Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale



Mikro, Makro, Market?

23.03.2018, Berlin | “It’s the economy, stupid!” – this was the slogan of U.S. presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992. What he meant was the importance of economic processes for all areas of society. For some the market is the best possible means of governing modern states, for others it is evil incarnate. We talk about the power and sensibility of the markets, of free and fair trade. The current economic system of “unfettered capitalism” has come under criticism. How exactly does “the system” work? Can it actually be made to align with ideas of justice? Is free trade even compatible with a free society? These questions will be discussed by the economist Martina Metzger and the economic researcher and author Heiner Flassbeck on April 23, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., during the salon “Mikro, Makro, Market?” at the Komische Oper Berlin.






Live Debate: What to Do When Kidneys, Livers and Hearts Are Getting Scarce?

09.03.2018, Berlin | While more than 10,000 people in Germany are desperately waiting for a donor organ, the number of organ donors decreases every year. In 2017, it was 797, the lowest number in twenty years. What are the reasons for people’s reluctance to donate organs? Is it due to a lack of education, advertising or trust in the system? Do we need new incentive systems or might new rules increase people’s willingness to donate? Are there alternative research approaches that could make human-to-human organ donations superfluous? These questions will be addressed by the platform “The Debate“ online at and live on March 23, 2018, at 7 p.m., at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Berlin. Join us for the discussion!




Big Data Means Big Responsibility. The Use of Data in the Healthcare Sector

24.02.2018, Erlangen | The digitalization of medicine is making big strides. The integration of previously distinct areas (clinical data, lifestyle data, genomic data, etc.) aims to improve prognosis, early prevention, and customization, and to broaden participation. To this end, biomedical, biostatistical, and bioinformatics technologies are systematically integrated. What are the opportunities and challenges of the digitalization of the healthcare sector – especially with regard to social ethics and social law? This question is at the heart of a Science & Society Session entitled “Big Data Means Big Responsibility,” which will take place at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) on March 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. The public session is part of a workshop on “Imaging in Medicine: Algorithms – Systems – Applications,” which will be held at FAU on March 11–13, 2018.



Visions of Synthetic Biology

16.02.2018, Berlin | Life is what you make it – this is the motto of synthetic biology. In its most radical projections, biological systems are assembled and redesigned to perform completely different functions: organisms that are able to detect and neutralize toxins, effectively fight cancer, and replace oil-based production with bio-based production. On March 15, 2018, at 7 p.m., the Young Academy, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Schering Stiftung co-host an evening lecture in Berlin with Dr. Petra Schaper-Rinkel from the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna. The innovation researcher talks about developments in synthetic biology, how society can co-create these developments, and what that means politically and socially.

Petra Schaper-Rinkel

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Digital Childhood – The Earlier, the Better?

26.01.2018, Berlin | Smartphones, tablets, computers, gaming consoles – children are confronted with digital media at an increasingly early age and on a daily basis. Scientists have only recently begun to study how children grow up, live, and learn in the digital age. To what extent does early media use influence child development? When is media consumption harmful, and where does it offer opportunities? What can parents do right, and where can they go wrong? How and from what age should digital media be used in kindergartens and schools? These questions will be addressed by the platform “The Debate”: online at and live on February 8, at 7 p.m., at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Braunschweig. Join us for the discussion!




Lecture Series Cell Communication

02.02.2018, Berlin | In the 2017/2018 winter term, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences at HU Berlin invites the public to a colloquium on “Cell Communication.” The colloquium features six lectures by high-profile international scientists who draw on their current research to present the entire spectrum of cell communication, from cells communicating across long distances to direct cell-to-cell communication. Communication can take place between cells of the same type as well as been different cell types of an organism or different organisms. On March 1, 2018, at 4 p.m., Dr. Shelly Tzlil from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, will give the fourth lecture in the series and talk about Mechanical communication in cardiac cell beating.”





Unboxing Photographs: Work in the Photo Archive

15.01.2018, Berlin | From February 16 through May 27, 2018, the National Museums in Berlin will present the exhibition “Unboxing Photographs: Work in the Photo Archive” at the Library of Art History at the Kulturforum. The project, which was developed by the Collection of Photography of the Library of Art History and the Collection of Classical Antiquities, both National Museums in Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage, together with the Photo Library of the Art Historical Institute in Florence – Max Planck Institute and the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University of Berlin, wants to explore alternative possibilities of presenting photographs, highlighting their three-dimensional character.

Unboxing Photographs, negative films, Hahne-Niehoff-Archive, HU Berlin



Art with neuroscience on a par

17.11.2017, Berlin | In June 2017, the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience launched an open call inviting artists to approach cutting-edge research questions in computational neuroscience from an artistic perspective. The open call was headlined “On Display – An Artistic View on Computational Neuroscience. ” In October, the Berlin-based Japanese artist Yutaka Makino was selected by an international jury of renowned professionals in science and art. Makino has an extensive interdisciplinary artistic profile at the intersection of art, music, philosophy, architecture and not least science. Over the course of the next months, he will be working closely with researchers from the Bernstein Network. The project’s outcome will be presented to the public at a Science & Society Session, funded by the Schering Stiftung, at the Bernstein Conference in Berlin on September 26–28, 2018.




Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest

11.10.2017, Berlin | The forest is a myth – sung and romanticized by artists in all epochs and regions. It is a place of longing, a living environment, and a resource. For nineteenth-century naturalists, it was also a site of knowledge. But what does the (rain) forest look like today? How have humans changed this ideal habitat acccording to their needs and destroyed the finely calibrated interplay between the species? Vice versa, what insights do we have today about humans serving as an integral part of this fruitful system? From the perspective of natural science, is the separation of nature and culture still tenable in the anthropocene? These questions will be addressed by the exhibition “Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest,” which is curated by Anna-Sophie Springer and Etienne Turpin and will open at the Center for Natural History in Hamburg on November 9, 2017.

Trans-Amazonian-highway under construction



Alexandra Bachzetsis: Private Song

20.12.2017, Berlin | For the choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis, the communication systems that define our modern culture – pop music, the mass media, and the Internet – are the true sources of modern and contemporary dance.* At the invitation of documenta 14, Bachzetsis has developed a new work which premiered in Athens and will now be presented in Basel on January 24 and 25, 2018. In August 2018, it will also be performed at the Volksbühne in Berlin.

Alexandra Bachzetsis, Private Song, Photo Nikolas Giakoumakis




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