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Berlin, DE - Berlin Science Week

  • Prachtwerk 2 Ganghoferstraße Berlin, Berlin, 12043 Germany (map)

The Story Collider Presents: Springer Storytellers

This November join us for our first show in Germany! In partnership with Springer Nature’s Springer Storytellers program, we’ll present an evening of true, personal stories about science in conjunction with the Berlin Science Week. Register below to attend for FREE:

Hosted by Erin Barker and Misha Gajewski. Doors at 18:30. Show begins at 19:00.

Stories by:


Stefan Hecht heads the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry and Functional Materials at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he grew up and studied chemistry before moving to the UC Berkeley to obtainhis PhD. After returning to Germany Stefan started his independent research program in the area of nano and material science. His research interests range from synthetic macromolecular and supramolecular chemistry to surface science, with particular focus on developing photoswitchable molecules to remote-control materials and devices as well as physical, chemical, and biological processes. More information can be found at:


Henrik Walter started his research investigating rabbit lungs and ended up being a psychiatrist. His professional path was anything but straight which he likes to think to be a result of his curiosity rather than indecisiveness. Having studied medicine, philosophy and psychology he wanted to become a specialist in internal medicine. For some reasons however, he started in neurology, followed by teaching philosophy at a Technical University for some years. In order to become board certified in neurology he had to do his obligatory psychiatric year. This was such a satisfactory clinical experience that he continued and eventually became a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Instead of working in a renowned lab abroad, Henrik went to the deep south of Germany, where he was offered the chance to build up the then smallest German University Department of Psychiatry from the scratch as it's Deputy Director. Only there he started out in neuroimaging research and cognitive neuroscience leading him with some intermediate stations to the Charité in Berlin in 2010. There he is lucky enough to continue working in how Henrik says the 'Bermuda triangle of psychiatry, neuroscience and philosophy': Easy to get lost but in a wonderful part of the world.


Monica Dunford is an experimental high-energy particle physicist working on the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. She is currently at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Prof. Dunford’s research ranges from combing through petabytes of data in search of new elusive particles to crawling in small, dusty places connecting thousands of kilometers of cables.

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Stefan Rahmstorf is professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and co-chair of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. His work focuses on the role of the oceans in climate change, on paleoclimate and on extreme weather events. He served from 2004-2013 in the German government’s Advisory Council on Global Change and has published over 100 scientific papers and (co-)authored four books. As a young postdoc, a senior professor told him that only bad scientists speak to the media. He ignored this advice and in 2017 he became the first scientist outside the US to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union.


Sonja Jost is the inventor, cofounder, and CEO of DexLeChem GmbH, a green chemistry startup. She studied Industrial Engineering / Technical Chemistry at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Handelsblatt, ZEIT online, as well as EditionF listed Jost among “25 women who are changing our world”, Capital magazine named her “40 under 40” entrepreneurs, and the economic business magazine Business Punk chose her as #1 of their 2018 watch list “100 startups, makers, creatives”. She is member of the first jury of the “SME Instrument” of the European Commission (since 2018) as well as the German competition “100 Excellent Places – Germany, Land of Ideas” of the Federal government and the German Industry Association (since 2017).

Earlier Event: October 30
Cambridge, MA - Unmasked
Later Event: November 6
New York, NY - Urban Oceans