EMIM 2017 Science Slam

What is a Science Slam?

We all know it! Working in science means to first convince yourself and then others, be it for the sake of truth, publishing or funding.

Science Slam is a science communication format where young scientists explain their research projects in short talks that are easy to follow and afterwards the audience gets to vote. The important thing is not primarily the scientific outcome of their work, but to explain it in an understandable, entertaining and concise way.

If one is skilled in proving the value of one's own research to the right people, many doors open up. Therefore, use this chance to practice how to inspire the audience and promote your PhD project or another scientific idea you are passionate about.

Show to the conference attendees why your project or chosen topic is important, significant, different or simply awesome. The idea is to convey a single, specific message while staying general enough for someone with a psychology or physics or biology background to get your point. You are completely free in choosing the format: slides, pictures, videos, various requisites, music, dance or pantomime, having a live-experiment on stage, or a combination of all

The best slam presentations will be voted for by the audience and wins a prize! And above all, it will be a lot of fun!

How to participate

Sign-in during your EMIM registration. Participation is limited to 12 - first come-first serve rule applies.


  • You need to register to the EMIM to participate in the science slam.
  • It is obligatory to join the pre-Workshop at 4 April 2017 starting at 17.30h.
  • You need to be available to present your work during the plenary session at 5 April 2017 at 18.30.
  • No additional fee is charged for your participation in the science slam.

7 Reasons to participate in a Science Slam

  1. Science slams are a good training for your presentation skills: Your next conference presentation or lectures will definitely benefit from that experience.
  2. Science slams make science easier to understand. What has been only understandable for a small group of insiders is now accessible to the broad mass. Get important feedback also from non-insiders.
  3. Science slams contribute to the exchange between different research disciplines.
  4. Science slams may help improving exchange between academic research and industry.
  5. Science slams can help raising the „impact“of accompanied scientific publications.
  6. Science slams can get others interested for your own research discipline and university.
  7. Science slams are just a lot of fun!

by Prof. Jens Dittrich, University Saarland