EURAXESS Science Slam has its 2015 winner!
Congratulations to Vikas Malik (CAS Guangzhou Institute for Biomedicine and Health) who won a trip to Europe in a fierce competition of brave and bright science communicators on Tuesday 27th, in InnoWay's 3W Café.
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A science slam is a scientific talk where researchers compete to present their work in front of a lay audience. Science slam is a way to show the engaging and fascinating side of research to the wider public.
After a welcome European drink, the audience - international research community in Beijing - first saw the slam of Dr Li Yinfeng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a PhD in Solid Mechanics) who demonstrated the power of graphene with his basketball "Slam Dunk". Our second finalist, Dr Tonni Kurniawan, (Xiamen University), enchanted the audience with his slam "Creating Value of Unused Thrash for Sustainability: How to Convert Thrash into Cash". Next on stage - and last one before the break - came Ms
Adèle Poirier (Tongji University/l'Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique). Adèle's slam - "Power of Light" - introduced light pollution in Shanghai as a research problem from her point of view as a design researcher.
During the well-deserved break, the evaluation time to assess, compare, contrast kept us busy, together with the swirling waiting staff from 3W, bringing food and energy, reminding us the reasons why 3W is Beijing's prime spot for budding creative entrepreneurs.
After the break, Dr Chen Cheng (Shanghai Second Polytechnic University) stepped onto the stage. He impressed us all with his powerful slam "The Beauty of Photonic Crystals". Last - but not least - came Vikas Malik (based in Guangzhou CAS Instiute for Biomedicine and Health). Vikas is originally from India and previously studied also in Beijing at UCAS. His PhD research in stem cells was compared to the journey of Frodo The Hobbit into Mordor.
The night witnessed a fierce competition among China's next generation of science communicators but in the end the audience decided that Vikas Malik should win a trip to Europe! CONGRATULATIONS! And thanks everyone for a great night at 3W Café!!!