On Saturday, the 5th of May, the second „Konstanzer Geistes Slam“ was a great success. For one hour within the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft” five young scientists from varying institutions presented their subjects. Although the well established PowerPoint presentation was a useful help, this event was stamped by the motto: anything goes, as long as it serves a better understanding. The participants had eight minutes time to bring across their message, afterwards presenter Mario Müller („Theater mit beschränkter Hoffnung“) drew attention to himself by a threatening tapping with his foot. In the end he did not manage to impose his measures since the cheerfully protesting audience had the last word granting everyone to finish their presentations. More than 280 people formed a large and enthusiastic audience, applauding and cheering the event and its participants.
In the end it was the beaming Dr. Julia Everke (from the Department of History and Sociology, specializing in Sport Sciences, alumna “Zukunftskolleg”) who climbed the winner’s podium. Her subject “Motor Activity and Cognition – Bored Neurons Say Goodbye” enthralled the audience although the final decision was a narrow win. The event was held in cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities.
The popularity is spreading across Konstanz‘ boarders. L.I.S.A., the science platform of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, shows interest in the Konstanzer Geistesslam by having done an interview with Alexandra Zinke and Benjamin Biesinger where the two participants talk about their experiences. On top of that, the Gerda Henkel Foundation is even planning its own Science Slam following the example given by Konstanz.
The complete Interview can be read here: