Berlin Science Week turned the city into a laboratory for social dialogue
Berlin Science Week turned the city into a laboratory for social dialogue.
The annual Berlin Science Week took place from November 1st to 10th, turning the city into a laboratory for social dialogue. With its slogan of “Dare to know”, it brought together scientists from across Germany for a cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange about sustainability while promoting new ideas that will influence future generations (including how we tackle issues like climate change). Now in its 6th year, Berlin Science Week was established in conjunction with the annual Falling Walls Science Summit, which takes place in Berlin from November 7th to 9th.
Humboldt Labor Berlin Science Week
No matter how complex science may be, it must remain understandable and accessible.
Ulrike Grote, the Berlin Senator for Science, Healthcare, and Equality, welcomed the guests to this year’s Berlin Science Week 2022 by saying, that “no matter how complex science may be, it must remain understandable and accessible. As Berlin’s Senator for science, I am grateful that our scientific institutions are diverse and international, and do not conduct research in ivory towers but remain accessible to all citizens. The Berlin Science Week is an outstanding example of this. It’s all about bringing science and society into dialogue with each other”. She also mentioned that to achieve the United Nations’ SDGs, forward-looking contributions from all scientific disciplines will be required in Berlin and beyond. Various scientific institutions and researchers are already collaborating on the cross-disciplinary coalition agreement with the Climate Change Center and setting a great example.
Ulrike Grote in Berlin Science Week
The world is in crisis mode, but there is a light of hope: Berlin Science Week shows how science can positively shape the world of tomorrow.
Berlin Science Week demonstrates how science can positively shape the world of tomorrow
Jürgen Mlynek, the coordinator of Berlin Science Week reinforced this point, adding:“We have made it clear how important science is to the city and state of Berlin, but in the end, it can only be done together […]. The world is in crisis mode, but there is a light of hope: Berlin Science Week shows how science can positively shape the world of tomorrow.”
14 international organizations, including the Bayer Foundation, FUTURE Institute for Sustainable Transformation, Science Foundation Ireland, ETH Zurich, NUVISAN, and representatives from the embassies of Ireland and Mexico, presented excellent research. The contributors ignited engaging conversations on today’s most important challenges, and showcased cutting-edge, interactive methods to make innovation accessible to all.
Via interactive formats stretched across virtual reality (VR) experiences, gamified events, panel discussions, lectures, and exhibitions, these exceptional contributors explore cutting-edge topics like the pandemic, green medicine, artificial intelligence (AI), climate change, genetic code, lunar exploration.
Berlin Science Week material legacies
Planetary Health & Sustainability
As part of Berlin Science Week, and in alliance with the Humboldt University, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin served as the hub of the program, on November 4th and 5th, surrounded by discoveries that have advanced scientific understanding, such as the fossils of Brachiosaurus Brancai and T-Rex. The campus enabled a place to gather and engage with research to make science approachable and tangible for everyone, from kids to adults.
The focus for this year’s two campus days was “PARADIGM SHIFT. CO-CREATING A SUSTAINABLE NOW!” were all about multi-perspective approaches and participative activities such as Material Shapes the Ages, Catalysis Laboratory, Science Food and Späti shopping experience by the bioeconomy for a sustainable future. Berlin Forscht Mit - The Research Forum Berlin, Berlin University Alliance asked during on-site activities visitors which themes are relevant for research from their perspective using mime and clowning, two traditional theater approaches. These concepts and issues will be gathered, and some of them will be selected for research.
With over 20,000 participants, 600 contributors, 400 speakers, and 200 events, Berlin Science Week is fast becoming one of the most popular science events. Berlin Science Week has initiated a collaboration between Berlin and Zurich, fusing the inventive energy of both cities, and presented a wide range of exciting themes.
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