The HITEC Science Slams

In a science slam, scientists take to the stage to describe their research topics in an entertaining short presentation. The key is to present the topics so clearly and vividly that they can be easily understood by a non-specialist audience. At the end, the audience decides which “slammer” takes home the title. A HITEC Science Slam has taken place three times so far - last time on 30 November 2017.

And the winner is....

.... Aryak Singh, HITEC doctoral researcher at IEK-5 for his entertaining, funny and original presentation "The great escape" - linking photovoltaics with squatty potties in a perfect mixture of humour and science! He took home the title at the third HITEC Science Slam on 30 November 2017 in the Kulturbahnhof in Jülich. The second place went to Sabine Robrecht from IEK-7 - her talk "The lonely clark" was a perfectly drawn and enthusiastically presented story about sulphure particles that might stop global warming. Last but not least the third prize winner was Dieter Boeyaert from IEK-4: Yes, we can... find a solution for global energy supply was the motto of his thoughtful and at the same time entertaining talk.

All six young researchers who competed in the third HITEC Science Slam did a great job when telling fascinating stories about their research. It was a pleasure for the audience to see them on stage and we hope that there will be a repitition of this event in the future!

Read what the newspaper says about the event (article in German)

All participants of the third HITEC Science Slam:

Jörg Ackermann
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-9) / Forschungszentrum Jülich & RWTH Aachen University
Hamid Ahmad
University of Wuppertal
Dieter Boeyaert
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-4) / Forschungszentrum Jülich 
Apurv Dash
Institute of Energy and Climate and Climate Research (IEK-1) / Forschungszentrum Jülich
Sabine Robrecht
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-7) / Forschungszentrum Jülich
Aryak Singh
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-5) / Forschungszentrum Jülich 

How they got there

In order to prepare the participants well for slam, we offered

  • an advanced scientific presentation workhop: storytelling. HITEC doctoral candidate you needed the basic course 'scientific presentation' (starter pack) in order to participate. Two workshops took place place (16./17.10.2017)
  • an individual one-to-one coaching: for those participants of the storytelling workshop who seriously thought of being a slammer  (20./21.11.2017)

The second HITEC Science Slam

Ayaz Khan was the winner of the second HITEC Science Slam on 26 November 2015. After a thrilling head-to-head race of two doctoral candidates from the field of atmospheric research the young physicist from troposheric research, IEK-8, won the audience over with ‘My new DATING technique’. Very close on his heels was Corinna Kloss from the stratospheric field with her tale about ‘OCS and its honorable intentions’. Third was Sahir Naqash from the division of Materials Synthesis and Processing, IEK-1, with ‘Brown Batteries’ which - as he told us - are in fact green batteries.