Berlin, 5th June 2020 – As the Long Night of the Sciences – an Inforadio podcast in cooperation with the Long Night of the Sciences and with the support of the campaign Brain City Berlin, the LNDW will first time take place as a podcast starting 6th June 2020. The start of the podcast series is, thus, the day on which the event was supposed to take place in 2020, had it not been cancelled due to the corona pandemic.
‘Even if we cannot celebrate the 20th anniversary of the LNDW together this summer as was planned, the current situation makes it plainly apparent that science and research are highly important for our society,’ emphasizes Berlin’s Governing Mayor and Science Senator Michael Müller, who had assumed patronage of the anniversary event this year. ‘I am even more grateful to the organizers, who have made possible to develop a new format by that podcast, and all within a short time frame. This will provide us exciting insights into the work of our scientists. I warmly invite everyone to take advantage of this great offer and experience the great diversity of the sciences in Berlin!’
As in the LNDW, scientists and representatives of universities, scientific institutions and other science-related institutions will present themselves in the podcast and provide insights into the solutions that they develop for the challenges of our time. Guest speakers will be young and upcoming researchers as well as established personalities of the scientific landscape in Berlin. The podcast series will be moderated by Thomas Prinzler, who has been leading the Inforadio series as a science editor and host for many years.
‘With this podcast, the participating institutions and facilities are sending a clear signal for this year’s Long Night of the Sciences campaign “Science as a response to fake news”,’ says Prof. Dr. Werner Ullmann, President of the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) and Chairman of the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften e.V. (LNDW e.V.). ‘Once again, the debate about COVID-19 shows that fake news and crude conspiracy theories are dangerous. Science is always based on a debating culture, oriented on the subject and on arguments. This is represented by the Long Night of the Sciences as well as the new podcast.’
In the first episode: Consequences of the corona pandemic for cities such as Berlin
The first episode deals with the effects of the corona pandemic for large cities such as Berlin. The guests of the first episode are:
- Prof. Dr. Ulrich Panne, who speaks about the importance of the sciences as a response to fake news and the consequences of the crisis for sciences in Berlin. He is the President of the Federal Institute for Materials Testing and Research (BAM) and the Deputy Chairman of the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften e.V. (LNDW e.V.) as well as the chairman of the research network of the Technology Park Adlershof (IGAFA).
- Dr.-Ing. Christine Eisenmann has conducted a study on Mobility during corona during the lockdown and comments on possible changes in mobility behaviour during and after the crisis. She heads the working group ‘Transformation of Automobility’ at the Institute for Transport Research of the German Aerospace Institute.
- Prof. Dr. Jürgen Radel discusses the changes that corona invokes in the working sphere, such as the trend towards work from home or working more independently and autonomously. He is the Professor of Business Administration at the HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management.
The podcast series will consist of twelve episodes and cover topics of climate and nature protection, digitisation, and visions for a better world. In these episodes, the role of the sciences in society will always be emphasized. Guest speakers are young and upcoming researchers as well as established personalities of the scientific landscape in Berlin.
On 6th June 2020, starting at 7 pm, there will also be a four-hour special on radioeins (rbb) with members and participants of the Long Night of the Sciences. Further information can be found at https://www.langenachtderwissenschaften.de/en/news/news-detail/die-lndw-am-6-juni-2020-auf-radioeins