TEDxUniHalle 2017 Talks

Maren Kießling – “How High Frame Rates in film affect our viewing experience”
From the beginning of distribution of digital content in cinema, the technological production and projection possibilities seem to develop at cyberspeed. Stereo 3D, Higher Frame Rate (HFR) and high-resolution images are taking over the big screen. New projection possibilities are researched, which go much further than the previously known flat screen. But do we really need that? Do we – the audience – really recognize a difference? And if so, how does this affect our viewing experience and the dramaturgical and pictorial content?

 
 

Jonathan Chase – “Biodiversity scientists as honest brokers or advocates?”
What is meant by biodiversity and why is it so important for our lives? This is the question Jonathan M. Chase is dealing with every day. He is a professor of biodiversity synthesis at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Center for Computer Science of Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. At TEDxUniHalle 2017 he overviews the concept of biodiversity and its influence on ecosystem and human welfare, as well as the problems (and solutions) of how to quantify it to develop more meaningful comparisons.

 
 

Michael Kolkmann – “The electoral connection: What Members of Parliament do in their districts”
Today it is maybe more important than ever that members of parliaments react responsively and in interaction with their prospective voters. In times of right-wing populism and wide-spread disenchantment with politics, we should have a closer look on members of parliaments and evaluate how they perform in their job. In his talk Dr. Michael Kolkmann presents results from a research project called “Citizens and Representatives” (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg) that focused on parliamentary representation. The project studied the behavior, role orientations and attitudes of members of the German Bundestag. Its focus was on describing and explaining representatives’ behavior in the process of representation, their perception of representation and the interactions aimed at performing representative roles.

 
 

Martin Staege – “Gene expression music”
A gene scientist as a composer? The analysis of gene expression data requires extensive processing in order to allow conscious perception of the relevant information by the investigator. Usually, such data are presented visually. An alternative form of analysis and presentation is based on the transformation of the data into pieces of music. Dr. Martin S. Staege recently developed “Gene Expression Music Algorithm”, which can be used for differentiation between samples with diverse biology (e.g. tumour cells vs. normal cells) and for the characterization of differentially expressed genes. Depending on the composition of the analysed data set and the parameters used during transformation (minimal frequency, number of tone steps and so on and so forth), the generated music pieces vary considerably and the investigator might act as a composer.

 
 

Oliver Stoll – “Applied Sport Psychology – Our work is different!”
Oliver Stoll resolves the picture of the psychologist with his patients sitting on a sofa talking about their problems. As a sport psychologist he works where his patients are: on the road, inside the water, cycling, running, training. That job might generate a lot of weekend work and travelling, but he also tells us why it is worth it.

 
 

Mareike Gast – “Microbes – altar, bacteria, and fungi utilized in an industrial context”
Renewable materials. Living production. Grown and further growing constructions. Living products. Algae, bacteria, fungi can be utilized in an industrial context. But how can we make use of their adaptability, resilience, their huge variety and fast reproduction? Which processes and products can be realized already? Manifold answers are being developed by explorative experiments, conceptions and discussions.

 
 

Rebecca Waldecker – “Catchy songs and viruses”
From snowflakes to the Australian national anthem – With help of symmetry, mathematician Rebecca Waldecker explains how knowledge about data compression by symmetry can help us understanding viruses and catchy songs.

 
 

Anne Knödler & Efy Zeniou – BEYOND THE BREAKDOWN: failing on the road
Where do you draw the line between failing and failure? In 2014 the leavinghomefunktion group started an expedition across the world with old sidecar motorcycles prone to mechanical failing. On their trip over 2.5 years to New York they did not only learn how to fix their vehicles, but also to deal with several natural, bureaucratic and social challenges.

 
 

Katarina Braune – “Challenges of refugees living with a chronic disease under a humanitarian crisis”
Wars and threats in countries like Syria force a huge wave of people to leave their homes. Especially the ones with chronical diseases have to struggle with a lack of medicine, which they hope to get in countries like Germany – not for just having a better life, but to get the essential medicine to survive.