Interviews

Benjamin List interview: The panelists Brian Schmidt, María Miserendino, Antje Boetius, Sophie Gutenthaler, Venki Ramakrishnan & moderator Adam Smith discuss trust in Science, trust in Chemistry during the 71 st Lindau Nobel laureate meeting in Germany in May.

Prof. Benjamin List: “Communicating science accurately is vital – otherwise we will never achieve trust in science”

Prof. Dr Benjamin List was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on asymmetric catalysis alongside David MacMillan from Princeton University. He studied chemistry at the Free University of Berlin and earned his doctorate at Goethe University Frankfurt (1997, Prof. G. Mulzer). He worked at the Scripps Research Institute Department of Molecular ...

Sophie Gutenthaler interview: The panelists Brian Schmidt, María Miserendino, Antje Boetius, Sophie Gutenthaler, Venki Ramakrishnan & moderator Adam Smith discuss trust in Science, trust in Chemistry during the 71 st Lindau Nobel laureate meeting in Germany in May.

Sophie Gutenthaler: “Understanding a process is the key to not being afraid or suspicious of it”

Sophie Gutenthaler received a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Chemistry and a M.Sc.in Chemistry from LMU Munich, supported by a Deutschlandstipendium. As part of her studies, she gained international experience during a three-month research internship at the University of York, funded by PROSALMU. During her master’s studies, she led science workshops for gifted children and was ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Gérard Assayag on AI in music

Gérard Assayag is an Ircam research director and head of Ircam Music Representation Team in Paris. He has co-designed various music research software environments which are used in many places for computer assisted composition, analysis and improvisation. How can an AI-tool play music together with a human musician? Gérard Assayag: By listening to music our ...

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Emilia Gómez on AI in music

Emilia Gómez is a senior researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Sevilla and a guest professor of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In recent years you worked on two large European projects that investigated AI to analyse music: PHENICX and TROMPA. ...

Maria Elena Bottazzi interview: Doc holding vaccine vial close up

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Maria Elena Bottazzi on vaccines in low- and middle-income countries

Maria Elena Bottazzi, born in Italy, raised in Honduras, is a microbiologist and infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, United States). She and her colleague Peter Hotez led a team in India to develop the Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax, get it manufactured, and then give it away to low- and middle-income countries, patent-free. ...

Petro Terblanche interview: Doc holding vaccine vial close up

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Petro Terblanche on the first African vaccine hub

Petro Terblanche is Health Science Professor at North-West University and is Managing Director at Afrigen Biologics in South Africa. Next to developing an open source vaccine, Afrigen hosts a global vaccine hub to build capacity and capabilities in low- and middle-income countries to design, develop and produce messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. Professor Terblanche, as managing ...

ESMH Ionica Smeets interview: News reporter or TV journalist at press conference, holding microphone and writing notes

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Ionica Smeets on hype in press releases

Interview with Ionica Smeets, professor of science communication at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Prof. Smeets, how do you feel when you encounter buzzwords such as 'groundbreaking', 'world first' and 'landmark study' in a press release? Ionica Smeets: One of the first things a journalist should realise is that press releases tend to overstate findings using ...

ESMH Maike Winters interview: News reporter or TV journalist at press conference, holding microphone and writing notes

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Maike Winters on hype in press releases

Interview with Maike Winters from the Karolinska Institute. Press releases are clearly shorter than the studies they describe. What is wrong with leaving out some aspects of studies? Maike Winters: We saw that studies' limitations, funding sources and conflicts of interest are frequently omitted from press releases. But they are needed to convey a complete ...