Nicola Rother, Head of Berlin’s “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften”(English: Long Night of the Sciences), talks about solidarity as a motor, which happy thoughts give her sleepless nights, and what she is looking forward to most when the pandemic crisis is over.

Who are you and what is your profession?

My name is Nicola Rother, I run the office of the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” (LNDW).

What are you working on at the moment?

In autumn, we invite all interested institutions to participate and get the first potential sponsors excited about our event on 2 July 2022.

Can you describe your workplace in two words?

Anytime & anywhere.

What tools do you use to organise your ideas?

If not in the evening as a note in my calendar, then in the morning in the shower.

Which trend will influence your work the most?

The role of science in society, digitalisation, and climate change.

Who would you like to work with some day?

With entrepreneurs who are passionate about science, and want to promote the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften together with us.

Why Berlin Science Week?

The most important science format in Berlin… next to Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften.

What is your part in 2021’s 6th Berlin Science Week?

We get people excited about the next scientific highlight on July 2 2022.

What is your favourite spot in Berlin?

Wherever you have a good, unobstructed view to observe.

What are you currently reading?

The Think Link a Monk Principle by Jay Shetty. It’s about the meaning of life and wisdom.

Is there a takeaway from the pandemic that you would like to share?

Solidarity, sticking together, can save a lot. Thanks to our members, participating institutions and valuable partners, we managed the crisis well.

What keeps you up at night?

The thought of not having forgotten anything. And on the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, pure happiness about so many great inquisitive people.

In the future, you would like to…

…be able to hold a large event with personal encounters again after  the two years of crisis.

PS: What is the most delicious thing you ate this week?

A beekeeper’s honey. Finally not too sweet, but full of its own aroma of wonderful bees.