Fact or Fake - Science Explained

Which facts are alternative? Why do they exist at all? What do populism and science have to do with it? What is it to me?

These and other questions are the focus of the lecture series entitled "Fact or Fake - Science Explained" (formerly "Science and Alternative Facts"). Scientists from various disciplines will present their current research in a generally understandable way in 30-minute talks. The focus is on current controversial topics that we all encounter daily and that accordingly are also of relevance to everyone.

The special feature: They give first-hand insight into their scientific working methods, the complex path to a "fact" or how a topic can become controversial. After the lectures there is room for open discussion, questions to the lecturers and own thoughts.

 

There will be an eighth edition of the lecture series in the summer semester of 2021. Each event starts at 6:30 pm and ends around 8:30 pm. The program:

29.04.2021 Ausbreitung von COVID-19 und Strategien der Eindämmung
(Dr. Viola Priesemann, Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation Göttingen)
Video

27.05.2021 Internationale Handelspolitik: Crash zwischen Wahrnehmung und Realität
(Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, Präsident des Institutes für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel)
Video

10.06.2021 Wahrscheinlich richtig? Ein stochastischer Blick in die Medien
(Prof. Sören Christensen, Mathematisches Seminar, CAU Kiel)
Video

24.06.2021 Grünes GRÖNLAND?
(Dr. Janin Schaffer, AWI Alfred Wegener Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven)
Lecture slides

08.07.2021 Daten und KI: Wie Maschinen richtig funktionieren und doch falsch liegen können
(Prof. Dirk Nowotka, Institut für Informatik, CAU Kiel)

 

The lecture series will be held as a video conference using the software “Zoom". The access link is available here.
Please note that the lecture series will be held in German.

Program, Press release

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Contact:

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Bonitz
Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
Phone: 0431 880-4122
Email: bonitz@theo-physik.uni-kiel.de
Homepage of Prof. Michael Bonitz

 

Organizing Team:

Hanna Campen (Doctoral researcher at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel)
Tobias Hahn (Doctoral researcher at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel)
Lukas Deuchler (Doctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics)
Dr. Patrick Ludwig (Postdoc at the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics)
Monja Gronenberg (Doctoral researcher at the Institute for Material Sciences)
Dr. Hendrik Böhnke (Postdoc at the Institute of Physical Chemistry)
Katharina Fließbach (Doctoral researcher at the Research and Technology Centre, West Coast)


Alumni:
Jannes Klee (Doctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics)
Johanna Ira Blase (Doctoral researcher at the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology)
Dr. Elisa Rosati (Postdoc at the Institute for Clinical Molecular Biology of the UKSH)

 

Science and Alternative Facts VII

Winter semester 2020/21

Program

Press release der CAU

 

05.11.2020 Wohin führt uns die Coronavirus-Pandemie? (Prof. Helmut Fickenscher, CAU und UKSH)

Video

 

26.11.2020 5G: Fake News vs. Naked Facts (Prof. Alexander Lerchl, Jacobs-Universität Bremen)

Video

 

10.12.2020 „Grünes“ Wachstum: Wo liegt die Grenze zwischen Fortschrittsromantik und alternativen Fakten? (Prof. Niko Paech, Universität Siegen)

Lecture slides Video

 

07.01.2021 Verschwörungstheorien in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Die USA und Deutschland im Vergleich (Prof. Michael Butter, Universität Tübingen)

Lecture slides Video

 

21.01.2021 Klima Geoengineering: Mögliche Wirkungen, Nebenwirkungen und Risiken (Prof. Mark Lawrence, Institut für transformative Nachhaltigkeitsforschung Potsdam)

Lecture slides Video

 

11.02.2021 Schäfchen zählen hilft beim Einschlafen, und blaues Licht ist schlecht – oder nicht? Schlafmythen auf dem wissenschaftlichen Prüfstand (Dr. Christine Blume, Universität Basel)

Video

 

Science and Alternative Facts VI

Summer semester 2020

Program

Press release der CAU

 

14.05.2020 Fakten und Mythen zum Coronavirus: Raue See, Sturm aus allen Richtungen und noch dazu Glatteis (Prof. Helmut Fickenscher, Infektionsmedizin)

Lecture slides Video

 

28.05.2020 Von der pflanzlichen Gentechnik zur Genom-Edierung (Prof. Frank Kempken, Botanische Genetik und Molekularbiologie)

Lecture slides Video

 

04.06.2020 „Anxiety Culture" – Angstkultur als Paradigmenwechsel (Prof. Ulrich Hoinkes, Romanistik)

Lecture slides Video

 

11.06.2020 Energie, Klima, Zukunft – navigieren in schwierigem Gelände (Prof. Franz Josef Radermacher, Informatik)

Video

 

25.06.2020 CO2-Bepreisung als klimapolitisches Instrument – Fakten, Fragen und falsche Interpretationen (Prof. Sonja Peterson, Umwelt und natürliche Ressourcen)

Lecture slides Video

 

02.07.2020 Natürlich oder menschengemacht? Beispiele von Extremwetterereignissen in Zeiten des Klimawandels (Dr. Friederike Otto, Klimatologie)

Lecture slides Video

 

Science and Alternative Facts V

Winter semester 2019/20

Program

Press release der CAU

 

16.01.2020 Sport und Gesundheit – Mythen und Legenden (Prof. Burkhard Weisser, Sportwissenschaft)

Lecture slides Video

 

06.02.2020 Quantenphysik: zwischen Fakten, Mythen und Esoterik (Prof. Michael Bonitz, Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik)

Lecture slides Video

 

13.02.2020 Die PSI-Tests der GWUP – 10.000 Euro für den Nachweis von Paranormalem (Dr. Mahner, Wissenschaftstheorie)

Lecture slides

 

Science and Alternative Facts IV

Summer semester 2019

Program

 

06.06.2019 Worauf wir uns verlassen können: Unsicherheiten in der Klimamodellierung (Prof. Andreas Oschlies, Biogeochemische Modellierung)

Lecture slides Video

 

20.06.2019 Wahrheit, Wirklichkeit und die Medien der Aufklärung (Prof. Cornelius Borck, Medizingeschichte und Wissenschaftsforschung)

Lecture slides Video

 

04.07.2019 Mythen und Fakten zur Regulation des Körpergewichts (Prof. Anja Bosy-Westphal, Humanernährung)

Lecture slides

 

11.07.2019 Wie rassistisch sind die USA? (Lukas Mihr, Journalist)

 

Science and Alternative Facts III

Winter semester 2018/19

Program

 

10.01.2019 Wie einfache Wahrheiten die Demokratie untergraben: Beispiel Energiewende nach der Kattowitzer Klimakonferenz (Prof. Felix Ekardt, Öffentliches Recht und Reschtsphilosophie)

Lecture slides Video

 

17.01.2019 Glaskugel vs Blackbox: Über den Nutzen von Simulationsmodellen in der Politikberatung (Dr. Ruth Delzeit, Umwelt und natürliche Ressourcen)

Lecture slides Video

 

07.02.2019 Über Wahrheit und Wirklichkeiten im Recht (Prof. Ino Augsberg, Rechtsphilosophie und Öffentliches Recht)

Lecture slides Video

 

21.02.2019 Neue Fakten oder bestehende Einstellungen: Was bestimmt unsere Meinungen (z. B. zum Klimawandel)? (Prof. Florian Kaiser,  Persönlichkeits- und Sozialpsychologie)

Lecture slides

 

Science and Alternative Facts II

Summer semester 2018

Program

Press release der CAU

 

24.05.2018 Wahrheit in den Geisteswissenschaften: Alles nur eine Sache der Interpretation? (Dr. David Lauer, Philosophie)

14.06.2018 Man akzeptiert nur das, was ins eigene Weltbild passt … Unerwartete Erkenntnisse über Intelligenz (Lukas Mihr, Journalist) Lecture slides

28.06.2018 Was sind die Fakten im Dieselskandal? Fazit aus dem March for Science 2018 (Prof. Michael Bonitz, Theoretische Physik)

19.07.2018 Paradigmenwechsel in der Medizin – Gemengelage von Interessen (Prof. Ulrich Stephani, Medizin)

 

Science and Alternative Facts I

Wintersemester 2017/18

Program

Press release der CAU

 

11.01.2018 Relativitätstheorie und Unschärfe - gibt es noch Fakten in der Physik? (Prof. Michael Bonitz, Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik) Lecture slides

25.01.2018 Wenn die Aliens mit ihren UFOs kommen, dann ist was los (Prof. Wolfgang Duschl, Astrophysik)

08.02.2018 Die Wirksamkeit von Impfungen – die Freude am Abwägen und Entscheiden (Prof. Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Medizin)

 

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