Virtual GAIN21: Science Slam

Welcome on stage: the GAIN21 Science Slam is all about science communication. The objective is to impart current research results to a diverse audience in an understandable and entertaining way. Science Slams started in German university towns in the mid-2000s: Darmstadt, Braunschweig, Hamburg. Today, Science Slams are held all over Germany on a weekly basis.


The virtual GAIN21 Science Slam took place in the Auditorium of the virtual conference on August 27, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm EST. GAIN Advisory Board member, Dr. Martin R. Lichtenthaler, hosted the slam.

Five international researchers from various fields presented their findings in entertaining, scientific five-minute presentations for the virtual GAIN21 audience. They covered research topics such as the treatment of muscle diseases, hydrogels, earthquakes, and more. The live audience got to choose the winner by voting on each slam.

The GAIN21 Science Slam winner is cell biologist Dr. Sebastian Markert with his slam pondering the question: ‘what happens when we close our eyes?’. He received a cash prize of $3,000, proudly presented by the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York .

Watch the GAIN21 Science Slam finalists here:

Shanna Chu, Postdoc, Brown University

“Earthquakes: The Song of the Earth”

Sebastian Markert, Postdoc, Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins University

“What happens when you close your eyes?”

Agata Mossakowski, Postdoc, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis, Neurology and Experimental Neurology at Charité Berlin

“The Downhill Road to Treating Muscle Disease”

Ritwick Ghosh, Postdoc and DAAD PRIME fellow, MPI-P Mainz and ETH Zurich

“Freshwater and Precisely Potable Water”


Want to see more slams on video? Browse through previous performances .