Trilateral Science Slams: Russia – Germany – United States

3 June & 11 July 2019

Program Description

This summer, Fulbright Germany and the Deutsch-Russisches Forum e.V. are hosting two Trilateral Science Slams:

  • in Göttingen, Germany, Monday evening, 3 June 2019
    during the Fulbright-Cottrell Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop
  • in Tucson, Arizona, USA, Thursday evening, 11 July 2019
    during the Cottrell Scholar Conference

The Trilateral Science Slam in Tucson, Arizona is part of the Year of German-American Friendship in cooperation with Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).

What is a trilateral science slam?
It is a fun event with a succession of rapid-fire presentations featuring original research results by young scientists in their native languages (in Göttingen) or in English (in Tucson) – 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!

For each slam, we are looking for six young scientists – two each from Germany, Russia, and the United States – to share their passion for science with a broad and intercultural audience at two unconventional and enjoyable evening events.

Please note that applicants may opt to compete in one or both science slams on the application form.

Grant Benefits

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

  • Applicants selected to participate in the slams will be provided round-trip travel (within Europe for Göttingen) to and accommodation in Göttingen and/or Tucson.
  • Participants will receive personal coaching on presentation skills with experienced science slam show producers.
  • Participants will collaborate closely with a simultaneous interpreter (in Göttingen).
  • The events will be filmed and subsequently featured online, thus offering even larger reach for your research and presentation skills.

The slams take place during the Fulbright-Cottrell Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop, June 3-5 in Göttingen, and during the Cottrell Scholar Conference, July 10-12 in Tucson. Slammers are welcome to attend parts of the workshop and conference, respectively, when their schedule allows.


The application is open to young scientists from Germany, Russia, and the United States in the fields of chemistry, physics and astronomy (other STEM subjects also welcome).

Applicants must have German, Russian or U.S. citizenship. Applicants with U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible to apply.


  • Applicants must present original 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.
  • For Göttingen: To take part in coaching sessions and rehearsals prior to the slam, applicants should be able to arrive on Friday, May 31 and remain until Tuesday, June 4.
  • For Tucson: To take part in coaching sessions and rehearsals prior to the slam, applicants should be able to arrive on Monday, July 8 and remain until Friday, July 12.
  • Applicants are responsible for making their own visa or ESTA arrangements.

Application Procedure & Deadlines

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: “ScienceSlams2019_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.

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: “ScienceSlams2019_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 specialprograms[at] 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 April 3 - extended to April 8, 2019!

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 mid-April 2019.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Sibylle Groß (for Russian applicants)

Charlotte Koyro & Jamie Moore (for German and American applicants)

American Programs
Fulbright Commission
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin

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