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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.


Science in the Dinosaur Hall 2017

Do we need playgrounds for our livestock? How do we feed 7 billion people? And are insects the better flower breeders? As part of the 2017 lecture series "Science in the Dinosaur Hall" at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, scientists from disciplines as different as immunology, agricultural economics or farm animal research open up new perspectives, offer solutions to global problems, and outline new visions for the 21st century.

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Gene editing: On the way to the super plant?

24.10.2017, Berlin | More productive plants to combat the hunger in the world? Plants that protect themselves against insects? Robust plant types that defy climate change? Genetic engineering promises to make all of this possible. Thanks to the discovery of genetic “scissors” like CRISPR/Cas9, plant breeding is currently experiencing a revolution, for the method is fast, precise, and significantly less expensive than previous methods. But how exactly do genetic scissors work? What new plant types can be cultivated through genome editing? And are the new breeding methods really suited to making more precise interventions? Do we need new regulations to minimize the risks to our health and the environment? These questions will be addressed by the platform “Die Debatte” (The Debate) – online at www.die-debatte.org and live at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hanover on November 1, 2017, 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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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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