VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Photo: DGN/Thomas Hauss

Geistesblitze
Der Science Slam über das Gehirn
02.11.
main stage

Literature
German and English

What happens in the mind, when we love? How does music influence the brain? What do mirror neurons do?

A science slam is the perfect format for presenting neuroscience and neurology, not only in a relatable way, but in a very enjoyable one too.

In cooperation with the German Society for Neurology

With: Prof Dr. med. Ulrich Dirnagl, Dr. med. Theodor Rüber, Dr. phil. Andreas Blessing, Dr. Lars Dittrich, Dr. Kiara Aiello and Catarina Luis. Presented by: Rainer Holl

Prof. Ulrich Dirnagl, director of the Department of Experimental Neurology at the Charité in Berlin, is participating as a featured scientist in this year's slam with an out-of-competition contribution. This famous Berlin neurologist's slam revolves around the intestine and its contents. Allegedly, the microbiome in the intestine is to blame for diabetes and depression, arthritis and autism; it's even supposed to be able to influence our behaviour. Consuming “good bacteria”, e.g. in probiotic yoghurts, and receiving stool transplants are being praised seriously as therapies for a variety of medical conditions. Ulrich Dirnagl illuminates the intestine as a research object. What's wishful thinking, what's bad science and what's actually sound knowledge about the mysterious bacteria in our gut?

Dr. Theodor Rüber slams on music and the brain! What influence does music have on our brain? And which processes in the brain allow us to experience and enjoy music? While pursuing these questions, Rüber, research associate at the Department of Epileptology, University Hospital Bonn, also presents a musical interlude on the piano.

Dr. Andreas Blessing is a clinical neuropsychologist in Switzerland. His slam explores how memories are felt, how we acquire preferences and dislikes, and how these mechanisms also continue to function in people with memory disorders.

Dr. Lars Dittrich conducts research at the Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn and is well known in the slammer scene. His lively communication about science has earned him appearances on the Bill Nye the Science Guy Netflix show and on the The Big Bang Theory. In his slam, he addresses the question of what really happened to Sleeping Beauty and how an hourglass is related to our need for sleep.

Dr. Kiara Aiello is a neuroscientist from Venezuela who researches at the University of Jena. Her science slam is about how science communication works, what the cacophony of an orchestra has to do with it, and how it's possible to look inside people's heads while they're thinking. (slam in English)

Catarina Luis, a researcher from the Institute for Psychopharmacology in Mannheim, deals with the neurological basis of addictions. She and her assistant Freddie investigate questions such as why mice sometimes consume cocaine when lights turn on. (slam in English)

When Rainer Holl isn't performing himself as a poetry slammer on small and ever-larger stages throughout Germany, he hosts select science slams with wit, charm and pithy punch lines. He's now hosting the German Neurological Society's “Brainstorms Science Slam” for the second time.

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