Workshops 2019

Johanna Barnbeck

Spread the Nerd

Science Communication – Formats, Strategies & Creative Processes

Johanna Barnbeck is the founder of Spread the Nerd, a Berlin-based agency for science communication and format development. She studied Cultural Analysis and Artistic Research in Amsterdam and realized cultural research projects like “Augmenting Masterpieces” at the Rijksmuseum (App interfaces for museum visitors). As an artistic researcher and creative consultant Johanna develops strategies, concepts and creative formats for research projects, universities and scientific institutions and helps implementing them. She works at the intersection of art, design, science and technology and leads interdisciplinary teams with different backgrounds from in- and outside academia. As a lecturer at the NaWik, she teaches visualization courses.

About the workshop:
Visual science communication is getting more and more important nowadays. But what is a good visual format and how might visual material enhance the communication about your research? How do art and design thinking fit in here with their creative processes and methods? In order to answer those questions, we will look at new visual formats and discuss the visibility of your research. Further, we address advantages and difficulties that might arise when incorporating communication strategies into funding proposals (on national and international level).  Hereby, this workshop gives you a quick overview of current scicomm practices, provides inspiration where to dive deeper into visual aspects of your research and encourages to develop innovative scicomm formats.

Jens Engelke

Che Consult GmbH

Leadership in Science

Jens’ Expertise Domains as Trainer is behaviour training for executives in large companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), the industrial economy, the service sector, the social economy and the public sector. He also does individual coaching for executives with focus on leadership behaviour and leadership performance as well as the implementation and backing of projects for companies in the field of leadership and management development and in change management processes. Part of his work are seminars and workshops on human resources development.
Sectors of his clients: Automobile industry, chemicals industry, energy sector, social & health economy, timber industry, iron and steel industry, governmental departments, logistic sector, manufacturing systems engineering, software & IT, tourism sector, domestic construction, universities and scientific organizations.

About the workshop:
Leadership workshop, which consists of interactive workshop elements in small groups as well as reflection exchange and deepening in the whole group. On the basis of real leadership situations, interactive approaches for goal-oriented behaviors of the participants in their role as leaders are developed and deepened. The workshop is designed as a dialogue-oriented exchange process and aims at the self-reflection of the participants.
Main topics:

  • Target-oriented discussion format: How do I as leader increase employee engagement and commitment?
  • A constructive mindset to make change through personal initiative successful
  • Every executive acts as role model: How do influencing processes work?

Kathrin Keune

Artbased Solutions

Communication and Conflict Resolution

Kathrin Keune, consultant and performing artist, holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, Coaching and Education with a B.A. in psychology. Her first B.A. was in the performing arts. She worked in a San Diego based medical research laboratory throughout her 6 year stay in Southern California, USA (2005 – 2011). Kathrin has been offering trainings on scientific presentations and communication at different American and German universities. Her background in theatre in combination with her psychology degree turn her trainings into an outstanding learning experience. She still performs as a classical singer at different venues in Germany.

About the workshop:
This short workshop will give an impulse on effective professional communication with employees and coworkers. Developing a solution-oriented approach, the workshop will provide tools to bring conflictual conversations to a constructive outcome, to manage expectations (one’s own expectation and the ones of employees) and to use the body as its own language in support of transmitting clear messages. To initiate a change in perspective and convey a broader understanding of the topic, this training makes use of active participation and individual reflection. This course strives to empower the individual in finding constructive solutions to various communication challenges.

Kari Amir Madany Mamlouk

University of Lübeck

How to become a Professor

Amir Madany Mamlouk studied mathematics and computer science at Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Lübeck. He was Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA and worked at the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Marine Biotechnology (EMB) and at the Institute for Experimental Dermatology (LIED) at UKSH, Campus Lübeck. In 2009, he accepted a Junior-Professorship for Machine Learning in Medicine and Life Science at Lübeck University. Since 2015, he is Privatdozent (lecturer) at the Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics at Lübeck University.
In addition to scientific lectures, he has been teaching students, graduate students, and lecturers on science communication and presentation techniques at various universities for more than 10 years now. He has received several awards for excellent and innovative science and teaching approaches

About the workshop:
The Postdoctoral qualification phase to attain “eligibility for a professorship” in Germany might differ considerably, depending on your research focus. But in almost all cases, you have to go through a complex and time-demanding appointment process (so-called „Berufungsverfahren“) to achieve the career goal of any scientist: Becoming a professor and leading your own lab. In order to be successful in this process, scientific excellence paves the way, but there is way more to think about: Your application documents must be excellent and, above all, comprehensive. Furthermore, you have to convince the committee in a public lecture on your science – and more often also demonstrate your teaching skills in a second talk. Last but (surely) not least you have to demonstrate a lot of negotiation skills, when it comes to salary and equipment of your future lab.

Daniel Mertens

Schiller & Mertens

Scientists need more! Leadership in Science

Daniel Mertens heads two research groups at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and at the University Hospital Ulm. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that cause leukemias and lymphomas. The scope ranges from the elucidation and diagnostic applications of epigenetic oncomechanisms to the characterization of leukemia‐specific signal transduction pathways in the malignant cells and the interaction with the nonmalignant microenvironment. Daniel Mertens and his colleagues have authored 75 publications that have been cited 3168 times. His team was granted more than € 5,5 Mio funding from third parties.
Since 2011 he also trains scientists in transferable skills together with Alexander Schiller (“Scientists Need More!”). Participants feedback that they can directly apply course contents to their real working life because of the concept of learning-by-doing and the fact that both Daniel Mertens and Alexander Schiller themselves have a background as natural scientists. Because Scientists Need More!

About the workshop:

Work in a modern scientific environment requires advanced skills. Examples are project, time and conflict management, communi­cation, creativity, group dynamics, intercultural competence and written and oral presentation techniques.

In this intense workshop, the following topics are covered:

  • Clear and simple communication
  • Phases of a project
  • Setting goals
  • Priorization
  • Delegation
  • Confirmation bias
  • Sunk-cost fallacy

Because Scientists Need More!