IN ENGLISCH - Everything Bio-Logical
Have you ever wondered how the brain actually works? Or what allows you to even wonder at all? Join our female* scientists to learn and discuss what it means to be working at the interface between biology, physics and informatics.
Together with other girls* interested in STEM, you will take part in two different workshops in the morning, in which you will learn new things about brains and neurons and about current research in bioinformatics and biophysics. [We decided to give this workshop in English as it's the language of science. Don't hesitate to join!]
Workshop "From Genes to neurons. How to make brains colorful and what we can learn": Did you ever wonder how the brain actually works? Researchers around the globe like us are trying to answer this long-lasting question. Thereby we are using the little fruit fly, also known as Drosophila to understand how brains are structured, evolving, and functioning. And yes, flies do have brains!
In this workshop, you'll be seeing behind the curtain of a neuroscience lab. We're going to explain how those little, annoying bugs from our home kitchens are useful tools in science. You'll not only get an insight into the daily business of a neurobiologist. Moreover, you'll learn about the importance of genes, neurons and get to know what we can learn from making brains colorful.
Workshop "How I turned from a schoolgirl into a scientist in computational biophysics /How I became a PhD student in bioinformatics ": Prof. Cecilia Clementi will be happy to share her background, her motivation and the journey to becoming a natural scientist with you, to demonstrate that this path can be a great choice and option for women to follow in the future. She will also introduce her research area at Freie Universität in theoretical and computational biophysics, describing what they are working towards, the specific questions they are considering and the different methods they are developing, such as coarse graining and machine learning. Katarina Elez will talk about what motivated her to pursue science and how that road has looked like up to now. She would be happy to talk about women in STEM and discuss some examples of female scientists. Finally, she will bring you closer to the topic of bioinformatics closer and explain what her research at the Freie Universität is about.