Science Slam

“Science Slam” is an innovative format of science communication. Scientists get on stage and present their research as entertaining and understandable as possible. Speaking time is six minutes, a beamer is not installed, but creative demo objects and experiments are highly recommended. The audience acts as a jury and chooses the slam champion of the evening. In Vienna the “Science Slams” have been organised regularly since 2011 and quickly developed into a popular format for a diverse target group. Usually 350-450 persons of all age groups and different educational backgrounds visit a slam, listen to the presentations and then discuss with the other people sitting around their table to agree on a common voting score for each slammer.

famelabThe Science Slam and the workshop prior to the event will be organised by Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Weingartner, ARGE. He studied theoretical physics and linguistics in Vienna and has worked and published on quantum chaos, granular physics and hydrodynamic instabilities. During the last few years his focus shifted more and more to science communication. After winning the Austrian “Famelab”-contest he established the project “Science Truck” for outreach activities in public places like parks, swimming pools and pedestrian zones ( Since 2011 he periodically organizes and moderates “Science Slams”. Weingartner appears in national TV, radio and print media on scientific topics, has written two popular books on physics and teaches science communication at Vienna University of Technology and at University of Applied Arts Vienna.

ossmannMMag. Stefan F. Ossmann is employed as lecturer at the Department for International Development as well as at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna. After finishing a college on photography in Vienna, Stefan Ossmann spent five years in various countries worldwide for travel and work reasons. Stefan Ossmann doctoral thesis focus on the polyamorous living in regards to social acceptance, legal recognition and the relevance of church. His Science Slam lecture will give some answers to the question: What exactly does it mean for people to live polyamor?

Foto Martin SchlatzerMag. Martin Schlatzer is scientific researcher at the Institute of Meteorology, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) since 2011. He studied nutrition sciences at the University of Vienna and received his Diploma in 2009. His main research focus is on nutrition ecology, climate impact assessments and agro meteorology.

waltenbergerMag. Lukas Waltenberger completed his master in England at Bournemouth University, Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Sciences. The results of his master thesis with a focus on analysis of cut marks in fresh and burned bone will be presented at the Science Slam.

philipp-starklPhilipp Starkl studied Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna and developed his interest in mast cells and type 2 immune responses during his master thesis in the lab of Tamas Schweighoffer at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Vienna. For his PhD thesis, Philipp joined the lab of Erika Jensen-Jarolim at the Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research at the Medical University of Vienna to study mechanisms of allergic sensitization to food allergens. During the subsequent Post Doc in Stephen Galli’s lab at Stanford University, Philipp investigated the contributions of adaptive type 2 immune responses and IgE antibodies (which are best known for their detrimental role in allergies) to host protection against toxic substances.
Philipp joined the lab in 2015 and his current research interests focus on the interplay between type 2 immunity and bacterial pathogens in host defense and disease.

schrammelMichael Schrammel studies at the Vienna University of Technology in the Master Programme Energy Systems and Automation Technology with a focus on the Specialisation Module Energy Systems. His Science Slam sesssion will show what is being done today for a secure energy supply and which are possible future developments in this field.