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May 18, 2020

German-American Science Slam


Fulbright Germany is hosting a German-American Science Slam in Köln (Cologne), Germany, on Monday evening, May 18, 2020.

Participants of the first Science Slam in Berlin - Photo Credit: Karo Krämer

What is a German-American Science Slam?

It is a fun event with a succession of rapid-fire presentations featuring original research results by scientists in German or in English – on stage in front of a live audience. It is a chance to let personality shine in a 10-minute performance. Slammers deliver an exciting and approachable version of otherwise complex research. And they compete for the hearts and minds of the audience, whose applause determines the winner! You can learn more about last year’s slam here.

For the slam, we are looking for six scientists – three each from Germany and the United States – to share their passion for science with a broad and intercultural audience during this unconventional and enjoyable evening event.


The slam offers participants an audience for their research and exposure to others’ cutting-edge science. It offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from other scientific fields and countries. Furthermore:

  • Applicants selected to participate in the slam will be provided round-trip travel (within Germany) and accommodation in Köln (May 16-19, 2020).
  • Participants will receive personal coaching on presentation skills with experienced science slam show producers of policult.
The audience goes wild for research! - Photo Credit: Karo Krämer


The application is open to scientists and researchers from Germany and the United States from all academic fields (humanities, social science, natural sciences, or applied sciences). We welcome presentations of original research from all academic disciplines – from Anthropology to Zoology.

Applicants must have German and/or U.S. citizenship.


  • Applicants must present their own research results in their area of expertise.
  • We are seeking candidates with outgoing/energetic personalities who enjoy sharing their passion for science with the general public.
  • To take part in coaching sessions and rehearsals prior to the slam, applicants should be able to arrive in Köln on Saturday, May 16 and stay until Tuesday, May 19, 2020.


Please note that only complete applications will be considered. A complete application includes the following:

1. Electronic application form (Part 1)

Please download the application form and save under the file name: “ScienceSlam2020_LASTNAME_Firstname_Part1.pdf” (using the latest Adobe Reader) as Part 1 of your application. Fill out the application form electronically (so that we may digitally process your personal information) and save again.

Mac users: please do not use the preview-app to complete the form!

2. Signature page (Part 2)

Please download and print the signature page. Save the signed (with both signatures) and scanned form as a .pdf document under the file name: “ScienceSlam2020_LASTNAME_Firstname_Part2.pdf” as Part 2 of your application.

Please send Part 1 and Part 2 as separate .pdf documents in one email to To guarantee the successful submission of your application, please ensure that the attachment sizes of Part 1 and Part 2 combined are no larger than 10 MB.

3. Video

As part of the application, we ask that you send us a short video (max. 1 minute long) in which you briefly: (1) introduce yourself, (2) introduce the topic of your research.

This can be an informal video filmed with a mobile device. The video quality will not be judged – we hope to learn more about your “stage personality” and “delivery style.” You may think of it as the introduction of your eventual science slam presentation.

Upon receipt of your application, we will send instructions for electronically transferring your video to us.

The application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020.

Please note our data protection declaration and data protection information regarding your application.

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Applicants will be notified of the selection results by end of March 2020.

The Science Slam is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


If you have any questions, please contact:

Charlotte Koyro,

Fulbright Commission
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin

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