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Dialogue with Science

Science makes an important contribution to the development of our society. In the public perception, however, it embodies not only progress but is also felt to be a threat to human safety and security. The more the sciences noticeably change the conditions of our lives, the more they are called upon to enter into a constructive dialogue with society. In order to enable citizens to actively participate in this discussion, it requires a broad science education and an understanding of scientific research. The Ernst Schering Foundation pursues these objectives through a variety of initiatives. It organizes and supports science lectures for a wider audience, holds public discussions and symposia on controversial scientific topics, and promotes science communication in Germany. As part of its programs on science education, it helps get children and young people excited about science at an early age.


Lecture Series: Life in Numbers - with Rob Phillips

04.10.2017, Berlin | During the 2017 summer term, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences at HU Berlin hosts the colloquium “Life in Numbers.” The colloquium features lectures by outstanding international scientists who present their current research in the field of quantitative biology. On October 12, 2017, at 4 p.m., Rob Phillips from the California Institute of Technology, USA, will give a talk entitled Drunken Sailors, Coin Flips and How to Read Genomes.” He will show how simple tools from statistical physics can be used to predict the level of expression of different genes, and describe precision measurements used to test those predictions. In addition, he will describe unexpected ways of using the physics of information transfer first developed at Bell Labs for thinking about telephone communications to try to decipher the meaning of the regulatory features of genomes.

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Lecture Series: Life in Numbers - with Johan Elf

04.09.2017, Berlin | During the 2017 summer term, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences (IRI) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin hosts the colloquium “Life in Numbers.” The colloquium features lectures by outstanding international scientists who present their current research in the field of quantitative biology. On September 7, at 4 p.m., Johan Elf from Uppsala University, Sweden, will give a talk entitled Probing intracellular kinetics at single molecule sensitivity." Elf is particularly interested in how key steps in transcription, translation and replication are regulated in the intracellular environment and at what level of physical detail these processes need to be modelled to describe their function in the living cell. To answer these questions, he uses state-of-the-art single molecule microscopy methods to study kinetics and diffusion in living cells.


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The Debate – The Power of Opinion Polling

01.08.2017, Berlin | The political year 2017 is edging towards its climax: the federal elections on September 24. Who we vote for depends on a variety of factors, and predicting the results is much more difficult today than it was even a few years ago. Is opinion polling in crisis? Or is it more powerful than ever in influencing our voting decisions? These and other questions around the power of polls will be discussed as part of the platform “The Debate” at the Lecture Hall Ruin of the Charité Berlin on August 31, at 7 p.m.

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In the Case of Side Effects, Please Consult Your Algorithm

01.08.2017, Berlin | Will we lead longer and better lives as a result of personalized pills and nanorobotics? How will artificial intelligence influence the medicine of the future? And where to put all the data and information? These and other questions will be addressed by a Digital Salon entitled “In the Case of Side Effects, Please Consult Your Algorithm,” which will be held at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society on August 30, at 7 p.m.

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Digital Salon: A Soft Spot for Cyborgs

22.05.2017, Berlin | Smart robot hands, artificial legs, printable organs: Are implants the panacea of the future? Where does 3D printing lead us, and what are the legal consequences? These and other questions will be addressed during a Digital Salon entitled “A Soft Spot for Cyborgs,” which will be held at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society on June 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.

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Long Night of the Sciences at the Ernst Schering Foundation

23.05.2017, Berlin | The Ernst Schering Foundation participates for the first time when more than 70 science institutions in Berlin and Potsdam open their doors for the Long Night of the Sciences 2017 on June 24, from 5 p.m. until midnight. In its interior courtyard, the Foundation offers exciting neuroscience lectures on visual perception and human consciousness. In addition, there are guided tours of the exhibition “Retreat into Darkness: Towards a Phenomenology of the Unknown” by Ivana Franke and inspiring conversations. An evening with Anil Seth, Michael Pauen, Melanie Wilke, Philipp Sterzer, Ivana Franke, and Elena Agudio.  

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The Debate – Facts, Research, Positions

26.04.2017, Berlin | Fake news, alternative facts, conspiracy theories – the public debate on many topics challenges or ignores scientifically proven facts; public discussions on controversial issues are rarely fact-based or enriched with scientific background knowledge. Therefore, the initiative Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue), the Science Media Center Germany, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig have launched the platform “The Debate.” It offers a space for discussing controversial science topics and scientific perspectives on socially relevant and much-debated topics. This happens in the form of live debates, factual videos, multimedia information tools, and interviews. The first live debate, on May 19, 2017 at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Braunschweig, will deal with the topic of “Self-Driving Cars.”

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Lecture Series: Life in Numbers

31.05.2017, Berlin | During the 2017 summer term, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences (IRI) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with support from the Ernst Schering Foundation, hosts the colloquium “Life in Numbers.” The colloquium features lectures by outstanding international scientists who present their current research in the field of quantitative biology. June will see two lectures in the five-part series: On June 1, at 4 p.m., Peter Lénárt from the EMBL in Heidelberg will give a talk entitled “The same, only different: How does the cytoskeleton adapt to meisosis-specific functions?,” and on June 22, at 4 p.m., Joe Howard from Yale University, USA, will talk about “Microtubules, motors, and morphogensis.” The IRI Colloquium is aimed at students, doctoral candidates, researchers as well as the interested public.


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What Drives Us Apart – Hate Speech in the Digital Age

05.04.2017, Berlin | The internet and the social media have made political and personal diffamation an everyday occurrence. So-called hate speech is malicious, direct and often not even anonymous anymore. The inciters gain adherents, and their hatred is shared. However, hatred is not a media but a societal problem. On April 21, 2017, the Ernst Schering Foundation and the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor will host a discussion evening on this topic.

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Science in the Dinosaur Hall 2016

02.01.2016, Berlin | How does my internal clock determine my daily rhythm? What is living in the deep sea? Can plants communicate? These and many other questions will be answered by scientists from disciplines as different as marine biology, ecology, chronobiology, and psychology in a lecture series entitled “Science in the Dinosaur Hall” at the Natural History Museum in Berlin. They will take us into foreign worlds, solve mysteries of nature, and vividly explain abstract phenomena.

The lecture series “Science in the Dinosaur Hall” is co-organized by Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Natural History Museum in Berlin, and the Ernst Schering Foundation. Together, we invite you to eight evening lectures in the Dinosaur Hall, which will take you into the fascinating world of science. Following the lectures, you will have the opportunity for an exclusive visit to the museum until 10 p.m.

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