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The BUA at the Berlin Science Week

Nov 01, 2021 - Nov 10, 2021

Events of the Alliance and its partners

Berlin Science Week will take place from November 1 to 10, 2021: Ten days under the sign of science.

Berlin Science Week will take place from November 1 to 10, 2021: Ten days under the sign of science.
Image Credit: Falling Walls Foundation

Ten days dedicated to science. From November 1 to 10, researchers and stakeholders from politics, society and science will exchange information about current research and discuss their role in meeting the challenges of our time at more than 500 events during Berlin Science Week. The Berlin University Alliance (BUA) and its partners Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin are also participating with their own events. Get to know the BUA and the research of its partners at the Berlin Science Week.

Events of the BUA
International BUA-funded research projects
Events of the Freie Universität Berlin
Events of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Events of the Technische Universität Berlin
Events of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Events of the BUA

November 5, 2021 | 12.00 – 14.00 |  Berlin Science Week Campus – Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Livestream German

Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft

Wie gelingt der vertrauensvolle Austausch auf Augenhöhe?

Die großen und komplexen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit können nur durch Kooperation und Austausch zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft und über Disziplingrenzen hinweg gelöst werden. Kunst und Kultur, Politik und Wirtschaft stellen oft ähnliche Fragen wie die Wissenschaft, kommen jedoch von unterschiedlichen methodischen und fachlichen Blickpunkten. Bürgerinnen und Bürger bringen wiederum ganz andere Perspektiven und Erfahrungen in die Diskurse ein.

Doch wie kann wissenschaftlich erarbeitetes Wissen mit Praxis-, Erfahrungs- und Alltagswissen verknüpft werden? Welche Rolle kann die Wissenschaft bei gesellschaftsrelevanten Diskursen spielen und wie? Welche Verantwortung hat die Gesellschaft gegenüber der Wissenschaft und umgekehrt? Wie zugänglich kann Spitzenwissenschaft sein und wie kann die Nachnutzbarkeit offen, aber auch sicher gestaltet werden? Wie transparent sind wissenschaftliche Prozesse und wie kann Gesellschaft in die Qualitätssicherung einbezogen werden?

Expertinnen und Experten aus Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft diskutieren mit BUA-Sprecherin und Präsidentin der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst über diese und weitere Fragen und tragen so zu einem Austausch zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft bei. Teilnehmende können eigene Impulse geben und über interaktive Tools die Diskussion mitgestalten.

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November 5, 2021 | 14.00 – 15.00 |  Berlin Science Week Campus – Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Livestream English

The Dance Floor is a Political Space!

A Knowledge Exchange on the Role of Clubs for Liberal and Open Societies

In recent years, Berlin and other comparable cities have sounded the alarm over the disappearance of alternative spaces and clubs as a symptom of a fundamental change in urban society. Gentrification, housing shortages, rising rents and changing demographics make it more and more difficult to find and maintain places that can serve as retreats for artists and marginalized communities alike. Often, however, such places are experimental spaces for social utopias, alternative forms of coexistence and interaction. In addition, they are places for innovation: culturally, technologically and socially. What does it mean for liberal societies when such places disappear, become less accessible or marginalized? How do they have to be designed? Can a society afford to lose such spaces? What can it do to retain them? In addition to artists, activists and audiences, what role can scientists, politicians or industry play?

Sébastien Tremblay, Historiker und Postdoc am Exzellenzclusters „Contestations of the Liberal Script - SCRIPTS“,  Katharin Ahrend von der Berliner Clubcommission, Musikproduzentin und Aktivistin Sarah Farina und die Künstlerin und Moderatorin Steph C dskiutieren diese und andere Fragen. Die BUA lädt zu einem spartenübergreifenden Wissensaustausch zwischen Theorie und Praxis, zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft ein. Die Teilnehmenden können eigene Impulse einbringen und sich mit interaktiven Tools an der Diskussion beteiligen.

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November 6, 2021 | 18.00 – 19.30 |  Berlin Science Week Campus – Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Livestream English

The Transformative Effect of Science


Since the start of the Scientific Revolution nearly five centuries ago our understanding of the world and our ability to manipulate it have massively increased. This has led to huge improvements in our capacity to harness energy, produce material goods, fight diseases and feed a rapidly growing population. Life expectancy and quality of life have greatly increased in many places and we have newfound abilities to travel and communicate across the world unimaginable to our ancestors.

But at the same time, this unprecedented growth has resulted in the destruction of ecosystems, resource depletion and pollution, the breakdown of traditional communities, as well as the emergence of existential risks such as global warming and the possibility of nuclear war. The question of how science is related to technology, innovation, practical application and growth is therefore central to addressing the many societal challenges that we face and to creating a sustainable future.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and spokesperson for the Berlin University Alliance (BUA), warmly welcomes Prof. Dr. Maria Leptin, President of the European Research Council (ERC), to Berlin. For Maria Leptin, who took up her post on November 1, 2021, it will be her first visit to the German capital in her new role. She will provide insight into her ideas for the ERC, explain why basic research is essential for research and how it contributes to the transformation of research and society. ERC grantees from the four network partners will present how their projects have a transformative effect.

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International BUA-funded research projects

Strategic partnerships with universities around the world enable BUA to collaborate even more easily in joint research projects or in the promotion of young researchers. This year at Berlin Science Week, the strategic partnerships will present themselves in different event formats.

Two collaborative groups funded under the partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and one collaborative project funded under the partnership with the University of Oxford present themselves in workshops.

The Future of Health Care for Older Adults Living in Urban Areas

November 5, 2021 | 10.00 – 11.30 |  Hybrid Workshop English

Worldwide, humans live longer, thus, the share of older adults increases. This leads to a shift in health care from acute diseases to chronic conditions and long-term care. Parallel, people live increasingly in urban areas. Population density and heterogeneity are high in urban areas; traditional family structures are less common. This poses challenges to the future of health care for older adults living in urban areas.

In this interactive workshop, we will present and discuss preliminary results from our project in the framework of the strategic partnership between the Berlin University Alliance and the National University of Singapore on health and social care needs of older adults living in urban areas. With short presentations, we will give you ideas and insights into the challenges of health care of the future. Together, we will discuss needs, threats and opportunities.

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Quantum Technologies on Small Satellites – QTX-5

November 8, 2021 | 10.00 – 12.00 |  Online-Workshop English

The focus of the QTX-5 workshop will be on quantum technologies for space application with talks and panel discussions covering recent developments and tests of quantum payloads and its enabling technologies.

The event is co-hosted by the QTX research forum led by Markus Krutzik from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibnizinstitut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, and Alexander Ling from National University of Singapore. The forum, funded in the framework of the strategic partnership between BUA and NUS, has previously met in Singapore (2018), Germany (2018), UK (2019), online (2020) and will now again take place virtually on Nov. 8th during the Berlin Science Week.

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Fair Platform Work For All – How Can Science and Practice Contribute?

November 5, 2021 | 18.00 – 19.30 |  Berlin Science Week Campus – Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Livestream English

In this workshop we present the findings of the Fairwork Project, which is commited to highlighting best and worst labour practices in the platform economy with a focus on Berlin/Germany. Come join us to engage and discuss how science, practice and customers can contribute to creating a fair and sustainable digital economy!

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Events of the Freie Universität Berlin

European Universities – driving the sustainable University of the Future
November 2, 2021 | 16.30 – 17.30 |  Virtual discussion | English

Una Europa PhD Slam
November 4, 2021 | 12.00 – 14.00 |  Science Slam Livestream | English

Mythos Muttersprache
November 10, 2021 | 19.00 – 21.00 |  Diskussion at Freie Universität Berlin and Livestream | German

Events of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Kunst als Katalysator – die Rolle der Kultur für den gesellschaftlichen Wandel
November 2, 2021 | 19.00 – 20.30 |  Discussion at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | German

Moderne Sklaverei – von Ausbeutung, Zwangsarbeit Flucht und Migration
November 3, 2021 | 19.00 – 20.30 |  Public talk at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | German

Mosse-Lecture: Beweglichkeit der Szene
November 4, 2021 | 19.00 – 20.30 |  Lecture from Prof. Dr. Juliane Vogel at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | German

Spoken Word: Die Sprache des Politischen
November 5, 2021 | 19.00 – 20.30 |  Performance at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | German

Medien und Kunst: Spoken Word in Performance, Film und Digitalen Medien
November 6, 2021 | 19.00 – 21.00 |  Event at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | German

Events of the Technische Universität Berlin

Queen’s Lecture with Sanam Naraghi Anderlini
November 1, 2021 | 17.00 – 18.00 |  Lecture at the Technischen Universität Berlin and Livestream | English

Climate Talk: Give The Future a Chance
November 5, 2021 | 14.00 – 15.30 |  Discussion at the Berlin Science Week Campus and Livestream | English

Climate:Lab #3: Kein Schweigen mehr im WALDE – mit mehr Biodiversität im Wald das Klima schützen
November 5, 2021 | 18.00 – 19.30 |  Diskussion at the Berlin Science Week Campus and Livestream | German

Events of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

A journey through the brain - Neuroscientists explain their research in the Humboldt Laboratory

November 1, 2021 | 18.00 – 20.00 | Lecture and guided tour froa Prof. Dr. Andrea Kühn und Dr. Lucia Feldmann | German

November 3, 2021 | 16.00 – 18.00 | Lecture and guided tour from Christian Ebner | German

November 4, 2021 | 16.00 – 18.00 | Lecture and guided tour from Dr. Prateep Beed | English

November 10, 2021 | 16.00 – 28.00 | Lecture and guided tour from Dr. David Owald / German