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We Demonstrate for an Inclusive Science!

Soapbox Science Berlin, LGBTQ STEM Berlin | Jasper Grendel, Nadia Elghobashi-Meinhardt, Alex Trettin, Diana Karina Alatriste González, Leona Nest, Marwa Shumo, Rachel Lippert, Eleftheria Saplaoura

Diverse Scientists for Diverse Research

A few scientists, an open park and you, and all the passersby that will be surprised by a scientific event… in the middle of a park? Yes, that’s right! A diverse group of scientists representing the diversity within academia talking about their work and experiences in a familiar and approachable way.

We know it’s cold, so bring your favourite warm drink and listen to the short (10’) talks, and ask all those questions you never dared to ask. Because SCIENCE IS FOR EVERYBODY! And we believe in a diverse and inclusive academia.

Group 1: 12:00 – 12:30

Dr. Jasper Grendel (DE/EN)

DE: “Gedächtnis mit Konfetti”
EN: “Memory with confetti”

Dr. Nadia Elghobashi-Meinhardt (DE/EN)

EN: “Cholesterol and rare disease: simulations reveal details of cholesterol metabolism”;
DE: “Cholesterin und eine seltene Krankheit: Simulationen decken Aspekte des Cholesterin-Stoffwechsels auf”


Group 2: 12:30-13:00

Alex Trettin (DE)

EN: “Hunting Ghost Particles at the South Pole”
DE: “Die Jagd nach Geisterteilchen am Südpol”

Diana Karina Alatriste González (EN)

EN: “Traffic inside the brain?: How do neurons resemble cities”
DE: “Verkehr im Gehirn?: Wie Neuronen Städte imitieren”


Group 3: 13:00-13:30

Leona Nest (DE/EN)

EN: “Laser slo-mo: How to see crystals vibrate”
DE: “Laser-Zeitlupe: Wie wir Kristalle schwingen sehen”

Marwa Shumo (EN)

EN: “Edible Bugs – The New Beef?”
DE: “Essbare Insekten – Das neue Rindfleisch?”


Group 4: 13:30-14:00

Dr. Rachel Lippert (EN): Q&A (EN/DE)

EN: “Food: The Master Brain Manipulator”
DE: “Nahrung: Meister der Gehirnmanipulatoren”

Eleftheria Saplaoura (EN)

EN: “How plants use Messenger to communicate with each other”
DE: “Wie Pflanzen Messenger nutzen, um miteinander zu kommunizieren”

Updates will be announced in our social media so be sure to follow us to stay tuned.

Science out in the park!

This is an in-person event at the Invalidenpark. Depending on covid regulations, the event might go online. Follow the social media channels of the organisers to stay updated.

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Jasper Grendel

Institute of Optobiology at Humboldt Universität

Obwohl immer noch viel Forschung um das Thema Gedächtniss herum stattfindet, glauben wir die Grundlagen ziemlich gut verstanden zu haben. Meine Arbeit befasst sich mit Grundlagenforschung in Tiere und beschäftige mich mit z.B. Mikroskopie, Massenspektrometrie und Datenanalyse. In meinem Vortrag werde ich Ihnen/euch erklären welches Prinzip hinter Gedächtniss steht und stelle mit Konfetti spielerhaft da was in unserem Hirn passiert wenn wir versuchen ein Fakt zu lernen, in diesem Fall mein Geburtstag. Diesen Vortrag ist geeignet für Kinder ab ~10 Jahre und Erwachsene. Even though a lot of research pursues further understanding of memory, we believe to have a quit good understanding of the basic principle behind it. My work consists of basic research in animals, where I apply microscopy, mass spectrometry and data analysis. In my presentation, I will explain the principle behind memory in an intuitive and interactive format with confetti to show what happens in our brain when we attempt to learn a fact, in this case my birthday. This presentation is suitable for kids from 10 years old and adults.

Nadia Elghobashi-Meinhardt

Institute of Chemistry TU Berlin

Nadia Elghobashi-Meinhardt received her Bachelor in Chemistry from Stanford in 1999, after which she moved to Berlin to complete her Master (2001) and PhD (2005) in theoretical chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin. She completed post-doc positions at the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin and at the University of Heidelberg before moving back to Berlin in 2011 to continue research at the Freie Universität Berlin. In her research, Dr. Elghobashi-Meinhardt simulates the molecular dynamics of complex chemical and biological systems to learn about atomic interactions. Using these computational methods, she can model cholesterol trafficking in mammalian cells to understand the cause of metabolism disorders. Currently, Dr. Elghobashi-Meinhardt is a staff scientist in the Molecular Biomodeling Group at the Technical University Berlin.

Alex Trettin

DESY Zeuthen

I’m a PhD student of elementary particle physics at the DESY institute in Zeuthen. I research the nature of elusive particles called “neutrinos” that barely ever interact with anything. Billions of them just passed through you reading this sentence just now! To have a chance of seeing them, one needs a giant detector. One such detector is the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, located deep in the Antarctic ice at the South Pole, which uses the glacier itself as the medium in which the neutrinos interact. I analyze data from IceCube to understand more about the neutrino’s peculiar properties.

Hi! I am Diana and I am a queer Biomedical Scientist. I was born and raised in Mexico City. After getting my bachelor’s degree, I moved to the Netherlands to pursue a master’s in Biomedical Sciences. The two years I spent there really had an impact on me, both academically and personally. Living in such an accepting society made me embrace my queerness, be proud of who I am, and at the same time, helped me navigate confidently throughout my academic career because I stopped wasting time repressing myself and became more productive. During my PhD I studied the transport of proteins within neurons and became fascinated by this complex process. Now, even though I am outside the academic world I still advocate for sustainable leadership in science and inclusion within academia

Leona Nest

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Plack Society (MPG)

I’m a master’s student in experimental physics about to finish my thesis at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society. For my work I use ultrashort laser pulses to see fast processes like crystal vibrations in solids. Understanding of those elementary processes is essential for advancing existing technologies such as photovoltaics and for developing new ones. In my talk I want to show you how we can drive and observe crystal vibrations with a series of laser pulses.

Marwa Shumo

ATB Potsdam

Insect farming is economical and environmentally sustainable, they are high in protein, and they live on agricultural waste. Dr. Marwa Abdel Hamid Shumo thinks: They are the best weapon to combat hunger. Insects can play a key role in enhancing food security for the following reasons. Insects have short life cycles with high and quick reproduction rates, are rich in protein, minerals and vitamins that are essential for human health. Recent studies revealed that edible insects are of an outstanding protein quality and contain several amino acids such as lysine, threonine and methionine with adequate quantities while such amino acids presence in cereal and legume based diets is limited. Not only for direct human consumption, but insects are also a suitable alternative to traditional livestock feed taking into consideration the fact that poultry, fish and pig industries are the fastest growing agri-business in many developing countries.

Rachel Lippert

German Insitute of Human Nutrion Potsdam-Rehbrücke

It’s fascinating to me the effect food has on the brain, but also the effect that our brain can have on deciding which foods we choose to eat. Do you ever wonder why you get mean or agitated when you’re hungry? Or why do you search for snacks when you’re stressed, or even don’t eat at all? We tackle hypotheses related to this in the lab every day using mouse models! If we can start to uncover how the brain both directs and responds to our food environments, we can better understand behavior, but potentially also ask new questions about the connection of our energy state, i.e. how hungry we are, to brain function. ‘You are what you eat’ is a saying, and we are trying to understand how the brain, and the food we eat, interact to make this happen.

Eleftheria Saplaoura

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

I am a molecular biologist from Greece, currently working as a postdoctoral researcher with interest in RNA biology. Plants, like humans, consist of multiple cells but plants cannot move and do not have a central nervous system. Therefore, in order for plant cells to communicate and coordinate their growth they need to exchange signals via a robust communication system. Phloem is the tubing system that connects the whole plant, from roots to flowers, and transports nutrients and signals. Interestingly, messenger RNAs (mRNA) are one of the mobile signals, but the exact mechanism and selection of what is transported is still unclear. An mRNA carries the genetic information to make a protein; it is the RNA version of a gene. As signals, they control many aspects of plant development and understanding this mysterious mechanism of cell-to-cell communication might help us adjust farming to climate change.

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