Impressions from the boat ride by the Land Baden-Württemberg on which Mathilde Bessert-Nettelbeck and Johannes Erhardt presented Störung/Hafraah on the final day of the Nobel Laureates Meeting 2015.
By Mathilde Bessert-Nettelbeck
Pictures: Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg/ Uli Regenscheit, Top picture: Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science and Arts Teresia Bauer visited our booth.
As one of 23 selected projects Johannes and I had the chance to present Störung/ Hafraah on the Baden-Württemberg Boat trip to Mainau Island on the final day of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2015. At this summit, bringing together 65 nobel laureates and 650 young scientists from all around the world and all disciplines, we joined a boat ride crossing the Lake Constance (that was fortunately air conditioned). At our booth on the 2nd deck we presented a video impression of the project by Maya Rothschild as well as a poster. Additionally, Johannes had brought a variety of implants as exhibits for his and other BrainLinks-BrainTools research projects. We had great discussions with young scientist from countries like Portugal, Thailand, Italy or China. It was a very special experience for me and people were very interested in the remarkable research approach we are all part of in this project.
We also had the opportunity to listen to a panel discussion about science education. One of the participants of the panel impressed me especially: Harold Kroto. He is a chemist who received the Nobel Prize in 1996 and emphasized in the discussion that science education is not only about educating children to become scientists. It also should aim at educating people to think scientifically in their everyday life or in political decisions, no matter what they will do later on. He also had a funny way to present his arguments:“If you make people think, they love you. If you make people really think, they hate you” was what he said in his talk earlier this week. A physicist from Germany pointed out this speech to me earlier when we talked about how science and art can be an inspiration to each other. Harold Kroto often emphasizes this connection. He shows in this essay, how creating a sculpture inspired a key scientific advance in his research about fullerene, so called “bucky balls”, spherical molecules with over 60 carbon atoms.
The boat trip ended with scientists and nobel laureates getting on the dance floor. Johannes joined in as talking became impossible because of the music. In a way, this was the best demonstration of what our project is about as scientists all together engaged in a new discussion: Moving to the beat.