Events for the Public

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Science Slam @ Berlin Science Week ⁞ November 1st, 2019

Under the motto "Slammin like there’s no tomorrow", our Science Slam-Science Rocks event kicked off this years Science Week on Friday, November 01, 2019.

Between 7 PM and 2 AM, Roadrunner's Paradise swayed and rocked as the slammers used all their powers to entertain the audience, giving unique talks on everything from mathematics to neuroscience. Costumes, props, movies, power-point presentations and other experimental setups – it was all allowed. Only time set the limits – every slammer had ten minutes at most before the audience decided which presentation was best!

All the contributions were outstanding, making it a tough decision for the crowd that came down to the wire. In the end, Kazi Atikur from the Einstein Center for Neurosciences pulled across the finish line for the win, receiving the most votes from the audience. As Kazi told it in his slam, Spiderman gets angry and causes autoimmune diseases, but only so he can make amends for what he’s done.
Second place went to Prateep Beed from the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence for his presentation about taking Extasy seriously in Berlin ... staying up late and knowing it’s the happiness hormone serotonin that’s keeping us awake.
Neuroscientist Susanne Wegmann from the DZNE captured 3rd place. She took a positive look at the pension years in her slam, discussing the research she’s doing on dementia. When there’s too much stress, the flow stops and the drops get stuck, but she showed it’s possible to relax again.

The event was moderated by well-known slammer Jochen Müller and jointly organized by the Einstein Center for Neuroscience and the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence. The event was a blast this year. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Photos: Stephan Niespodziany

International Literature Festival Berlin ⁞ September 11-21, 2019

This year at the 19th International Literature Festival in Berlin, Mustafa Kahlifa (author "The Shell") speaks with the writer Yassin Al Haj Saleh and Ulrike Kluge, professor for psychological and medical integration and Migration research at the Charité, about his "differentiated, detailed, and sometimes difficult to endure report" and the psychological effects of escape and imprisonment. Kahlifa's book is about a Young syrian, who is imprisoned at the airport in Damascus. Only after thirteen years, he manages to escape torture and solitary confinement.  Ulrike Kluge represents Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinz, who is also a member of the board of the cluster of excellence NeuroCure.

Date: 17.09.2019, 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Collegium Hungaricum, Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin
Admission is free.

In Cooperation with the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Larisa Bender moderates the conversation.

Further information: www.literaturfestival.com

 

Long Night of the Sciences ⁞ June 15, 2019

During the Long Night of the Sciences (LNDW) on June 15th, from 5pm until midnight, over sixty scientific institutions across Berlin and Potsdam-Telegrafenberg opened their doors to the public and offered more than 100 hands-on venues with the motto marvel at, touch and understand.

The Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Center for Stroke Research Berlin, and the Berlin School of Mind & Brain joined together this year to present a booth at the CCO building on Charité Campus Mitte.

We called it “Kopfsache: Test your knowledge!" We offered handicrafts, quizzes and hands-on experiments. Visitors found a varied program made to whet their appetite for science and research that surely left everyone curious for more!

Additional highlights this year include opportunities to got a glimpse behind the scenes of research. Tours of diverse labs, and a variety of exhibits and lectures rounded out the experience for a fun-filled evening.

Some impressions of the LNDW 2019:

 

Soapbox Science ⁞ June 22, 2019

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, 2-5 p.m., Soapbox Science Berlin staged its fourth event in the German capital, this time at the World Clock on Alexanderplatz. Attracting their biggest crowd to date – over 1000 visitors – twelve female scientists from around the globe stepped onto their soapboxes to showcase their science to the public on a range of topics from neuroscience to physics, superbugs to dinosaurs, our changing environment to the search for greener systems, and much more. 

Soapbox Science is novel public outreach platform that promotes women scientists and transforms public spaces into a hub of scientific learning and discussion.

The event was co-sponsored by NeuroCure and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Speakers:
Giulia Codenotti, Rosa Doran, Yara Haridy, Heike Kalesse, Selin Kubilay, Sarah Loos, Fatuma Mohamed, Elisa Schaum, Maria Teresa Bautista Solans, Tanja Straka, Linn Voß, Susanne Wegmann

Scientists explain their research to interested passers-by. (Pictured: Susanne Wegmann, DZNE)

Self-help Meets Science

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, individuals living with MS gathered together at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin to meet with scientists from the DMSG Landesverbänden. The day’s motto was “Self-help Meets Science,” and the message was clear – even with all the positive progress science is making, the following statement still rings true:
“Whatever the future of drug therapy in multiple sclerosis may be, it will always be necessary to treat the patient as well as the disease.” (McAlpine, 1972).
And in that respect, the day had much to offer. In addition to lectures from well-known neuroscientists, participants had the opportunity to attend workshops, visit labs, and engage in further discussions with those at the top of their fields. “Spurwechsel,” an exhibit from the DMSG Landesverbänden of North Rhine-Westphalia, was also on display.
Altogether, the day was a unique opportunity for those affected by MS to receive valuable information directly from scientists, and from with one another, which they can now use in their everyday lives. The day was unique for the scientists too, as it gave them a chance to learn directly from those most affected by MS and hear more about the needs of the patients their research revolves around.
The event was jointly organized by the NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence and the DMSG Landesverband Berlin e.V.

Brain Awareness Week Berlin ⁞ März 2019

Brain Awareness Week 2019 - A recap of this year's week of the brain.

The international week of the Brain - the “Brain Awareness Week” - took place from March 11th - 17th 2019 (http://www.baw-berlin.de/). This year once again the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin and NeuroCure presented together with various research institutions in Berlin a diverse program including lectures, workshops and movies for people of all ages.

In one of the well-attended workshops, pupils got the opportunity to explore nerve cells through a microscope or to encounter a magnetic resonance imaging unit and its field of application. In another workshop, the team of the mobile stroke unit (STEMO) explained the students everything important about strokes and their special needs for care and let them explore their unit, which consists of a CT-scanner inside a truck.

The Exhibition “The Beautiful Mind” at the Einstein Center Digital Future showed large sized photographs of nerve cells under the microscopes of labs all around the globe. By means of immunohistochemistry, they could show movements and change within certain cells.

We hope that you got the opportunity to take part in one of the events and we are looking forward to next year’s Brain Awareness Week!

 

Berlin Brains Lecture Series ⁞ March-May 2019

The "Berlin Brains" lecture series at URANIA is organized jointly by the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure, and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin. This lecture series increases the visibility of the neurosciences in Berlin and highlights the funding invested in these areas. In 2019 female neuroscientists from Berlin will present their work.

Previous "Berlin Brains" lecture series: 2015, 2016, 2018

 

International Literature Festival Berlin ⁞ September 05-15, 2018

This year at the 18th International Literature Festival in Berlin, neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Christoph Stein talked with Harald Staun about "The medicines of today are the drugs of tomorrow". The event took place in September 10, 2018 (9 pm) at the Kaminzimmer des Literaturhauses Berlin in the special series "The Politics of Drugs". The event was free to the public.

The promise of complete freedom from pain and the demands of a performance-oriented society have led to an unparalleled epidemic of opioid addiction in the USA. Every month, thousands of people die from an overdose. In Germany, too, overall consumption has increased at a similar rate. Although opioids are prescribed mainly for chronic pain, they do not have a significant impact on reducing it. What are the alternatives?

Christoph Stein is Director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and a member of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin. His research focuses on pain research and therapy, anesthesia, and opioid therapy.

Harald Staun is editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Sunday newspaper in Berlin and moderates the conversation.

The event was financially supported by the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Further information: www.literaturfestival.com

 

Soapbox Science ⁞ June 01, 2018

On Friday, June 1st, 2018 between 2 and 5 pm female scientists from different corners of the world stepped on a soapbox and fascinated the crowds with their passion for research. This was the third soapbox science event in Berlin.
This event was co-sponsored by NeuroCure and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin to support women in science.


Speaker 2018 (selected)

In this novel public outreach platform that promotes women scientists and transforms public spaces into arenas for learning and scientific debate, twelve female researchers will step onto their soapboxes to give talks to the public on topics from neuropathology and psychiatry, to physics and informatics, to ecology and climate impact!


Soapbox Science 2018 Berlin took place at:
Park at Gleisdreieck, Möckernstraße, Berlin

More information:

http://soapboxscience.org/soapbox-science-2018-berlin/

 

Long Night of the Sciences ⁞ June 09, 2018
During the Long Night of the Sciences www.langenachtderwissenschaften.de, researchers present their areas of expertise at scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam, show experiments, and are available to the interested public for questions. In 2018 the event took place on June 09, from 5 p.m. until midnight.

NeuroCure participated in the Long Night of the Sciences alongside with the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin. At our booth in the CharitéCrossOver building (CCO) on the Charité Campus Mitte we offered a quiz and activities for chrildren (painting and doing handicrafts).
Impressions of the Long Night of Sciences 2018
Results of the painting activities and visitors at the booth

 

Brain Awareness Week Berlin ⁞ März 2018

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign that informs about the progress and benefits of brain research. Every year in March, brain researchers present their work to the public and answer questions about the brain and about their research.

This year Brain Awareness Week Berlin took place from March 12-17. The event was jointly organized by the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin, the Center for Stroke Research Berlin, and the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. Admission for all events was free.

Participating Berlin science institutions presented a varied program during the action week, including lectures, workshops, and films for school children and adults. More information about the program is available at http://www.baw-berlin.de/.

Brain Awareness Week Berlin is financially supported by the DANA Foundation and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

 


 Book presentation in the Buchhändlerkeller and the exhibition "The Beautiful Mind" 

Lecture and workshop for school children

 

Berlin Brains Lecture Series ⁞ February-June 2018

The "Berlin Brains" lecture series at URANIA is organized jointly by the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin, and the Center for Stroke Research Berlin. This lecture series increases the visibility of the neurosciences in Berlin and highlights the funding invested in these areas. The next lecture series will take place in 2019.

Previous "Berlin Brains" lecture series: 2015, 2016, 2018

 

Soapbox Science @ Berlin Science Week ⁞ November 7, 2017

On Tuesday November 7th, 2017, 12 - 2 pm at the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz, Soapbox Science staged its second event in Berlin, this time as part of Berlin Science Week (see the 2017 highlights video). Visitors joined us for talks on subjects ranging from structural biology and neuroscience to ecology and climate change. This event, which was free to the public, was co-sponsored by NeuroCure, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin, and the IGB Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in support of women in science.

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Soapbox Science events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate; they follow the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middleman, no powerpoint slide, no amphitheatre – just remarkable women in science who are there to amaze you with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions you have been burning to ask.

Speakers:
Mariana Cerdeira, Wing Ying Chow, Teresa De Marzo, Sophie Dithmer, Anja Eggert, Constance Holman, Zara Khan, Katarzyna Winek

Photos: Cecilia Kruszynski

International Literature Festival Berlin ⁞ September 06-16, 2017

The 17th International Literature Festival Berlin took place from September 6 - 16th, 2017. Approximately 200 authors present their work at the festival every year. NeuroCure was represented this year in the "Science and the Humanities" section, which focuses on the presentation of scientific thinking, scientific results, and disputes. NeuroCure contributors in 2017 included:

06.09. / 09:00 pm / Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Dietmar Schmitz teaches us reverence for the brain.

07.09. / 06:00 pm / Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Ulrich Dirnagl and Jochen Müller: »Ich glaub, mich trifft der Schlag« Professor meets science slammer to talk about the brain.

12.09. / 06:00 pm / Buchhändlerkeller
John-Dylan Haynes talks about the brain's language: consciousness, art and subjectivity.

www.literaturfestival.com

 Dietmar Schmitz lehrt uns die Ehrfurcht vor dem Gehirn.
Dietmar Schmitz teaches us reverence for the brain.

Ulrich Dirnagl and Jochen Müller: »Ich glaub, mich trifft der Schlag«Ulrich Dirnagl and Jochen Müller: »Ich glaub, mich trifft der Schlag«.

 John-Dylan Haynes talks about the brain's language: Consciousness, Art and SubjectivityJohn-Dylan Haynes talks about the brain's language: consciousness, art and subjectivity.

 

Long Night of the Sciences ⁞ June 24, 2017
During the Long Night of the Sciences, researchers present their areas of expertise at scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam, show experiments, and are available to the interested public for questions. In 2017 the event took place on June 24, from 5 p.m. until midnight.

NeuroCure participated in the Long Night of the Sciences alongside the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin and the Center for Stroke Research Berlin. At our booth in the CharitéCrossOver building (CCO) on the Charité Campus Mitte interesting talks, short films, a quiz and the Science Slam were offered to the public.

Lectures presented in German
5:30 p.m.
Hospital on wheels – on the move with the stroke emergency mobile
In stroke, rapid diagnosis and initiation of therapy are crucial to a patient's well-being. Neurologist Dr. Alexander Kunz introduces research projects around the stroke emergency mobile and reports on experiences in the field.
6:30 p.m.
Brain and gut – the influence of the microbiota
The intestinal microbiota (intestinal flora) and its contribution to brain function and neurological diseases is currently a hot field in neuroscience research. Dr. Katarzyna Winek introduces the topic and presents the latest studies on the influence of the microbiota on the pathogenesis and prognosis of stroke.
7:30 p.m.
Of polar bears and humans - autoimmune brain diseases
Knut, the famous polar bear from the Berlin Zoo, suffered from an autoimmune disease of the brain. This non-contagious disease called "anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis" occurs in a similar form in humans. The clinical picture and its consequences are presented by Nina Wenke.
 

Charité Science Slam
18:00  Infectiology & Immunology
19:00  Regenerative Medicine
20:00  ***Neurosciences***
21:00  Final!
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www.langenachtderwissenschaften.de

NeuroCure booth at LNDW 2017 in the CCO building (Photos Stephan Niespodzia)

 

Polaroids LNDW 2017

 

Soapbox Science ⁞ June 4, 2017

On Sunday, June 4th, 2017 from 2 to 5 pm on the Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin hosted its very first Soapbox Science event. The event was co-sponsored in part by the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. These events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. The Soapbox Science platform aims to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists.

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Photos: Cecilia Kruszynski