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Six things I learned at FWK19

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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 🙁