Averting the doomsday using CRISPR

Florian Rösch &
Mainak Das Gupta

Could food production be increased through new genetic engineering technology?

What could the unintended consequences for consumers be?

Scientists believe that genome processing is a key to solving the biggest problems of our time.

Is the benefit really worth the risk?

What could go wrong and how does our ethics inform this tech?



Histories of Climate Change

Dr. Petra Weschenfelder

Archaeological studies can tell us a lot about human influence on local climate.

Even the "climate sins" from the Roman Empire are still detectable and influence human lives in the region to this day!


The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

Prof. Lewis Dartnell

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has come to an end and you and your community of survivors need to start over.


What knowledge do you need not only to survive the immediate post-apocalyptic aftermath, but to avert another dark age and accelerate the restart of civilization from the ground up?


The impacts of drag utopias in an alternate universe

Dr. Lisa Pettibone

This talk will analyze important utopian texts by queer authors who are considered pioneers of speculative fiction and discover a new typology of the types of changes they inspire.


Artificial Intelligence - Reality or Fiction?

Fabian J. G. Westerheide

A journey through the classics of film history: Matrix, Black Mirror, Love Death & Robots, Terminator, Her, Stark Trek, Ex Machina - What has already become reality? And what are (un)realistic scenarios?


Let's decide together what is or could be reality and what will forever stay fiction!


Charting the inner world - how machine learning has transformed genetics

Prof. Dr. Uwe Ohler

Sequencing of the human genome is one of the best known scientific achievements of the past decades. For over twenty years, Machine Learning, which may be defined as a precursor to AI, played a huge role in decyphering the human sourcecode.


Learn how a potentially perilious scientific discovery can make another doomsday technology safer to use!



Climate Change: Hot Stuff

David Nelles
Christian Serrer

Melting glaciers, rising sea levels and increasing weather extremes are among the best-known consequences of global warming that are already happening today.

But what if the temperature continues to rise and we fail to meet the famous 2°C target? Are we about to free earth of mankind?


Let's find out with David Nelles & Christian Serrer!



Demon's honey

Sebastian Huncke

From the late Middle Ages until far into the early modern period animals were on trial when they injured people.

The story here is about existential fears, caused by the changes at that time and the resulting social effects.

Let's learn & discuss which patterns of this 600 years old crisis management strategy are still used in the climate change debate today.

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Cosmic Collisions and 100 other ways the Universe is trying to kill you!

Tim Florian Horn

What prevents the Universe from ending humanity?

What could bring humanity to the same fate as the dinosaurs?


Join Tim Florian Horn, President of the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin and Director of the Zeiss-Großplanetarium, as he explains just how the universe is trying to kill us.


From De-Extinction to Martian Microbes: How We Will Un-Doom the World with the Software of Life Itself

Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis

Humanity is facing extraordinary challenges and innovation cannot save us, but disruption might.

And the greatest disruptions of the 21st century are born at the intersection of technology and biology!

Science Fiction and Ethics: how post-apocalyptic stories raise social dilemmas

Dr. Emma Harris

Science fiction and ethics have a key aspect in common:

they both ask questions about the consequences of the choices we make, both as individuals and as a society.

There is no doubt about the impact of storytelling and representation in scifi on technological research.

But how strong is this influence really?



How to devastate a planet

Dr. Richard Hofmann

Collected fossil records provide excellent opportunities to analyze the effect of environmental change on organisms and ecosystems.​

Almost every major mass extinction of the geological past was driven by massive release of greenhouse gas.​

Keeping the rate of CO2-emissions at current levels is the fastest way to get a mass-extinction-revival.

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Genome engineering - the CRISPR-Cas9 revolutionary technology

Dr. Dubravka Vučićević

Learn why mastering the operating system of life is our real-world superpower to help humanity flourish on Earth and one day, build a home among the stars.

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How a romantic poet anticipated the problem with AI

Ines Theileis

The history of female AI is a story full of misunderstandings and deceptions.


Look forward to a lecture that tries to find an explanation for our dealings with Artificial intelligence in an impossible way.



At least we'll have something to drink…

Daniel Meza

"So, Apocalypse was yesterday, and only a small part of the world population survived."


A talk about physics, solar energy, climate change envelope-calculations and if-scenarios.



How To Create Killer Fake News

Prof. Dr. Steffen P. Walz

Let's create the greatest, fakiest, newsiest Fake News ever, with the objective to drive the world into the apocalypse!



Sleeping Beauty and Gödel's Demons

Dr. Matthias Plaue

Mary's Room: Can subjective experience be explained by objective facts?


Sleeping Beauty: Can uncertainty be measured objectively?


The Continuum Hypothesis: What can we ever know about the infinite?


Interactive game on dangers of strong Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Helmut Linde

A few hundred years from now, an artificial super-intelligence will enslave humanity with an army of Terminator-style robots, right?

Great news: You may not have to wait so long! Modest human-level artificial intelligence combined with today's technology are all you need to conquer the planet. Wanna know how? Join this interactive thought experiment!



Real or fake?

BesserWissen e.V.

Genetically manipulated babies, apocalyptic pole shifts or Space Force missions to Mars - Real or Fake?


Our scientists will present unlikely truths and realistic lies.


And who knows, maybe the end of the world will appear less near after the real answers are unveiled.