Ten minutes for the presentation of a scientific subject? Does that sound enough to be convinced? For those who love science, there will be an event where one has to impress and succeed in explaining their unique and exciting take on science in a matter of just 10 minutes.
With an initiative to combine science in an entertaining light, the Goethe Institut, Bangalore is organising a Youth Science Slam, an event inviting budding scientists from Bangalore on stage to present science in a fresh and lively manner.
For starters, a Science Slam is a programme where participants stand on stage before an audience and present their results to a diverse audience, some who are not specialists in the field, but want to be entertained and is interested in scientific subjects.
At this Youth Science Slam, organised as a part of the Indo-Urban German Mela Bangalore, one is free to choose any topic that fits into the theme of the Year of Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities – “City Spaces”.
Revealing the idea behind this initiative, Dr Anne Renate Schönhagen, the Deputy Director at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, said: “The idea of a Science Slam originated from a Poetry Slam. In this case it is not poetry, but presenting science in an exciting way. The Youth Science Slam is an endeavour to get the youth more interested in the concepts of science and the adults to look deeper into science.” It is indeed an effort to give the budding scientists a forum to present their thoughts about science and the opportunity to seniors to observe the youngsters presenting interesting and creative concepts.
The Science Slam was founded in Germany and since its inception it has been a very popular event. When asked how it will benefit the audience and the participants, Dr Anne Schönhagen said: “If we had the concept of a Science Slam during the times of Pythagoras, it would not have been so difficult for the children of today to learn his formulae. If Albert Einstein would have taken part in a Science Slam, we all would have understood his relativity theory much better. For, the complex scientific concepts are explained in a very simple form in a Science Slam. Young scientists go on stage and present to us their research topic.”
During the Indo-German Urban Mela, Goethe-Institut, Bangalore is the first ever to organise a Science Slam.
While presenting their research concept a slammer must keep in mind that in the given 10 minutes the audience must be convinced by their presentation. The jury comprising the CEOs of the German companies and other leading scientists along with the audience will decide on the winner. Though the participants have only 10 minutes to explain their concept, they can use any source or object to make an interesting presentation or present their topic verbally.
To decide the winner, the jury will consider the depth of the theme or the concept presented by the participants. They would also see how relevant or a futuristic the concept is. Also, the presentation has to be entertaining, exciting and interesting. One need not be funny to entertain the audience but it’s important to use good metaphors that go down well with the audience.
While sending the entries, the participants need to ensure that it really has to be about a scientific subject and it should be presented comprehensibly and must not be some slapstick jazzed up with scientific information.
The winners will get exciting prices such as a trip to Germany for a two weeks internship with the prestigious Frauenhofer Gesellchaft in Germany and also a chance to study German free of cost at the Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore. The duration for the course would vary from 6 weeks to 10 weeks, depending upon the course.
Gone are the days of long, boring lectures. Make the best use of 10 minutes on stage to explain a scientific concept in an entertaining and exciting way.
The last date to send in your application is June 18, 2012. Youngsters from the age group of 15-24 can apply with a short text on the selected topic to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Science Slam would take place from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm on June 25 and from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm on June 27, 28 and June 29.
If the Youth Science Slam is successful in Bangalore, the institutes in other cities that are a part of the Urban Mela tour might follow suit.