On behalf of The Year of German-American policult is organising a science communication format called Science Slam happening in Portland in October, 2019. The BMW Group is hosting the Bilateral Science Slam under the claim „Our City in 2040“, which is funded by the Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institute and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

For this occasion we are seeking researchers who are based in Portland and currently working in the fields of mobility, urban planning, digitalisation, innovation etc.

What is a Science Slam?

A Science Slam is a presentation competition for scientists from all fields – in 10 minutes the slammers present their research to a live audience. But: we are no conference, and we are no lecture either. A Slam is entertaining, exciting and understandable for a broad 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!

Grant Benefits

The Slam offers 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:

  • Participants will receive personal coaching on presentation skills with experienced Science Slam show producers.
  • The winner of the slam will be awarded with a very special first prize offered by the BMW Group: the BMW X2City E-Scooter.


The application is open to young scientists from Portland, Oregon in in the fields of mobility, digitalisation, innovation etc.

Applicants must have German or U.S. citizenship.


  • 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.
  • German applicants are responsible for making their own visa or ESTA arrangements.

The Application

Just send us some information about your field of research, a CV and a picture you like of yourself (not too formal), the city you currently live in, your experience in science communication or other talents (comedy, impro, music etc.). It is not necessary to have „creative experience“, but of course it helps!

Application deadline is August 15, 2019 (extended from Aug. 5)

October 2019 in Portland

If you have any questions, please contact:

Miriam Schmitt
Senior Project Management
email: casting   AT policult  DOT de



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