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Apokalypse! Forschung, Lösungen und Citizen Science (Bürgerwissenschaften)

LGBTQ STEM Berlin, Soapbox Science Berlin | Natalia Andrea Tarazona Lizcano, Maya Ben Yami, Chiara Pasquini, Terra Sztain, PhD, Betty Noriega-Ortega, Heather MURDOCk, Klaus Jäger

Wir sind die Ursache, lasst uns auch die Lösung sein  

Viele von uns sind überwältigt und besorgt über den derzeitigen Zustand unserer Erde. Dürren, Überschwemmungen und zunehmend extreme Wetterverhältnisse werden uns alle früher oder später treffen. Außerdem sind weitere Pandemien sehr wahrscheinlich. Durch diese multiplen Krisen fühlen sich viele Menschen wie gelähmt und unsicher über die Zukunft.

Aus diesem Grund haben sich Soapbox Science Berlin und LGBTQ STEM Berlin für die Berlin Science Week 2022 zusammengetan. In kurzen und verständlichen Vorträgen zeigen acht Expert*innen spannende und neue Ergebnisse aus der Wissenschaft und Fortschritte in den Bereichen Nachhaltigkeit, Abfallwirtschaft und Klimaforschung. Außerdem diskutieren wir, wie Citizen Science (Bürgerwissenschaften) zu diesen Themen beitragen können. Unsere Expert*innen freuen sich darauf, Ihre Fragen zu beantworten.

Kommen Sie zu uns, anstatt auf den Weltuntergang zu warten! Erfahren Sie, wie verschiedene Krisen unser Leben auch dann noch beeinflussen, wenn sie aus den Nachrichten verschwunden sind, und wie SIE in Ihrer Umgebung aktiv werden können.



Diese Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen des Berlin Science Week CAMPUS‚ statt. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht nötig. Einfach vorbeikommen! Wenn Sie jedoch an den CAMPUS Aktivitäten teilnehmen möchten, reservieren Sie sich bitte Ihr Ein- oder Zwei-Tagesticket hier. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Abhängig von den Sprecher*innen sind die Vorträge entweder in Deutsch oder Englisch.

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Berlin, Berlin 10115 Germany

Natalia’s research mission is to apply her knowledge of Microbiology and Molecular Biology to address challenges in the development of polymer-based materials for consumer and advanced applications, while making responsible use of natural resources. Furthermore, Natalia is keen to find new innovative applications to address global challenges in healthcare, energy, and the environment while supporting other early career researchers to grow in the field. The title of her talk is: “The plastics dilemma, how can microbes help us?”


Maya Ben Yami

Technische Universität München

Maya is a Doctoral Researcher at Technical University of Munich and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She is investigating what real-world data can tell us about interactions between climate tipping elements. More specifically, her work focuses on how the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation affects tropical precipitation. The title of her talk is: ”Climate tipping points”.

Chiara Pasquini researched as a PhD student at the Freie Universität on energy storage systems, in particular on catalysts for hydrogen production. Today, she works for a company that provides research and consulting services for European and global energy markets.

Decarbonizing our energy system is key to reach an emission-neutral world by 2050 and limit the irreversible damages to the planet’s ecosystems. Thus, developing a new sustainable energy production system is one of the biggest challenges of our century and requires implementation of new technologies, as well as a system and a mentality change. The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, as well as their build out rate are some of the limits. Hydrogen can be part of the solution, allowing to store renewables electricity and decarbonize hard-to-electrify sectors. To achieve this goal further improvements in hydrogen production efficiency are required.

The title of her talk is „Hydrogen production: how can we store energy using water?“

Terra Sztain, PhD

Freie Universität Berlin

Terra Sztain is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Artificial Intelligence for the Sciences Group, led by Frank Noé at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests are in understanding molecular structure and dynamics to guide design. Terra received her Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of California, San Diego, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, with Michael D. Burkart and J. Andrew McCammon. Prior to that, Terra graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys practising aerial silks, arts & crafts, and spending time with her pet bunny, Warren.

Biological processes occurring all around and inside of us involve billions of tiny molecules interacting in a highly dynamic fashion. These motions can be described mathematically to simulate and predict responses under given conditions. Using molecular dynamics simulations as a “computational microscope,” we were able to visualise how the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein opens so it can infect humans. This revealed an important glycan, or sugar molecule, that intercalates underneath and pushes open the receptor binding domain, so it can bind to ACE2 receptors on human cells. This offers a new avenue for targeting SARS-CoV-2, and treating COVID-19. Next, using machine learning, we have simulated the evolutionary landscape of the receptor binding domain, and discovered variants predicted to bind ACE2 better than circulating strains. These can guide design efforts towards a cross-variant, universal COVID-19 treatment.

Title talk:”Computational simulations of SARS-CoV-2″

Postdoctoral Researcher Artificial Intelligence for the Sciences Freie Universität Berlin.


Twitter: @Terrasztain

Betty Noriega-Ortega


Project Officer at the ECSA – European Citizen Science Association

Bio: Claudia is a political scientist by training having specialised in political theory who is now working at ECSA, the European Citizen Science Association. As a project officer for EU-funded citizen science projects, Claudia is currently the Project Manager of the “European Citizen Science” (ECS) project, building and growing the European citizen science platform and community, and is also involved in the European project Cos4Cloud that aims to boost technologies for Citizen Observatories to increase the quantity and quality of citizen science data. Claudia is keen to democratise science and create the necessary infrastructure to achieve that. Websites: and Twitter (not personal): and

Heather MURDOCk

University of Potsdam

Bio: Heather’s passion is urban infrastructure, water, and resilient communities. As a PhD Researcher at the University of Potsdam in the Institute for Environmental Science and Geography her work on disaster risk reduction is directly connected to these interests. Heather holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in her home country Canada and a MSc in Water Science and Engineering from IHE-Delft in the Netherlands. She is also a licensed professional engineer in Canada with 7 years of experience and has previously worked on flood adaptation and mapping projects for the public sector.

Talk Description: To reduce the impacts of floods we have many tools in our toolbox. One of these tools are Flood Early Warning Systems. When they work properly they can provide the public with timely and accurate information to move themselves and valuable objects out of harms way. They can improve life safety and reduce damage. In this talk, Heather Murdock will share insights from recent research on the performance of flood early warning systems in Germany and the outlook for innovation and improvements.

Klaus Jäger

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Klaus Jäger has been doing research on solar energy for 15 years and is currently deputy department head at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, where he leads optical simulations for solar cells. He has been active in science communication for many years because he is convinced that it is key to communicate with the general public about science in a clear way. Klaus is co-founder of LGBTQ STEM Berlin. Picture: Michael Setzpfandt

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