Sharing Science

Here are some of my past and present projects sharing science through film, writing, radio, public speaking, or workshops, teaching and demonstations.

 

Writing

  I review science videos for Spektrum der Wissenschaft, the German edition of Scientific American. In German.

European XFEL: Molekülkino per Röntgenlaser: Der neue European XFEL in Hamburg ist der leistungsstärkste Röntgenlaser der Welt. Wozu er gut ist, erklärt ein Video. (2017)

Von der Erbsenzählerei zu den Gesetzen der Vererbung: Ein Video erklärt die Gesetzmäßigkeiten der Vererbung nach Gregor Mendel – in nur drei Minuten. (2017)

Evolution der Milchtrinker: Genetische und kulturelle Veränderungen machten Laktose für den Menschen verträglich. (2017)

Wie uns die Gene prägen: Wie funktioniert Vererbung? Ein Lehrfilm führt in die Grundlagen der Genetik ein. (2017)

Die Entdeckung der Doppelhelix: Die Entschlüsselung der DNA-Struktur war ein wissenschaftlicher Meilenstein. Wie gelang sie? (2017)

Eine Reise durch den Körper in 3D: Per 360-Grad-Video durch Lunge und Magen bis ins Gehirn. (2017)

Wissenschaft mit Geschmack: Schäume, Gele, Esspapier: Wie helfen Physik und Chemie bei der Kreation neuer Geschmackserlebnisse? (2017)

Wenn Bakterien sich wehren: Wie werden Bakterien resistent gegen Antibiotika, und was kann jeder Einzelne dagegen tun? (2017)

Wie Computer die Vorhersage der Proteinfaltung revolutionieren: Wie lässt sich anhand der DNA die Faltung von Proteinen vorhersagen? (2016)

Superhelden und Magnetismus: Magneto aus Marvels "X-Men" ist Meister des Magnetismus. Spinnerei oder physikalisch plausibel? (2016)

Die Mathematik des Abnehmens: Wohin gehen die Kilos beim Abspecken verloren? Ein Physiker erklärt die biochemischen Prozesse. (2016)

DNA-Schäden mit Lasern auf der Spur: Ein Wissenschaftler berichtet anschaulich, wie er mit Laserstrahlung DNA gezielt zerstört. Er will verstehen, wie die Reparatur der Schäden in den Zellen abläuft. (2016)

 

Radio & Podcast

 

Science radio programms I presented and produced for The Naked Scientists (podcast & live on BBC -Radio 5 live, ABC Radio National Australia):

 

Feature: Sequencing the DNA of smoothies - in a classroom! (2016)

Feature: Quantum leaps in quantum technology (2016)

Question of the week: How much younger would you be after 50 years on Jupiter? (2016)

Question of the week: Can light exert a force to move an object? (2016)

Q&A show: What size solar panel would you need to charge a smart phone? (2016)

Q&A show: Is it possible to slow light down? (2016)

Q&A show: How do we know meteorites have landed on Earth from Mars? (2016)

Q&A show: Is it possible to test your own DNA? (2016)

News interview: Ice-free summers in the Arctic? (2016)

News interview: Gut bugs affect gene expression (2016)

News interview: How small lies escalate (2016)

News interview: Tracking leukemia-resistant cells (2016)

News interview: A powerful duo against HIV (2016)

News interview: 10 Years of DNA Origami (2016)

 

More podcasts:

10 Years of DNA Origami: I had the chance to show Georgia Mills from the Naked Scientists around our lab. Broadcasted on BBC Cambridgeshire, Radio Five Live and ABC Australia (2016).

Scientists not the Science: I spoke to Stuart Higgins for the Cavendish Inspiring Women podcast (2015).

 

TV & Film

 

I have been presenting and co-producing Cambridge TV's science show Elemental Ideas:

String Theory Part 1 and Part 2: Therory of everything or just a mathematical toy? We are at the Department of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in Cambridge.

Science after Brexit: What happens to European science collaborations when the UK leaves the EU? I am having a conversation with Dr. Ewan St John Smith an Dr. Stuart Higgins.

Super Resolution Microscopy: A light microscope that won the Nobel prize in 2014. I meet physicists and biologists working hand in hand to look inside living cells. And I build my own microscope - using just a laser pointer and a syringe.

British Antarctic Survey: Which life forms can evolve under extreme conditions? I meet researchers who go on polar expeditions and work under extreme conditions themselves.

DNA and Big Data: For my first show, I had the chance to explore the European Bioinformatics Institute and to talk to Dr Ewan Birney and Dr Alex Bateman.

 

DNA Origami - Folding on the Smallest Scale

A (not too serious) short film about the research I am doing in my PhD. Generously supported by Cambridge Shorts and the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability.

 


More popular science articles: 

DNA Sequencing in the palm of your hand, in: The Huffington Post (2017)

Gut microbes controlling our genes, in: The Naked Scientists Online News (2016)

Will the Arctic be ice-free in summer in future?, in: The Naked Scientists Online News (2016)

How our brains adapt to dishonesty, in: The Naked Scientists Online News (2016)

Chasing leukaemia, in: The Naked Scientists Online News (2016)

A powerful drug duo against HIV, in: The Naked Scientists Online News (2016)

Living to the limit, in: The Naked Scientists Online News (2016)

DNA my smoothie, in: The Naked Scientists (2016)

Handicraft with DNA, an interview with SciViews, in German (2016)

DNA Origami, in: CavMag, the Cavendish Laboratory's alumni magazine (pp 12-16, 2015)

Metamorphosis - Changing the Image of Science, in: The Scholar, the Gates Cambridge magazine (p 9, 2015)

DNA and Origami, in: The Letter, the Corpus Christi College magazine (p 73-76, 2015)

 

Public speaking

Recordings of a few short talks:

DNA, Information and the Apocalypse: A three-minute talk at FameLab Bielefeld. In German, watch an English version here. Crocodiles in Cambridge: A three-minute talk about DNA origami. DNA sequencing: A three-minute talk at FameLab Bielefeld.

 

Workshops, Teaching & Demonstrations

I regularily give science lectures for groups of high-school students and adults on behalf of the Cambridge Admissions Office and St. John's College. Topics include: DNA sequencing, DNA origami, Microscopy, Polymers, Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology. All lectures include fun demonstrations and live-experiments.

I design and deliver science workshops for summer schools including VorbilderAkademie Ruhr for migrants in Germany, Reach Cambridge, Experience Cambridge and the UK-Japan Young Scientist Workshop.