4 May 2017, No. 08/2017

The Long Night of Ideas:
Explore the international world of research

Science Slam at the WissenschaftsForum

From climate change and the protection of the world’s oceans to democracy research and digitalisation, all the way to genetic engineering and energy – today’s global challenges are enormous and raise entirely new questions and issues for us. What ideas and solutions does science offer? In what areas is research driving social discussion and change throughout the world? International students, scientists and funding organisations will be offering insights into current projects and new approaches at the WissenschaftsForum in Berlin on 12 May as part of the Long Night of Ideas being conducted by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and its partners.

The evening will revolve around a Science Slam where six young international scientists will present the focus of their research work – briefly and concisely in ten minutes, in an entertaining way, and most importantly: in a way that is easy to understand even for an audience with no specialist knowledge. At the end of the evening, the audience will decide which lecture was the most instructive and entertaining, and will choose the evening’s winner.

In addition to the Science Slam, visitors will also have the opportunity to view short films to learn more about science and research and gain insights into Germany’s research promotion and funding activities that are part of the country’s cultural and education policy.

The participants at the Science Slam:
Fellows and alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), moderator: Philipp Schrögel

Friday, 12 May 2017 from 6:00 to 11:00 pm
Science Slam: first block starts at 7 pm, second block at 8:30 pm, final round at 10 pm

WissenschaftsForum Berlin am Gendarmenmarkt
Markgrafenstraße 37
10117 Berlin

The event is being organised with assistance from the German Federal Foreign Office by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in cooperation with the organisations represented in the WissenschaftsForum: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), Max Planck Society (MPG) and the German Climate Consortium (DKK).

Closing Party for the Long Night of Ideas:

Friday, 12 May 2017 from midnight on

am Krögel 2
10179 Berlin

Press contacts:
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Teresa Havlicek/Nina Hafeneger

Anke Sobieraj

Information on the Long Night of Ideas (in German):

Menschen bewegen - Die Lange Nacht der Ideen

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 54 Nobel Prize winners.


Teresa Havlicek
Nina Hafeneger
Press, Communications and Marketing
Phone: +49 228 833-423/-450
Fax: +49 228 833-441

Georg Scholl
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Phone: +49 228 833-258
Fax: +49 228 833-441