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Six things I learned at FWK19

Business Cards: remember to have them printed in advance, or you have to print them on thin paper and cut them yourself.

As I just moved to Germany, I am joining the science communication scene, here. So, I went to a German science communication conference: “Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation” or “Forum Science Communication”. I could only afford one out of three days but I still found out a couple of things.

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My Debut as SciComm Video Writer

I proudly present my first collaboration with German SciComm YouTuber Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim! Besides running one of Germany’s biggest channels for science communication with currently 570k subscribers, Dr. Nguyen-Kim also moderates the successful science show “Quarks” on public TV. She has been awarded several highly prestigious prizes over the last two years.

Using Elon Musk’s preprint paper for a new brain-machine interface as a hook, I first introduce some neuroscience basics. Then I describe three impressive experiments by Miguel Nicolelis to showcase the possibilities of BMIs. Finally, I discussed the difficulties and disadvantages of current approaches, and how Elon Musk’s company Neuralink aims to solve some of them.

Dr. Nguyen-Kim was able to get disabled inclusion activist Raul Krauthausen for an interview to add an ethics discussion. Overall, I am humbled by Dr. Nguyen-Kim’s ability to turn the script into an entertaining video. Working with her as well as her writer Dr. Lars Dittrich and her animation specialist Melanie Gath was a great experience.

I will alter your brain!!

In July I participated in the German science web video contest “Fast Forward Science”. In this video I explain the concept of the “brain changes” that people keep talking about in the headlines: brain states, and neuroplasticity.

The video is in German, but you can switch on English subtitles.

P.S. Unfortunately the video did not make it into the second round 🙁

Postdoc Project: noradrenergic plasticity in the olfactory system – AMA (4/4)

When mice learn the identity of other mice, they memorize their smell. Based on findings from another lab my adviser had shown that stimulating the release of noradrenalin causes plastic changes in the Main Olfactory Bulb. I used fluorescent imaging to show that such changes already appear at the first synapse that connects the olfactory sensory neurons to the rest of the brain.

THE 4 CORE ELEMENTS of science communication.

this was first posted on Science for Progress.

One of the most daunting things I faced when preparing my first communication attempts was not WHAT I was going to talk about, but HOW?!

It helped me A LOT to understand that there are 4 CORE ELEMENTS that pretty much every communication piece needs. With those in mind, I could start figuring out what my main message should be. It made starting to write / script / create SO much easier.

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