BMS Guest: Dr. Fabrizio Chiodo

fabrizio chiodo, Leiden Medical Center The NetherlandsDr. Fabrizio Chiodo  Photo credit: Dr. Dana Kikic

Dr. Fabrizio Chiodo is a prototype of Hollywood movie scientists: he is tall and curly, talks quickly and passionately, has a cute "where do you come from" accent and believes in science. Recently, as a guest of the Glycoimmunology Group, he introduced us with his achievements in carbohydrate nanochemistry. After that, we had a little chat about nano- and glyco-, so, here you go: ...

BMS Reports: 30th anniversary of Max Planck and RIKEN collaboration

What happens when a Nobel Prize winner and the president of RIKEN, Prof. Dr. Ryōji Noyori, president of the Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss and several RIKEN and Max Planck Institute Directors, Prof. Dr. Peter Seeberger, Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Osada and Prof. Dr. Naoyuki Taniguchi meet in Japan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Max Planck and RIKEN cooperation? Instead of popping a bottle of bubblies they hit a cask of sake in a traditional ceremony known as Kagami Biraki! *ryoji noyori, peter seeberger, max planck society and RIKEN, 30th anniversary collaboration ...

BMS Reports: DWIH Tokyo

"(T)here is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of Science and Literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness"

George Washington, the 1st President of the United States

"In today´s knowledge based economy, what you earn depends on what you learn"

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States

peter seeberger, tokyo DWIHOn February 25, 2014, Prof. Peter H. Seeberger held a lecture entitled “Basic Science as Driver for Economy and Society” at The German Research and Innovation Forum - Tokyo, Japan.  Some forty representatives of Japanese and German research institutes, universities, companies and governmental institutions gathered to exchange views on economics of science. What science is really worth? What is the value of health and life? How does one measure investment and return? Who is funding scientific research and to whose benefit? No simple questions, even for the prepared minds. ...

BMS Guest: Dr. Cesar Muñoz-Fontela


Cesar Muñoz-Fontela, Emerging Viruses HPI HamburgWhen Dr. Cesar Muñoz-Fontela comes to work he sometimes undresses to go through several showers. He further disinfects his skin in a vacuum room. Now he is ready to squeeze himself into the "moon suit" , a pressurized capsule around the body. What for some of us sounds like a sequence from an Alien sequel, for the researchers in the biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratories is a common routine. Here, they perform experiments on some of the deadliest viruses: Ebola, Lassa, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and others, to understand better how they infect us (the virulence) and how we protect ourselves (the immunity) from them. Fifteen BSL-4 laboratories exist in the world, four of them are in Germany. At the Heinrich Pette Institut in Hamburg Dr. Muñoz-Fontela leads the Emerging Viruses Junior Reserach Group .

Muñoz-Fontela is a prize-winning scientist, a great lecturer and an adventurous spirit. He readily travels to the source of viral infections, like West Africa, where he works with the blood samples of infected patients. And the "moon suit" ? Well, not there. In West African laboratories, one relies on a protective mask and the deities! ...

BMS Reports: rbb StudioCampus


"There is an odd exception, like Albert Einstein, but as a breed, scientists tend not to be very good at presenting themselves"

Bill Bryson, the author of A Short History of Nearly EverythingNuria Cerdá-Esteban, science slam

Nuria Cerdá-Esteban: Looking between Zebrafish´s legs. Science Spots (short lectures on science in Berlin-Brandenburg) during the first rbb StudioCampus, on February 18, 2014.

Berlin-Brandenburg is focused on its development as the Health Capital region and its biggest radio and television broadcaster, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb), is following along. Under the supervision of the existing format rbbSCIENCE SCANNER, a new platform for communicating science in Berlin Brandenburg, rbb StudioCampus, is arising. On February 18, 2014, a premium roster of real-life academics, researchers and science communicators, headed by Prof. Dr. Sabine Kunst, Minister of Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg, brought closer their research to the rbb audience. Nuria Cerdá-Esteban, a runner-up of the Science Slam 2013 Championship in Germany and the only representative of the Millennial Generation was the broadcasting highlight. In the presentation of her previous study about sex development of the zebrafish, one of the funniest model organisms there is (after C.elegans!), she involved the famous "007", David Hasselhof and intersexuality, showing yet again that today´s scientist needs to be less of a "lab mouse" and more of a pop culture personality. ...