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"Pint of Science" - science and cool drinks at Babelsberg Kellermann

Frau neben Chemietisch
Photo : Antje Horn-Conrad
Anita Henze, die den „Golm Science Slam“ der Uni Potsdam im Sommer 2023 gewonnen hat.

The University of Potsdam is presenting "Knowledge in Transition" on 13 May at 6 p.m. at Café Kellermann in Babelsberg and is thus participating for the first time in the "Pint of Science", a global science festival in which researchers present their work in pubs or cafés and then engage in conversation with the audience. "Do you already know something, or are you still learning?" asks computer scientist Prof Dr Thorsten Schaub, who will talk about knowledge-based artificial intelligence. In a science slam, molecular biologist Anita Henze will explain whether and how plants adapt to increasing heat stress in a changing climate. And last but not least, Steffen Ramm from the Botanical Garden will have some appetising facts to tell about carnivores, better known as carnivorous plants. Admission costs 2.50 euros.

At the internationally organised "Pint of Science" event, scientists present their research topics in pubs, pubs and cafés and then discuss their latest findings with the public in a relaxed atmosphere over a cool drink. What began in 2012 in three British cities has developed into a science festival in which around 400 cities worldwide take part every year in May. Potsdam is now taking part for the first time. Three lectures are on the programme:

Computer scientist Torsten Schaub, who has developed software with his team that finds solutions for application-related combinatorial problems - from highly complex duty rosters of large companies to room plans of universities - will talk about knowledge-based artificial intelligence.

"Climate change made easy: when plants remember heat" is the title of Anita Henze's science slam. In her doctoral thesis, the molecular biologist is investigating what plants can do to cope with the rising temperatures in Central Europe. In her entertaining presentation, with which she won the "Golm Science Slam" at the University of Potsdam last summer, she explains the ground-breaking findings she has made and what Leonardo DiCaprio has to do with it.

Do carnivorous plants really feed on meat? And how do they get to their prey? With tentacles, mouths and teeth? Steffen Ramm from the Botanical Garden has thoroughly studied the plants known as carnivores and can clearly explain their special features.

When: Monday, 13th may 2024, 6pm, entry: 5:30pm
Where: Kellermann Babelsberg, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Straße 32, 14482 Potsdam  
Entry costs: 2,50 euro
Contact: Dr. Ute Rzeha, Potsdam Transfer at University of Potsdam
Phone: 0331 977-6176, E-Mail:
Dr. Jule Krüger, research associate and member of "Pint of Science" Germany
Tel: 0331 977-256 151; E-Mail:

Mediainformation 02-05-2024 / Nr. 028


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