Science Cafes will be the framework for outreach communication to gain public attention and to allow discussions of addressing exhibition topics or any other topics. Each beSCIENCEd Cafe table will be managed by one of guest researcher. The Science Café method is quite well established and its main aim is that people get in contact with each other, networking, discuss and develop new ideas. The intended science cafe setting allows a relaxed conversation with researchers. By talking with them face to face and realizing that researchers are just normal people like everybody else, young people can be attracted to pursue a career in research. Science Cafes activities aim in collective knowledge creation by “ordinary” people in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists.
Dr. Renate Degen
Affiliation: University of Vienna, Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography
Research topic: Polar marine ecology and climate change
What is it: The Arctic is warming about twice the rate than the global average, most prominently visible in the drastic decrease of sea ice extent and thickness. We are interested how these changes affect specifically the animals on and in the seafloor, which fulfill essential roles to marine ecosystem functioning. The development of a pan-Arctic database containing morphological, physiological and behavioral characteristics of Arctic species helps us to predict scenarios in a future, seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean.
Dr. Elisabeth Oberzaucher
Affiliation: University of Ulm / University of Vienna
Research topic: Behavioural Biology
What is it: How is our behavior affected by our surroundings? What are differences between women and men? Which cues are employed in human communication and how do they interact? In the light of evolutionary theory I aim towards an understanding of the mechanisms that underly behaviour tendencies of humans. My methods range from behaviour observations in natural and experimental settings, physiological measurements to mathematical modelling. I collaborate with colleagues from various disciplines. www.oberzaucher.eu
Pictures from my master thesis: the effect of green plants on cognitive efficiency