Science Slam Cologne, Germany #1 (Part 2)

by Oliver Adria on 25/07/2010

scienceslamThen it began. I won’t give you a presentation-to-presentation review, but to give you an idea on what the topics are, here is a short line-up:

The first preentation started and it was about Cologne’s Klüngel Society… nepotism society would be the best phrase to describe it, I think. The person presenting it had written a doctoral thesis about it.

The second presentation was about laughing. Of course, this presentation would already score some points just by having this subject. The actual subject was about how laughing compares to physical activity (crunches / sit-ups) for muscle-building. He showed some clips of people laughing, which then made people in the audience laugh (it took half a minute to take effect, though).

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The third presentation was about… testicle eating fish. Or so I thought. As it turns out, this was a funny analogy in order to explain a complex scientific research test. (And as I later found out, this guy is an experienced Science Slammer and has presented in other cities already.)

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The fourth presentation was on fish population and modelling of ecological systems. A difficult subject, and the presenter was quite nervous, but I think she did a decent job.

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The fifth presentation was about Dutch groups during the 80-year-war which started in the 16th century. This was the only presentation that was ended before its end.

After some calculation of the points, the winner was set: The testicle-eating fish analogy!!

Conclusion

Overall, this was a really fun evening. I liked the fact, that the format was a bit more open and only limits the presentation to 10 minutes. I think 10 minutes is a good time (with a possible extension if permitted by the audience).

This is in opposed to Pecha Kucha, where the duration of the slide and the number of slides is strictly set. Both are definitely challenges of course, but in Pecha Kucha I think you adapt very much to the Pecha Kucha style and perhaps the type of presentation changes. E.g. what if you don’t want to show any slides? Or what if you want to show 4 slides in 20 seconds? Nonetheless, I like both formats and they each have their challenges.

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The end ceremony and prizes for the five presenters.

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