Science for Societal Progress

Science for Societal Progress


Latest Episodes

36 Energiewende II: Power Distribution
October 20, 2019

This summer climate change has finally made it back into public discussion in Germany. In the last episode on climate change, Rüdiger Eichel and I spoke about Fridays for Future and how the results of the election for the European Parliament reflected ...

35 Why Academia Fails – with Bart and Dennis
October 06, 2019

The main topic for this episode is Why Academia Fails… or better, what we may learn from the book “Why Nations Fail” (Acemoglu & Robinson) about the shortcomings of academia. But before we get to it, we will talk briefly about what happened over the l...

34 Community SciComm: The Addictive Brain – with Chinmaya Sadangi
September 22, 2019

In this episode I talk with Dr. Chinmaya Sadangi about his Science Communication Project "The Addictive Brain". Science Communication is of major importance. This becomes increasingly clear as we are witnessing the climate action demonstrations whi...

33 Mandatory Open Access & E****ier – with Bart & Dennis
September 01, 2019

Photo by Miriam Berger and Bart Geurten We are back from the summer break! So, we resume the “Bart and Dennis” Talk format! Bart and I briefly talk about Bart’s research, because he just published an article!

32 Harassment — Speak Up in Academia — with Alice Hertzog
August 18, 2019

That sexual harassment, bullying, but also academic misconduct such as advisers plagiarizing their student’s work, happen in academia has never been a big secret. Rumors and scandals over the mistreatment of students, grad students, postdocs,

31 The Liberation of Science – with Jon Tennant
July 28, 2019

Open science for some people it is just science done correctly. For others it is the revolutionary change in the whole academic culture. These different perspectives are highly dependent on your views on the role of science in society,

30 B&D LIVE: Pseudoscience Game
July 10, 2019

Pseudoscience is like a thorn in my brain. Besides being potentially dangerous when people rely on “alternative” “medicine” instead of finding actual help, sometimes it just bothers me when somebody is wrong on the internet.

29 Climate Action: Energiewende – with Rüdiger Eichel
June 23, 2019

For this episode I speak with Dr. Rüdiger Eichel, professor for Materials and Processes for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage at the RWTH Aachen University, and Scientific Director for the Institute for Energy and Climate Research at the ...

28 B&D: The Rise of the Greens in the EU, Homeopathy, & Postdocs
June 09, 2019

Once a month Bart Geurten and I talk about current topics in the Bart and Dennis (“B&D”) series. This time we talk about the success of the Greens in the EU parliament elections, homeopathy, and postdocs. Announcement

27 Precarious Postdocs. A Future for Research? – with Gary McDowell
May 26, 2019

Postdocs are, besides graduate students, the main workforce in academic research. Following the PhD, the postdoc position is the only way to follow a research career within academia. Many PhDs around the world are advised to go to the USA for a postdoc...