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Global Climate Strike in Lisbon: video and pictures!

On September 27th, just days before I moved from Portugal to Germany, I made it to the Global Climate Strike in Lisbon. While I was there I collected footage of the march, and shared some impressions of it.

I put it all together in a YouTube video, and a photo album on Facebook! Enjoy!

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.

36 Energiewende II: Power Distribution

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 the increased awareness for environmental topics in the EU.

In this episode I talk to Tom Brown from the Karlsruhe Insttitute of Technology. He models how we can use different energy distribution systems to balance the fluctuating power production from renewable sources. There are many variables and options to consider. But the good news is that a carbon neutral economy in Germany should be possible.

We focus on Germany, because it’s Europe’s biggest economy. It is highly industrialized, and still very much reliant on fossil fuels for power production. And on top of transitioning away from fossil fuels, Germany is also fading out nuclear power as well. So, if Germany can manage a transition to a carbon neutral economy, every country should be able to achieve this, too. So it is worth keeping your eyes on Germany and the Energiewende.

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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.

Extended Episode Opened: Don’t Sleep Faster! – with Lars Dittrich

We open our exclusive extended edition podcast episodes on Patreon to the public after a 7 month embargo.

Arnold Schwarzenegger famously (and half-jokingly) proclaimed that if you need more than 6 hours of sleep, you should sleep faster. Many successful people claim to sleep very little and use the extra time to be productive.

But is this sound advise? I talked with Dr. Lars Dittrich, neuroscientist and former sleep researcher, about sleep.

Lars answers questions like What does sleep do? How is it regulated? What are the side-effects of acute and chronic sleep deprivation? How do I know if I sleep enough? How could sleep research inform policies and business practices?

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.

Full Extended Open: Anonymity in Peer Review, @sfprocur Anniversary & #ScienceTwitter – with Bart and Dennis

Bart and I were having a blast, we talked about a lot of things, but the main parts are about anonymity in peer review, and science on twitter. Including a couple of tangents 😉

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.

35 Why Academia Fails – with Bart and Dennis

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 last month – most importantly, I will give you my report on the Global Climate Strike as I experienced it in Lisbon, on September 27th.
This episode is special, in the sense that we decided to make it a 2-Part episode. In this first part we basically set up the background information, and in the November talk episode, we will have a proper, structured discussion.

And you have the chance to contribute! If you have read the book “How Nations Fail”, or are for other reasons familiar with the concepts of extracting and inclusive institutions, give us your feedback on how this could be applied to academia!

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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.

SfProcur curator October 08-13: Sophie Okolo – @sophieokolo

“Why aren’t our failures in science embraced the same way as our successes?”

Sophie Okolo, MPH, is the founder and chief editor of the website Global Health Aging, which covers research and news about healthy ageing. She is a science writer and researcher with a background in aging, bioinformatics, and health technology. Her insights and bylines have appeared in Forbes, MarketWatch, PBS Next Avenue, Philips, and IEEE Potentials, among others.

Sophie is interested in how technology can support healthy aging, and how it can help to fight the loneliness that many older adults experience. She communicates about these topics through podcasts, magazines, social media, etc. She also collaborates with colleagues working in areas such as assistive robotics.

While curating @sfprocur, Sophie will talk about embracing failure, finding resilience, and starting over in science.

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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.

SfProcur curator October 1-6: Marc Tennant – @MarcTennant

Make the world a better place by each of us by making a small contribution every day. Help someone today!

Dr. Marc Tennant is Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia, where he works on Dental Public Health. He is further founder and current Director of the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity. This collaborative is working on reducing marginalisation and addressing health inequality. Marc and this friends have been working to reduce marginalization for more than 25 years.

During his curation on @sfprocur, Marc will talk about the fantastic graduate students and wonderful colleagues who are working with him. ” As I come to the end of my career”, he writes, “I know the next generation is going to change the world. It is such a wonderful thing to be able to share with them. “

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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.

AltMetrics: A Better Way to Evaluate Research(ers)? (whole conversation) – Now open to everybody!

I talked with Steffen Lemke about “AltMetrics”, which aim to complement citation based metrics such as the Journal Impact Factor that we talked about, previously. These “alternative metrics” use data from the world wide web, such as mentions on social media, or software usage on platforms such as GitHub.

Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages that altmetrics provide, and the feasibility of application!

Final version: 21 Altmetrics: A Better Way to Evaluate Research(ers)? – with Steffen Lemke

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.

34 Community SciComm: The Addictive Brain – with Chinmaya Sadangi

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 which are still being met with rather disappointing responses from the governments. Because of this, I regularly feature science communicators on this podcast. The goal is to inform academics about the possibilities of contributing to science communication. This can be done either in parallel to their academic careers, or as a career choice.

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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.

SfProcur curator September 17-23: Greetchen Diaz – @GreetDiaz

Biologist Dr. Greetchen Díaz is Director of the Science Education Program and Community Partnerships at CienciaPR. As such, she is committed to make significant changes in the way the STEM disciplines are taught in Puerto Rican schools and beyond.

Greetchen was recently awarded the prestigious “IF/THEN Ambassadorship” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The goal of IF/THEN Ambassadors is to “share stories of their STEM journeys and the many ways in which they use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve problems and create new possibilities for the future”.

During her curation on @sfprocur, Greetchen wants to talk about women in STEM, Science for Service, and Scientists for K-12 Science Education.

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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.

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