Kristin Werner 

 Science Communication 

PhD in Physical Chemistry and passionate about science communication.

Scientific research should not happen in an academic vacuum, but needs to connect with application and society. To transfer knowledge between these, science communication educates, asks questions, and sets a stage for open dialogue.

I firmly believe that scientific insights should be accessible to anyone.

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 FameLab 2019 

Every year, the British Council organizes FameLabs around the world, where scientists present their research to a public audience – in only 3 minutes. I took part to explain the concept of catalysis.  Did you know that without catalysis, only half the people on our planet would be alive today?  In my FameLab Presentation, I explain you what essential difference a single chemical reaction can make.

I am happy to see that my presentation appealed not only to the audience, but also to other researchers. See here a statement from the public outreach website of the Fritz-Haber-Institut Berlin: “This was an extremely successful presentation at FameLab in Potsdam, and a fantastic explanation of the Haber-Bosch process. We can be really proud to have such highly motivated PhD students to convey science to the general public audience in such an elegant way”.

 Art Meets Science 

Artists and scientists are more similar in their mindset than what we would anticipate. They are curious, experience-driven, and on the lookout for undiscovered principles. I personally believe that art and science can benefit immensely from each other when they enter into dialogue.

This is the reason why I started, together with Stephan van Kuyk, the “Art meets Science” community. A first event happened in April 2019,  where 3 artists and 3 scientists came together in front of a diverse audience and exchanged stories  about their way of working.

 Interactive Artwork “Playground”
at N² Science Communication 

When I tell people that I do research in chemistry and physics, an immediate reply is often “I never understood that in school, and I never will.” However, essentially, chemistry and physics is something everybody will understand if scientific concepts are just presented in an easily accessible, playful way.

This is why I decided to build “Playground”, an  interactive exhibit, which connects with your inner child and lets you explore the scientific concepts of surface chemistry   on your own – without being lectured on it.

Visitors could build their own atomic surfaces and see why atoms in different environments react differently. I presented Playground during a public event of the Berlin Science Week 2017 in the Naturkundemuseum Berlin, as part of the N² Science Communication conference.

 IMPRS Conference, Ringberg Castle, 2018 

During my doctorate, I was part of the International Max Planck Research School ‘Functional Interfaces in Chemistry and Physics’ – a program where PhD students in fundamental research come together and learn from each other.

In 2018, we organized a  5-day workshop for around 50 PhD students and established researchers  at Castle Ringberg. The theme was “Leaving the Ivory Tower: From Models to Reality”. In other words, we were discussing how one may apply fundamental knowledge to real world applications. Together with Giacomo Melani, I planned and stirred the  organization and the scientific program  of the workshop.

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