Bundesciencia Science Cafe

The Science Cafe takes place under a friendly and close atmosphere consisting in talks of 15-20 minutes followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. It is organized by the Society of Spanish Researchers in Germany (Sociedad de Científicos Españoles en la República Federal de Alemania – CERFA).

The main topic of the next Bundesciencia Science Cafe is to shed light to the work and effort of women in science.

Date - 26.03.2018
Hour - 19:00 h
Location - Cervantes Institute, Rosenstraße 18, 10178 Berlin

Talks and Abstracts

The Science Cafe will be conducted in English.

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya

Beatriz Roldán Cuenya

Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

‘Catalysis at the nanoscale’

Currently, we develop customized materials with optimized performance for a variety of applications, including those relevant in the fields of energy conversion and environmental science (e.g. the transformation of CO2 to valuable chemicals and fuels). These materials aim to improve our life-quality and diminish our carbon footprint. This talk focusses on the understanding of novel physico-chemical properties of nanostructured materials at gas/liquid/solid interfaces. The optimal design of nanoparticles, nanostructures, surface-modified thin films and multilayers are the basis for the understanding of the dynamic behaviour of surfaces and interfaces in different chemical environments. Using state-of-the-art synchrotron-based microscopy and spectroscopy characterization methods, we obtain a deeper understanding of the materials, being able to tune catalytic performance at the atomic level to achieve our initial goals.

Prof. Dr. Anne-Frances Miller

Anne-Frances Miller

University of Kentucky

‘Life is a journey, not a destination’

This generation faces challenges that span the whole world and all people. It is time to change ourselves and the way we live on our precious planet. I devote my career to teaching science and elucidating biological means of using water and energy more economically. Ancient lineages of bacteria reveal mechanisms of using electron transfer energy in more versatile and efficient ways. My research aims to permit implementation of such strategies in man-made materials and devices. We also work with engineers to create catalytic artificial membranes that can remove agricultural toxins as water passes through. Finally, I work with teachers, after-school clubs, and even churches to give children and parents confidence that science is real, and the problems are real, but they can be addressed with science as a part of the solu-tion. These activities are united in my public service goals as President-Elect of the Biological Division of the American Chemical Society.

Prof. Dr. Sutapa Chakrabarti

Sutapa Chakrabarti

Freie Universität Berlin

‘Understanding the “hows” and “whys” of mRNA degradation’

Our lab focuses on studying mechanisms of mRNA degradation in eukaryotes. Post-transcriptional regulation is an important step in determining the gene expression profile of a cell and a critical step therein is regulating the level as well as the quality of mRNA transcripts. We employ structural and biochemical tools to decipher how RNA binding proteins recognise their target RNA, engage the mRNA degradation machinery of the cell and also how they are regulated in the context of specific pathways. The talk will focus on the function and regulation of a specific RNA binding protein which is involved in multiple decay pathways.