SciencePub Heidelberg

Seit dem Sommersemester 2022 findet auch in der wunderschönen Universitätsstadt am Neckar ein SciencePub statt. Wenn ihr schon immer einmal eure ProfesorInnen in einer entspannten Atmosphäre kennenlernen oder einfach einmal in andere Fachbereiche hineinschauen wolltet, seid ihr an vier Abenden im Semester im Café Leitstelle (Emil-Maier-Straße 16, 69115 Heidelberg; "Alte Feuerwache") herzlich willkommen.

Ab sofort werden wir im Semester regelmäßig ForscherInnen einladen, mit euch ihre aktuelle Arbeit zu teilen oder einfach nur auf allgemeinverständliche Weise über ihr Fachgebiet zu sprechen. Und dabei könnt ihr ganz entspannt ein Bier oder einen Cocktail genießen!

Eintritt ist natürlich frei.

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Wintersemester 2023/24

16.01.2024: 19 Uhr, Cafe Leitstelle

SciencePub: Preparedness and Prevention of Infectious Diseases driven by Climate and Environmental Change

Abstract: Climate change threatens the health of planetary ecosystems and global population through multifaceted pathways. Among the more well known mechanism, it catalyzes the risk of infectious diseases in people spread by insects, reservoir animals or in the environment. Strategies to adapt to these risks involve improved preparedness systems for early infectious disease outbreak detection, integrated surveillance prediction systems, but more rarely illustrate potential to reduce the risks upstream. In this talk, we will discuss how modelling can help identify opportunities for upstream risk reduction and how novel surveillance, citizen science, and nature-based solutions can be viable tools for the prevention of infectious diseases.

Prof. Dr. Joacim Rocklöv only recently came to Heidelberg University from Sweden after being awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship of The Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He is epidemiologist, modeler and data scientist and works at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH) as well as the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing (IWR).


12.12.2023: 19 Uhr, Cafe Leitstelle

SciencePub: Lighting up AI: can photonics revolutionize machine learning?

Abstract: Immense progress in artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming everyday life – at the cost of unsustainable power consumption. Exponentially growing demand for higher and higher data rates and lower and lower latency is driving the development of not only new computing approaches, but entirely new platforms for information processing.  Photonic circuits which use light instead of electrons are one promising candidate platform where optical signals are processed in analogy to currents and voltages in integrated electrical circuits. We will explore how one can compute with light and why that may be a good idea for next-generation AI.

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice works with his research group at the Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics (Heidelberg University) on brain-inspired hardware. Together, they try to come up with new ideas for information processing and for building prototypes in the lab.


21.11.2023: 19 Uhr, Cafe Leitstelle

SciencePub: „Keine Experimente!“ – Understanding ‚Experiment Aversion‘

Abstract: The last twenty-five years have seen the rise of evidence-based policy-making. Its most avid practitioners have been enthusiastically embracing the idea of purposeful policy experimentation for social ends, and economists have been perfecting the experimental toolbox. There is emerging evidence, however, that the general public is averse to social experimentation, and strongly so. Such ‘experiment aversion’ could seriously limit our ability to fully exploit experimental evidence for better policies. What exactly do social scientists mean by ‘experiment aversion’? And is it really a threat to evidence-based policy-making? – We will find out.

Prof. Timo Goeschl is professor for environmental economics at the Alfred-Weber-Insitute at Heidelberg University and board member of the Heidelberg Centre for the Environment. He was a consultant for numerous public and private organizations including the World Bank and the German parliament. His current research focusses on the economics of climate change.


25.10.2023: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePubQuiz: A SciencePub Special Edition

Join us for an unforgettable night of knowledge and fun at SciencePubQuiz!

Are you ready to put your scientific smarts to the test and have a blast while doing it? Join us for a special edition of the SciencePub: the first juFORUM SciencePubQuiz in Heidelberg!

Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the realms of science, from the mysteries of the cosmos to the wonders of the human mind. Whether you're a seasoned scientist or just a curious explorer, there's something for everyone at our SciencePubQuiz.

What to Expect:

✨ Engaging and Mind-Boggling Quiz Questions

✨ Friendly Competition with Fellow Science Enthusiasts

✨ A small Prize for the Top Team

✨ Refreshing Drinks at Cafe Leitstelle

✨ Fascinating Discussions with Like-Minded Individuals

Round up your friends, colleagues, or fellow science aficionados, and put together a team that's ready to conquer the quiz! Don't miss out on this chance to test your knowledge, make new friends, and celebrate the wonders of science.

See you at SciencePub Quiz - Where Science Meets Entertainment! :)

Weitere Termine:

Im Wintersemester 2023/24 wird der SciencePub an folgenden Terminen stattfinden:

  • 12.12.2023 (Dienstag): Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice, Kirchhoff Institut für Physik
  • 16.01.2024 (Dienstag): Prof. Dr. Joacim Rocklöv and Dr. Marina Treskova, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health & Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing: “Preparedness and Prevention of Infectious Diseases driven by Climate and Environmental Change"

Die Speaker werden hier nach und nach bekanntgegeben werden.

Sommersemester 2023

18.07.2023: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePub: Emergence of collective behavior, atom by atom

Abstract: "Collective behavior, that results in phenomena that are not immediately obvious from the properties of the constituents are ubiquitous in nature. In quantum physics, this explains astonishing properties of liquids and solids at low temperatures, such as superconductors in which current flows without resistance.
In our experiments we investigate how such collective behaviour emerges as we increase the size of our quantum systems, atom by atom. We start by exploring the antisymmetric exchange property of two fermions that gives rise to what is known as the Pauli principle, and find fluid behavior as we increase the system size to about 10 atoms."

Prof. Dr. Selim Jochim works at the Physikalisches Institut (Heidelberg University) on ultra-cold quantum gases. In his lab, several experiments on fundamental properties of quantum systems are carried out. Sandra Brandstetter is a PhD student in the group of Prof. Jochim working on 2D Fermi gases. 

20.06.2023: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePub: The Puzzles of Climate Policy

Abstract: "Climate policy measures and the market mechanisms behind them sometimes function in the opposite direction or quite differently than intended by policymakers or expected by consumers: Solar panels may make economic sense, but lead not to CO2 reduction in Europe. Neither does flying in Europe or buying green electricity, while driving less does, at least at present. We need to rethink climate protection: less moral appeals to individuals, and instead better political frameworks and more trust in markets that will make climate protection economically viable."

Prof. Achim Wambach is the president of the ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung in Mannheim. According to FAZ, he is among the 30 most influential economists in Germany. Currently, he is part of the scientific advisory board of the German federal ministry of economics and climate protection and used to be head of the federal monopoly commission. At ZEW, he works on market design (especially with respect to mitigating climate change) and monopolies. Prof. Wambach has a PhD in physics from the University of Oxford, which he received before changing to economics.

16.05.2023: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePub: Quantentechnologie – vom Urknall zur Ozeanographie und wieder retour

Darum geht es: "Moderne Quantentechnologien erlauben uns heute Experimente im Labor durchzuführen, die noch vor wenigen Jahren unvorstellbar waren. Ich will Einblicke geben wie die einzigartige Kontrolle von Materie mit Licht neuartige Möglichkeiten eröffnet und jetzt erlaubt sowohl das Alter von Wasser zu bestimmen als auch die Frage nach der Teilchenproduktion direkt nach dem Urknall zu klären."

Prof. Dr. Markus Oberthaler forscht an Quantensystemen am Kirchhoff Institut für Physik der Universität Heidelberg. Seine Forschung reicht von Bose-Einstein Kondensaten bis hin zu Klimaforschung mittels Isotopenanalyse. Er arbeitet außerdem an Quantensimulatoren, die zum Beispiel zur Erforschung des frühen Universums beitragen sollen. Den SciencePub Vortrag wird er auf Tirolerisch und Denglisch halten.

25.04.2023: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePub: Viral Hepatitis and Beyond - Basic Research and Cure

Abstract: You likely know about the ABC of hepatitis viruses– or so you think. But have you ever heard of hepatitis E or G? And that you can get hepatitis by drinking water or eating undercooked pork? We will discuss the many ways of how you can be exposed to the alphabet of hepatitis viruses and the wide spectrum of diseases they cause, all of which are called “hepatitis”.

We will then have a closer look at the molecular level of infection. The very first hours of an infection often are a literal race for victory. We will present examples of the many strategies viruses have developed to outsmart the antiviral defense program built right into every single cell of our body. Ultimately, we want to lay out how researchers aim to apply their findings to therapeutically redirect the immune system such that it may even gain control over chronic infections again.

Dr. Marco Binder is working at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg on cell-intrinsic anti-viral signaling and viral replication. He and his team deal with viruses such as Hepatitis and SARS-CoV2 (the coronavirus). In case of the coronavirus, they studied the interplay between the virus and the cellular defense machinery.

Dr. Viet Loan Dao Thi is working at the Center of Integrative Infectious Disease Research  at the University Hospital in Heidelberg on hepatitis E virus-host interactions. They use stem cells in her lab to study the virus and his lifecycle at the molecular level.

Wintersemester 2022/23

24.01.2023: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePub: Meteorite Impacts on Earth: Boon or Bane from Space?

Abstract: Meteorites are travellers from space that fall on Earth as small or large rocks. While small meteorites preserve the memory of planet formation processes in the early solar system, large meteorite impacts may be catastrophic, as repeatedly happened in the geologic history of our home planet. Space missions are planned that may deflect celestial objects potentially dangerous to Earth.

Prof. Dr. Mario Trieloff is working at the Insitute of Earth Sciences at the University of Heidelberg. His research focusses on the formation of Earth and other planets in our solar system as well as meteorites. He analyzes dust from meteorites as well as impact craters on Earth in order to find out more about these travellers from space.

20.12.2022: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePub: Malaria: old disease, new problems?

Abstract: Malaria has accompanied us since we became humans and yet parasite and host have not become accustomed to each other. Currently this disease is getting more and more out of control and at the same time the pathogen helps us to answer fundamental questions of modern biology. Our lecture will shed light on these opposing aspects and we will look into the future of humans and malaria.

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Frischknecht and Dr. Markus Ganter are working at the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Parasitology at the Heidelberg University Hospital. Both have their own research group focussing on different aspects of malaria.

22.11.2022: 19 Uhr, Café Leitstelle

SciencePub: Climate + Culture = Collapse?

Abstract: Climate change is here. Starting with the past summers, water scarcity has become a topic even in Germany. But this problem is at least as old as human society itself, and societies around the globe have thought of various solutions to it - in the past and still today. With the science talk we undertake a virtual trip around the world, visiting the Nasca in Peru, the Maya and the ancient Greeks to see how these societies adapted to climate and its changes – or failed.

Prof. Dr. Ingmar Unkel is professor for geography at the University of Heidelberg. He only arrived in Heidelberg this summer after having been professor in Kiel for several years. For his research, he is travelling all around the world to take sediment cores from lakes.

25.10.2022: 19 Uhr, Café Regie

SciencePub: Quantum Technologies - Why Google and Alibaba are interested in Schrödinger’s Cat

Abstract: We are witnessing the Second Quantum Revolution, which enables almost unlimited control of single quantum objects down to single atoms, molecules and photons. Experiments, which would have been considered pure “Gedanken” experiments some years ago, like, e.g., realizing quantum states resembling Schrödinger’s Cat, have now become routine in research labs at universities and start-up companies. Applications range from quantum computing over quantum cryptography to quantum sensors. In my talk, I will give an introduction into the basic features of quantum physics and show some of the most promising applications.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller is professor for experimental physics at the Physics Institute of the Universität Heidelberg and member of the Heidelberg Center for Quantum Dynamics. He is also vice-rector for innovation and transfer at Universität Heidelberg.

Sommersemester 2022

13.07.2022: 19 Uhr, Café Regie

SciencePub: Medicine meets Machine Learning and Molecular Systems

An diesem Abend wird es zwei Vorträge zu spannenden Entwicklungen in der Medizin und der Biotechnik geben.

Dr. Dr. Stefan Kallenberger: Medicine meets Machine Learning - Optimierung von Infusionsprotokollen durch Reinforcement Learning

Der Vortrag befasst sich mit der Frage, wie man den Effekt, der von einer bestimmten Dosis eines Medikaments ausgeht, verbessern kann. Es wird eine Methode zur Optimierung der Zeitverläufe von Wirkstoffkonzentrationen präsentiert, bei der Wissen über biochemische Signalwege in Zellen, repräsentiert durch mathematische Modelle, zum Einsatz kommt. Die Methode wurde in einem System zur Mikroskopie und Perfusion von Zellen realisiert.

Der Redner forscht am National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg.

Prof. Dr. Selhuber-Unkel: Molecular Systems Engineering: von Biomaterialien zu biohybrider Mikrorobotik

Lebende Systeme können aktiv und schnell auf äußere mechanische Reize reagieren. Die Nachahmung solcher stimulusabhängigen Strategien durch molekulare Systeme kann Biomaterialien flexibler, anpassungsfähiger und möglicherweise sogar autonomer machen. Ich werde Konzepte vorstellen, die von photoresponsiven Biomaterialien zur Steuerung der Zelladhäsion durch molekulare Schalter bis hin zu mechanisch reagierenden biomimetischen Strukturen reichen und auch einen Ausblick auf biohybride Robotersysteme geben.

Die Rednerin leitet eine Arbeitsgruppe und ist Direktorin des neu gegründeten Institute for Molecular Systems Engineering der Universität Heidelberg.

14.06.2022: 19 Uhr, Café Regie

SciencePub: Wenn die Natur mathematisch spricht

Abstract: Mathematik ist die Sprache der Physik, auch weil mathematische Strukturen Ordnung schaffen. Diese Ordnung klärt nicht nur im Nachhinein; sie ist auch konstruktiv: Besonders faszinierend wird sie dann, wenn sie etwas vorhersagt, was erst später in der Welt gefunden wird. Wir möchten von vier eindrucksvollen Beispielen erzählen: von Antimaterie, schwarzen Löchern, krummen Räumen und von der Einheitlichkeit des Zufalls.

Dr. Elena Kozlikin, Prof. Dr. Matthias Bartelmann: Institut für Theoretische Physik. Die beiden Autoren sind u.a. Experten für kosmische Strukturformierung. Sie versuchen unser Verständnis der Entstehung der großräumigen Strukturen in unserem Universum durch Anwendung der kinetischen Feldtheorie zu verbessern. Prof. Bartelmann ist außerdem Autor eines Standardlehrbuchs zur theoretischen Physik.

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