Sketchnotes at the House of Science in Bremen – II and III

As I have shown in a previous post, I started to go to the House of Science in Bremen to their regular Science Saturday Matinees to practice sketchnotes. The first time I did it, I was in such a positive mood, that I decided to talk to the coordinator of these matinees. She really liked the sketchnotes and she invited me to regularly come and try them out. She even suggested putting my sketchnotes on their website to show the sessions in a different way. So now you can click here and see them at their official website! (only in German)

The second session I listened to was the interesting talk from Niels Hollmeier, the digital curator of the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven about the exhibition they are holding with “treasures from the sea” and the importance of restoration and conservation to the maritime history. You can visit the exhibition in Bremerhaven until the 16th of December. Here is what I have got from this session:

In the next science session, the topic was still around maritime treasures, but this time in another form: Fish. More specifically about the consequences of aquaculture, taking the Philippines as an example. “The majority of the world’s aquaculture produced fish are from Asian countries where aquaculture facilities are often characterized by the heavy use of chemicals, antibiotics, overfeeding, and little environmental awareness and control” – Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research. Dr. Christiane Hassenrück is a researcher that investigates the effects of open fish cage farms on the surrounding ecosystem and she found out that it leads to problems such as a decrease in water quality, hypoxia, and an increase of microorganisms that can cause diseases both in fish and humans.

Sketchnotes at the House of Science in Bremen – I

I have recently moved from Cologne to Bremen (yes, I do plan to stay in Germany for the next few years – I am Germanized) and I have been exploring what the city has to offer – which is actually a lot! I heard about the House of Science and their regular Science Saturday Matinees and I thought it would be a nice place to learn new things and practice Sketchnotes in German (I will be writing more about Sketchnotes in my next post). Last Saturday the speaker was Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler with the title: “Experience the world of tomorrow and understand today’s – playful and with humor” (“Die Welt von Morgen erfahren und die heutige verstehen – spielerisch und mit humor”). Here are my notes on the talk. I hope you enjoy them and understand what was all about:

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Besides being a professor at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Bremen and the head of the Cyber-Physical Systems department at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler is also a very good science communicator. Not only can he explain complex topics in an understandable and funny way, he is also the creator, along with Dr. Jannis Stoppe, of the webcomics Noerdman (only in German). Noerdman talks about Technology, Nerds and the North (of Germany) and is worth following. It makes you think, smile and laugh!

Translation: 1. I have finished my Graduation work – I have built a Robot that will make us breakfast. 2. We can sleep 3 minutes longer every day. Check it out! 6. And? Do you think the Professor will like it?” Drawings and Text: Dr.-Ing. Jannis Stoppe; Idea and Text: Prof. Rolf Drechsler. Under the motto: “Bis 2050 sollen Roboter ein Spiel gegen den Fußballweltmeister gewinnen. 2050!” (“Robots are expected to win a match against the Soccer World champion by 2050. 2050!”). From the website

PDB Education and Art Projects

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Protein Data Bank (PDB) is not only a worldwide structural database but also an incredible resourceful educational toolkit. On the website is available the aforementioned Molecule of the Month, as well as:

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Rachel Ignotofsky’s Illustrations

One artist I have been particularly following and kind of stalking on twitter is Rachel Ignotofsky. She creates beautiful illustrations mainly using two of her favorite school subjects as themes: biology and human anatomy. Although one can argue that the components of the cells she illustrates are not quite accurate, when it comes to getting children excited about science and learn about biology, there is nothing better than some happy Nucleolus or monstrous Golgi apparatus.

© 2013 Rachel Ignotofsky. Etsy shop.

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Science Comm. Lab

“Excellent science needs excellent design”, is the motto of The Science Communication Lab, an award-winning company located in Kiel, Germany. Their design is mesmerizing. They specialize in developing innovative and interactive visualizations for the sciences, such as interactive posters, information graphics, animations, digital exhibits or data visualization for the transfer of knowledge inside teams, as well as for public communication.

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The Total Solar Eclipse Infographic

What is a solar eclipse? Where can you see it? How can you see it? And why should you watch it? – to answer these questions the World Science Festival team created this awesome infographic for all curious people looking forward to August 21, 2017. Unfortunately for many of us, including me, only America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse on this date.

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Blood: Life Uncut Exhibition – Science Gallery London

For those who collapse at the sight of blood, the new exhibition and event series of the Science Gallery London might not be the best choice. But then again why not? – after all, this exhibition wants to “expose, shock and bring people together”. Running from July to November 2017, BLOOD: Life Uncut “highlights the scientific and symbolic nature of blood, exploring personal and provocative stories of this vital, life-affirming fluid that connects us all”.


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Latest Thinking

Recently, I came across Latest Thinking GmbH, a really nice project made of open access videos with engaging summaries of current research findings, ranging from Biology to Arts & Humanities, from Astronomy to Physics! Here is a nice video about them:

I have contacted Latest Thinking founder, Mr Pajam Sobhani, and he gladly accepted to answer a few questions about the project. Read below.

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Special Report: Adaptation to Climate Change in Portugal

Comic art is a great way to educate young people about climate change. With that in mind, the award-winning project ClimAdaPT.Local launched the comic book “Special Report – Adaptation to Climate Change in Portugal”, which can now be used to teach about climate change in classrooms all over Portugal. The book tells the story of a journalist and a cameraman working on a story about climate change and its consequences in Portugal. It is based on real persons and stories and highlights the challenges people face and also possible solutions to address climate change locally. 

This comic book was created by Bruno Pinto (writer), Penim Loureiro (drawing) and Quico Nogueira (colour). Another great example of how Art & Science combined can change the view of the world around us. You can download the full comic (both in English and Portuguese) from ClimAdaPT.Local here.

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Compound Interest

Compound Interest is an impressive collection of graphics that take a closer look at the chemical compounds we come across in our daily life. Answering questions such as “Why does smoking meat change its flavor?” and “What causes the bitterness and dry sensation in red wine?”, Andy Brunning,  a chemistry teacher by day and the mastermind behind Compound Interest by night, sparks not only the curiosity of his students but also of an audience beyond the classroom – Brunning has more than 17 000 followers on Twitter and 227 000 Facebook likes.

While attempting to inspire his students with visually appealing posters, Brunning found that there was not so much choice on the internet. He, therefore, started to create his first infographics for his class and later posted them on the Internet for others to download. Over the past three years, he published his first book Why Does Asparagus Make Your Wee Smell? And 57 Other Curious Food and Drink Questions and his work has been featured on websites including The Guardian, Huffington Post and Smithsonian.

To see more of Brunning’s work, go to All the graphics are free to download for educational purposes.