SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival 2021

15.09 - 19.09.2021, Halle (Saale)

All events are free of charge. For events with a ticket link, registration is required in advance. For events that do not have a ticket link, registration in advance is not necessary.

Wed 15 September

Leopoldina goes to School: Why do we perceive something as fair or unfair? Youths discuss with research and politics

Dr. Karamba Diaby, SPD Member of Parliament, Commissioner for Integration I Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets, Director, Max Planck Institute for Ethnological Research I Moderation: Anna von Gruenewaldt, Koordinatorin, Lange Woche der Nachhaltigkeit,  Jonathan Unterweger & Alena Simon, Speech Science, MLU Halle-Wittenberg

We often hear that there needs to be more equality. But what does that actually mean? Tell us what you think about "justice." [...]


Thu 16 September


Language in conversation

Kübra Gümüşay, Journalist, Blogger, Author and Net Activist I Moderation: Leyla Jagiella, Ethnologist, Religious Scholar and Trans Activist

We need to talk. About the power and limits of language. Kübra Gümüşay, author of the bestseller " Sprache und Sein" (Language and Being) in an exchange with Leyla Jagiella. [...]




High below to deep above - scientific encounters between space and the deep sea

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, Director, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) I Dr. Suzanna Randall, Astrophysicist, European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Research is also a question of justice, as Antje Boetius and Suzanna Randall know. The two researchers in a conversation, moderated by Petra Ahne. [...]




Fri 17 September


Presentation of the student project "Pandemic and Democratic Rights - Young People Ask".

Moderator: Ilka Bickmann, Head of Youth & Science Communication SILBERSALZ Festival, Executive Board science2public e.V.

What impact does the pandemic have on the democratic rights of young people? What is democratically justifiable, where are rights being curtailed, and is this happening rightly? A social science study by pupils. [...]


Into another Now - with Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis, Professor of Economics, Politician, Hellenic Parliament (MeRA 25) I Moderation: Angela Richter, Regisseurin, Journalistin

In his first science fiction novel, politician and economist Yanis Varoufakis imagines an alternative concept of society. In conversation with Angela Richter, he reveals why and how. [...]



Sat 18 September


At the intersection of technological change and social justice

Buse Cetin, activist and AI specialist I Hera Hussain, Founder, Chayn | Benjamin Ignac, Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations | Nani Jansen Reventlow, Director, Digital Freedom Fund | Dr. Nakeema Damali Stefflbauer, Founder & Director, FrauenLoop

A focus on marginalized perspectives is necessary to embed the principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into technologies






Love and Nature: A declaration of love to the greatest artist of all

Prof Dr Antje Boetius, Director, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Fritz Habekuß, Editor, Die Zeit

Ties and togetherness - Immerse yourself in the manifold human love for and in encounters with other forms of life [...]


Rethinking Economy and Growth

Prof. Dr. Niko Paech, Post-Growth Economist, University of Siegen I Waldemar Zeiler, Co-founder & CEO, Einhorn, Author of "Unfuck The Economy” I Host: Annemarie Botzki, Campaigner, WeMove Europe, Activist, Extinction Rebellion

Do we need new values? Start-up founder Waldemar Zeiler, Niko Paech, professor of post-growth economics, and activist Annemarie Botzki discuss solutions for a sustainable economy and society. [...]






Pull up a Chair #1 - Ask your questions to researchers from "Die Junge Akademie"

Dr Viola Priesemann, Head of Research Group "Neural SystemsTheory", Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization I Prof Dr Timo de Wolff, Head of Research Group “Algebra”, Institute of Analysis and Algebra, Braunschweig University of Technology

How do you research the spread and containment of a virus or the flow of information in neural networks? And what questions are currently being addressed in research on algebraic mathematics? [...]


After the Facts

Marcus Gilroy-Ware, Autor, Dozent für digitalen Journalismus, University of the West of England

We have more information at our disposal now than at any time before. So why, in a world of rising sea levels, resurgence of the far-right, and a global pandemic, do so many people believe in bizarre and untrue things about the world? [...]

Sun 19 September

Pull up a Chair #2 -Science meets Religion and vice versa

Peter Kube, pastor, Domgemeinschaft and invited scientists

How do religion and theology relate to other scientific disciplines and how does a profitable exchange succeed? [...]


A question of equal vaccination

Tahir Amin, Mitbegründer & CEO, Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK) I Prof. Dr. Gagandeep Kang, The Wellcome Trust Forschungslabor I Kai Kupferschmidt, Wissenschaftsjournalist, RiffReporter & Science Magazine

In Germany, the majority of the population has already been vaccinated against Covid-19. In other countries, only a few percent are. What steps are needed to protect us all? [...]

Pull up a Chair #3 - Who pays for the CO2?

Dr Jasper Meya & Dr Felix Meier, Biodiversity Economics Group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

What do you think about the CO2 price? And how can it be made effective and fair? Share your ideas and exchange ideas with scientists who are investigating these questions. [...]



Environmental Justice - The nexus between environmental and social justice

Prof. Dr. Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) I Dr. Kira Vinke, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) I Suzanne Dhaliwal, lecturer, climate and environmental justice activist I Moderation: Fritz Habekuß, Editor, Die Zeit

The nexus between environmental and social justice: Problems like poverty and racism are ( also ) related to environmental issues. Scientists will discuss what this means for our actions from different perspectives.[...]





Step by Step: 10 Choices for a better Now - In Conversation with Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran, Author, Journalist and Political Commentator I Moderation: Luisa Seeling, Journalist

Turkish author and dissident Ece Temelkuran talks about social polarisation, the dismantling of democratic principles and the power of global solidarity. [...]