A Science Slam is a way to communicate science to a non-expert audience, a direct communication between scientists and the public. In the given time frame – usually 10 minutes – the participating scientists have to present their projects in an appealing, understandable and entertaining way. Science Slams have the form of a competition and the audience gets to vote using numbered cards or by applauding. The concept was introduced by Alex Drepec in Darmstadt about 10 years ago. Today Science Slams take regularly place in almost every German university town but also in other countries.
Michel Keller (ESR14 from IFPEN/ IPPAD project) has gradually become an expert in Science Slams, as he has already participated in two events, one in Darmstadt (24.02.2018) and one in Michelstadt (21.03. 2018). In both cases the audience was composed of students and public citizens from the city and the surrounding area. Among a broad field of participants, covering philosophy, geoscience and engineering, Michel held a presentation on the chemistry of combustion in a Diesel engine. He explained how auto-ignition in Diesel engines happens from a chemical viewpoint by drawing the picture of a crowded dance floor, in order to explain the high pressures and temperatures inside the engine.
He also explained the necessity of a good fuel to air ratio inside the engine and explained which pollutants are produced, if the fuel to air ratio is not optimal. He then put into perspective his work as a chemical engineer explaining that his work consists of a better understanding of the chemical processes in engines in order to have more accurate models for engine development and to emit less pollutants.
In both events the audience showed its interest by applauding, voting or by asking for more information about Diesel technology and carbon based energy production. After the event in Michelstadt Michel was approached by teachers who asked for his presentation in order to use it in the classroom. Michel shared his presentation with them along with guidelines on how to photo-shop the molecules. A related article was published in the regional newspaper: http://www.echo-online.de/lokales/odenwaldkreis/michelstadt/wissenschaft-als-spass_18612551.htm
Young CFD Investigator Award
Anirudh Asuri Mukundan (ESR 7/HAoS project) has been conferred with the “Young CFD Investigator Award” for the Best Paper and Best Oral Presentation in the International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ICCFD) held in Barcelona, Spain from the 9th until the 13th July 2018. A plaque and a grant of 250 Euros was presented as the award to Mr. Asuri Mukundan. This award is the contribution from the committee members under the agreement of committee members of “International Nobeyama Workshop in honor of Prof. Kunio Kuwahara” that was held several years ago for his remarkable contribution to CFD and international collaborations.
The presentation of Anirudh was selected among 200 oral presentations by the ICCFD Executive Committee as the best in terms of scientific quality and presentation skills. Numerous interesting questions arose after Mr. Anirudh’s oral presentation. This led to an interactive discussion between the attendants and the presenter and the inquisitive audience appreciated the scientific quality of the results and the eloquence of the speaker.