Excellence Slam - Science Live at the Arkadenhof

The Clusters of Excellence of the University of Bonn jointly invite you to the Excellence Slam on Monday, August 22, at 8 p.m. in the Arkadenhof of the University Main Building. The slam takes place one day after the finale of the Bonn Silent Film Festival and uses the festival's stage in the courtyard of the Baroque Palace.

How can machines paint plant pictures for the agriculture of the future? Are diseases pre-programmed? What role does culture play in varying lengths of maternity leave? How does light behave in a mirror maze? And what does transporting piles of sand actually have to do with modern data analysis? The six Clusters of Excellence at the University of Bonn are each represented by a scientist from their field. Their goal: to bring their research closer to a broad audience in a generally understandable and humorous way.

The small "competition" between the Clusters will be moderated by David Fußhöller. At the end, the audience votes - and the most popular slam wins.

Please note: The event and the slams will be held in German!

Registration and Date

Monday, August 22, 2022
Admission is from 7:30 p.m., the Science Slam starts at 8:30 p.m.

Arkadenhof of the University Main Building

Registration and Price
Admission to the event is free of charge. Registration is not required.

The Slammers

Barbara Boelmann
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Barbara Boelmann (ECONtribute)

Wind of Change? Culture and the Working Situation of Mothers

Children are one of the main drivers of income inequality between women and men. The crucial factor: Many mothers work less or not at all in the long term after the birth of their child, even today. But how do women make this decision, and what role does culture play? Why do East German mothers still return to work earlier than West German mothers? And what happens when East German culture meets West German culture? Barbara Boelmann, research associate in the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute, explores these questions in her Science Slam and sheds light on how important cultural imprinting during childhood is for mothers' return to work.

Andreas Redmann
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Andreas Redmann (ML4Q)

Trapped in the Mirror Maze - How Light Shows the Way

It can take a lot of tries to find the right way through a mirror maze. But if you go into the labyrinth with friends and everyone tries out a different path, it's easier to find the solution. This principle can be applied to the research in Cluster ML4Q, in which scientists trap light particles in a mini-maze of mirrors and observe the various ways in which the light can escape again. These paths can look very different and at the same time lead to several exits from the maze. Andreas Redmann follows the light at the Excellence Slam and analyzes how it can be used for quantum communication.

Nóra Balzer
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Nóra Balzer (ImmunoSensation2)

Are Diseases Pre-Programmed? - How Phagocytes Influence Our Future

A new baby in the family is something pretty magical. Most of all, we wish for good health for our descendants. Diseases and vaccinations train immune cells. But can the immune system already be influenced during pregnancy? Phagocytes develop very early in the embryo and are found throughout the body. In the liver, so-called Kupffer cells can cause disease during pregnancy, for example due to obesity. This can increase the risk of developing fatty liver as a child. What expectant mothers can do for the health of their child during pregnancy, and the role the immune system plays in this, will be highlighted by Nóra Balzer for ImmunoSensation2 at the Excellence Slam.

Lukas Drees
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Lukas Drees (PhenoRob)

Is This Art or Trash? How Machines Paint Plant Pictures for the Agriculture of the Future

Do you have to know something about art to teach machines to paint? The Science Slam by Lukas Drees, doctoral student in the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob, investigates the contribution that artificially generated plant pictures can make to the agriculture of the future. Because one thing is clear: Agriculture must change to feed the growing global community while using less fertilizer, water and pesticides. It would be very beneficial to be able to get a picture of tomorrow's plant today, in order to recognize at an early stage whether a plant needs to be fertilized or is being attacked by pests. Unfortunately, machines are not psychics or natural-born van Goghs either. But if you are patient with them, even a geodesist like Lukas can get them to paint pictures. Without any understanding of art at all - just mathematics, pattern recognition and a powerful computer.

Franca Hoffmann
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Franca Hoffmann (Hausdorff Center for Mathematics)

Unpredictable? - What Transporting Piles of Sand has to do with Modern Data Analysis

What do mathematicians actually do all day? They try to understand general structures behind what we perceive around us. These insights, often compactly presented in abstract language, open new doors to finding unexpected solutions to old familiar challenges. How it took more than 150 years to figure out the best way to move a pile of sand and what that has to do with modern data analytics, how smart slime molds can act as city planners, and how mathematical research is working to use swarm intelligence to compute uncertainties - while creating new transportation problems along the way - is what Franca Hoffmann of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics talks about.

Note on Photo and Film Footage

The University of Bonn will have photos and film footage taken that will be published on the internet, in print media and on social media channels as part of its public relations work. Please speak to our photographers and cameramen at the venue if you and/or your children do not wish to be photographed or filmed.

Contact and Organisation

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