue, and a growing divide between cosmopolitan elites and those left behind?

On November 8, 2016, when the United States will elect a new President, the Aspen Institute Germany will host its annual Berlin Transatlantic Conference. The conference will look at the big picture issues, of which Donald Trump’s candidacy is just a symptom. His rise fits the wave of populists whose support has swelled in many Western democracies. On both sides of the Atlantic we are seeing mounting frustration with the lingering effects of the global financial crisis and the euro-crisis, terrorist attacks spreading fear, concerns surrounding record levels of migration, and growing doubt over political elites’ abilities to address these and other crises. These developments have a pro-found impact inside Western democracies, as Brexit has shown, but also on their foreign policy and with it on the EU, the Transatlantic alliance and their ability to uphold the liberal order. Experts from Germany, across Europe, and the United States will share their analyses and discuss their ideas on how to deal with this situation.

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Berlin Translational Dialogue – RNA-Medicine: From RNA Discoveries to Future Therapies

Meet Emmanuelle Charpentier, Frank Slack, Maria Carmo-Fonseca, Jörg Vogel and Biotech pioneers to explore the unprecedented opportunities of RNA-based technologies and -therapies!

Auditorium, CharitéCrossOver, Virchowweg 6, 10117 Berlin

Please join us for our RNA-Medicine Workshop, the second installment of the Berlin Translational Dialogue, on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at CharitéCrossOver.
We are delighted to announce Emanuelle Charpentier (Director MPI-IB, Berlin), Frank Slack (Director Institute for RNA-Medicine, BIDMC Boston, USA) and Maria Carmo-Fonseca (President of the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal) among our speakers.

Part of the Falling Walls-organized Berlin Science Week, Elsevier teamed up with Markus Landthaler (MDC-BIMSB, Berlin), Gunter Meister (University of Regensburg), Jörg Vogel (IMIB Würzburg) and the leading biotechs CureVac (Tübingen), BioNTech (Mainz) to establish an interactive forum for researchers, pharma, corporations, government- and, funding agency representatives, policymakers, and the interested public to explore the unprecedented opportunities arising from the development of RNA-based technologies and -therapeutics.

European Stakeholder Round Table on Citizen and DIY Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

The event gathers citizen science and DIY science experts to define links to Responsible Research and Innovation and co-create our policy engagement agenda.

Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin

The round table is part of the Horizon 2020 project ´DITOs – Doing-It-Together Science` that will implement many innovative participatory event formats across Europe in the two critical areas of biodesign and environmental monitoring. In the project, ECSA will help to build the institutional and policy foundations for sustained deep public engagement in science and technology in Europe. The round table is the first of a series of stakeholder events and will lay the foundations for this work. Experts from the citizen science and DIY science communities will come together to explore synergies between their approaches to participation and co-create the policy-engagement agenda. The round table is framed by the aim to discuss what we can learn from and add to the European policy agenda of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) regarding cross-cutting issues, such as gender equality and inclusion, ethics, SMEs involvement, and evaluation.

Falling Walls Circle

The Falling Walls Circle is the international meeting for science strategists and decision-makers.

Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin

The Falling Walls Circle is the international meeting for science strategists and decision-makers. As part of the Falling Walls Conference, which takes place on 9 November 2016, the invitation-only meeting brings together about 70 presidents and CTOs of research organizations, science and technology driven global corporations, senior government officials, outstanding researchers and promising entrepreneurs. The chosen panel of high-profile participants will discuss crucial questions concerning the future of science policy and strategy.

Prize-giving Ceremony for the German Thesis Award

Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, will present the awards for the year’s most important doctoral theses.

Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Str. 1, 10117 Berlin

The Körber Foundation presents the German Thesis Award every year to honour the best young German researchers from all disciplines. The patron of the Award is Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag. He awards the prize in a formal ceremony to honour young scientists who have presented dissertations that are outstanding in their fields and are of particular importance for society. This year the three top prizes, each of them worth 25,000 Euros, go to the jurist Tom Pleiner from the University of Augsburg, the political scientist Astrid Séville from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and to the mechanical engineer Elisabeth Wilhelm from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The German Thesis Award is regarded as one of the most important prizes for young scientists in the Federal Republic of Germany.

A.T. Kearney Healthcare Lounge

Consumer Health meets Pharma – Disruptive Innovations Through Modern Marketing and Digitalization Approaches

China Club Berlin, Adlon Palais, Behrenstraße 72, 10117 Berlin

As in previous years, A.T. Kearney invites to a special event for decision makers in Pharma and Healthcare on the occasion of the Falling Walls Conference: At the A.T. Kearney Healthcare Lounge – on the evening of the 8th November – we will discuss with representatives from Pharma, Consumer Health, Biotech, Medical Technology and hospitals the following topic: Consumer Health meets Pharma – Disruptive Innovations Through Modern Marketing and Digitalization Approaches.

The Leibniz-Kolleg for Young Researchers: Chances and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research

The Leibniz-Kolleg creates a platform for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to discuss their interdisciplinary research, career options and funding opportunities with experienced scholars, career experts and peers.

Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin

Interdisciplinarity facilitates to address research topics in a comprehensive way and from diverse angles. Be it climate change, smart industries, effects of globalization or the understanding of historical discourses and narratives – the different angles interdisciplinarity allows for are crucial to pervade, understand and solve complex challenges of our time. At the same time, interdisciplinarity is a challenge in the everyday of researchers: How can I best organise an interdisciplinary project? How does it affect career options? What are the best ways to publish research results? And which funding bodies support which kind of projects? The Leibniz-Kolleg for Young Researchers is addressed to PhD students in their final year and postdoctoral researchers and offers a forum to discuss these issues with experts in- and outside academia, experienced researchers and peers.

Falling Walls Conference

The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society

RADIALSYSTEM V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin

The 20th anniversary of the end of a divided Europe marked the starting point for a new and unprecedented science conference: More than 20 outstanding researchers from around the world and a wide range of disciplines convene to showcase their scientific breakthroughs in their respective fields of research – in 15 minutes each. Inspired by the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall they are answering the question: Which are the next walls to fall? And how will that change our lives?
Speakers and subjects are rigorously reviewed in collaboration with leading research institutions. Topics range from medicine to high technology, from science to the humanities.

The Evolution of Medicine to Evolutionary Medicine

The goal of the symposium on Nov 10th is to showcase new ideas and discovieries that use evolutionary biology to solve problems in medicine and public health, and to encourage new connections between those with an interest in evolutionary medicine.

Department of Sport and Science (Building 11), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philippstr. 13, 10115 Berlin

The German research system in Theory and Practice

Presentation of several players in the German research system and visit of the Berlin Adlershof Science Park

Technologiepark Berlin Adlershof

The DFG seeks to present the German research landscape to those participants who are invited to the Falling Walls Lab on 8th November 2016. The goal is to strengthen the role of Germany as an attractive partner in scientific cooperation. In the first part of the event several organizations from the German science landscape will insight into their goals and role. During the second part the group will visit some of the research institutes at Adlershof.

Fab Lab Berlin meets Neil Gershenfeld

The creator of the Fab Lab movement will visit its Berlin incarnation and discuss the present and future of Fab Labs in Germany and the rest of the world.

Prenzlauer Allee 242, 10405 Berlin

On November 10th,  Fab Lab Berlin welcomes Neil Gershenfeld. Fab Lab Berlin is an open digital fabrication studio and hence part of the global Fab Lab movement that was initiated by Neil Gershenfeld. After a quick tour through the lab, some German Fab Labs and Neil Gershenfeld will meet for an exchange of experiences and ideas related to the global maker movement.

Workshop on Quantum Technologies

The Quantum Technologies (QT) flagship is an initiative launched by the European Commission with the ambitious objective of placing Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution currently unfolding worldwide.

Harnack-Haus, Ihnestr. 16-20,14195 Berlin

The Quantum Technologies (QT) flagship is an initiative launched by the European Commission with the ambitious objective of placing Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution currently unfolding worldwide. The initiative, with a planned budget of €1 billion spanning a 10 year period  starting in 2018, aims at bringing transformative advances to science, industry and society. It will create new commercial opportunities, address global challenges, provide strategic capabilities for security and seed as yet unimagined technologies for the future.

In order to receive informed recommendations for the future flagship, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger appointed a High Level Steering Committee (HLSC) consisting of renowned experts in the field coming from both industry and academia. The HLSC has already started its work and aims at consolidating input from the QT community, in a process organized by the QUTE Europe network, which will gather all the contributions and will present them at a workshop planned for the 10th November in Berlin; the outcome of this workshop will serve as the basis for delivering to the European Commission a proposal for the flagship’s research agenda, governance structure and implementation model.

Artificial Intelligence and the Brain

A series of two presentations on Artificial Intelligence and its application to Neuroscience.

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philippstr. 13, Haus 6, 10115 Berlin

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most promising technologies to have recently emerged. In a first talk, Prof. Jack Gallant (UC Berkley) will present his work on using AI techniques to decode brain activity. The presentation will cover our current understanding of how sensory information is represented across the human cortex, a knowledge which could allow us to “read” from someone’s brain. This will be followed by a cautionary talk by Prof. Toby Walsh (UNSW) on the limits of AI, including the possibility for consciousness in AI and the common held fear of machines taking over as the dominant species on the planet.

The event is funded by the GRK 1589 “Sensory Computation in Neural Systems”.

Cinescience: “The Life of Cows”

The film “The Life of Cows” lights up the growing power of science on animals life and shows the development of relations between people and animals throughout history.

Auditorium der Französischen Botschaft, Wilhelmstraße 69, 10117 Berlin

Film by Jean-Christophe Ribot, Nathalie Barbe and Audrey Mikaëlian
A coproduction from ARTE France and Bonobo Productions France 2016, 52 min, preview showing
on ARTE 3.12.2016 at 9.45 pm.

Nowadays, it is possible to adapt cows to human needs and requirements. The “low consumption” cow is more efficient and is less consuming. The “health” cow is more resistant against diseases and the “export” cow is dedicated to global intensive animal farming. In order to produce the ideal farm animal, we are now able to influence cows sexual behavior and therefore influence their genetics.

Free entry. To register, please go to

Next Frontier Debate: Quantum Theory as the Crux of the Matter?

A panel discussion on the state of the art in quantum research, differing approaches, and an outlook on future developments

TAT - Tieranatomisches Theater (Philippstraße 12/13), entry by Luisenstraße 56, 10115 Berlin

To most people ‘quantum’ simply means: It’s complicated. To most scholars in the field it means: It’s a strange theory nobody would have come up with. But empirical evidence forced us to develop quantum theory. Quantum theory deals with the question of how basic things work. What is the core of everything? Is it small particles or are all things energetic waves or as quantum theory suggests: something of both. This is quite disturbing, because we know the visible world as consisting of things and not waves.

Hence, quantum theory is not only complicated it comes with the promise that if we understand and master quantum mechanics, we will be able to control the way nature works.

Starting from this point, new materials, new forms of computing and new possibilities become thinkable.

The main idea of quantum theory is the explanation of how our physical world works and how we could possibly intervene and regulate things. But it is indeed complicated! How does the quantum – wavy – level connect with the level of more “lumpy things” – like for example cells or other entities? How can we design smaller but stronger materials? Can we build faster computers? Or is beaming possible?

The panel will give a brief insight into the state of the art in quantum theory, current fields of research, and will address applied techniques already in use, as well as perspectives and future outcomes.

With the three panelists Prof. Dr. Birgitta Whaley (University of California, Berkeley), Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Elsässer (Max-Born-Institut and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), three international experts in different fields of quantum research with different perspectives on the research subject will discuss possibilities and dead ends in current research.

Translation into real-time captioning (german) will be provided.

New antibiotics – What are our chances in the race against bacterial infections?

Panel discussion on current challenges in antibiotic research.

Festsaal der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

Antibiotics have saved many lives. However, these wonder weapons of medicine are becoming blunt and multi-resistant pathogenes become increasingly common. They could cause a global health crisis. More than 700.000 deaths worldwide were already caused by antibiotics that are not effective anymore. Doctors, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, licensing authorities and politicians need to work together to battle this problem. It’s high time for the development of new antibiotics and alternatives in the race against bacteria.

Discussion participants: Hermann Gröhe, Bundesminister für Gesundheit, Petra Gastmeier, Leiterin des Instituts für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin am Campus Benjamin Franklin Rolf Müller, Geschäftsführender Direktor des Helmholtz-Instituts für Pharmazeutische Forschung Saarland (HIPS), Leiter der Abteilung Mikrobielle Naturstoffe Wolfgang Plischke, Senatsmitglied der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft und ehemaliges Vorstandsmitglied der Bayer AG.

Science&People #4: Open Innovation

„Science&People“ is a joint pilot project of Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Fraunhofer-Verbund IUK-technologie, Wissenschaft im Dialog and Elsevier. The aim is to establish an open exchange among scientists, researchers, and the interested public, and promote a sustainable dialogue between attendees. The evening is dedicated to the topic “Open Innovation”.

The Digital Eatery, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin