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.

The next HITEC Sciene Slam will take place on 21 November 2019!

The winner of the HITEC Science Slam 2017 was...

.... 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 

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.

How to get there

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

  • an advanced scientific presentation workhop: storytelling techniques. As a HITEC doctoral researcher you need the basic course 'scientific presentation' (starter pack) in order to participate. Two workshops will take place (15./16.07.2019)
  • an individual one-to-one coaching: for those participants of the storytelling workshops who seriously think about being a slammer  (04./05.11.2019)

Step 1: Advanced scientific presentation

Do you want to further improve your presentation skills or do you want to go even one step further and think of becoming a HITEC science slammer? Then register for the course 'Scientific presentation - Storytelling'. The one-day-course is offered for a group of 12 participants each on two consecutive days.

The activity-based seminar, led by a theatre professional, provides participants the opportunity to use storytelling techniques in communicating their research to both scientific and general audiences. Participants connect a story to their core research, build the story, create suspense and anchor points of reference throughout the talk with their story. Additionally, participants identify a protagonist in the story and learn to 'chunk' or segment units of action in the talk.

Storytelling Techniques for Scientific Presentations - first course

Type: Scientific Presentation
Title: Storytelling Techniques for Scientific Presentations - first course
Date: 15.07.2019
Location: FZJ, Building 04.7 (ZB), Room 338
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
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Storytelling Techniques for Scientific Presentations - second course

Type: Scientific Presentation
Title: Storytelling Techniques for Scientific Presentations - second course
Date: 16.07.2019
Location: FZJ, Building 14.6 (PTJ), Room 239
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Booking: 
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