Science for Progress

because science is fundamental in the 21st century

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

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.


And we have a big announcement: On July 7th we will do a live episode on YouTube! For the show we want to play a little game. And for this to work, we need you cooperation! Send us your weirdest/funniest parascience or pseudoscience stories or soundbites! You can support either Bart or Dennis by sending your story to, or, respectively. We will randomly select a winner from all entries, who will get a free t-shirt form our merchandise store!

Do you have questions, comments or suggestion? Email, write us on facebook or twitter, or leave us a video message on Skype for dennis.eckmeier.


The Greens

In the recent EU parliament elections, Bart voted for the Green party. And overall, the Greens have gained a lot of seats. This is mostly because of the increased awareness for climate action in the population. But are the Greens a good option for evidence based policies in general?

Our own experience is with the Green party in Germany, so apologies for the German-centered politics discussion. If you aren’t from Germany, please let us know what you think by getting in contact (see box for contacts)! We’d really like to hear other takes on this from other countries!


We then talk about homeopathy. I recently wrote a short post on a current issue, where a German pharmaceutical company is trying to silence a homeopathy critic in Germany.


And finally we look back at the last episode on the conditions for postdocs we discussed in the last episode with Gary McDowell. We compare what “Future of Research” found with our own experiences and expectations as postdocs.

further readings

A quiet revolution sweeps Europe as Greens become a political force
Pharma Company Admonishes Homeopathy Critics in Germany
27 Precarious Postdocs. A Future for Research? – with Gary McDowell

about Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis founded Science for Progress. He received a PhD in neuroscience in 2010 in Germany. Until 2018 he worked as a postdoc in the USA, and Portugal. In 2017 he co-organized the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal. Dennis is currently a freelancer.