GAIN20 Science Slam

Present your research at GAIN20

Welcome on stage: the GAIN Science Slam is all about science communication. Five international researchers from various fields will present their findings in a five-minute pitch in front of the virtual GAIN20 audience. The objective is to impart current research results to a diverse audience in an understandable and entertaining way. Various presentations suitable for the virtual format are allowed. The virtual GAIN audience is also the Science Slam Jury.

Science Slams started in German university towns in the mid-2000s: Darmstadt, Braunschweig, Hamburg. Today, Science Slams are held all over Germany on a weekly basis. For GAIN20, it makes perfect sense to merge American storytelling, elevator pitches, and German science communication on the virtual GAIN20 stage.

Event Recordings: Link to Youtube Playlist



We want you! We are looking for five international researchers to present their findings in the brief and lively virtual Science Slam format. Any postdoc, early career researcher, or GAIN20 attendee can apply. Only your own research can be presented. Applications from all disciplines are welcome!


The GAIN annual conference is the largest German science and research career fair in the US, with participants ranging from early career researchers to representatives of over 60 German universities, research institutions, and funding agencies. The virtual GAIN20 audience will vote on the winner.


The best slammer will receive a $3,000 check! Proudly presented by the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH)


The virtual GAIN20 Science Slam will take place on August 28, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm EST.


Send an email to and submit a one-minute video pitching your slam in English.

Deadline: July 27th, 2020. (Deadline extended)

The GAIN20 committee will select up to five slammers. They will participate in a workshop on science communication with GAIN trustee and seasoned science slammer Martin R. Lichtenthaler in late July/early August.

Science Slam Winner GAIN 2019, Dr. Aline Gottlieb

Science Slam Winner GAIN 2019, Dr. Aline Gottlieb

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Not a science slammer but interested in joining the conference?

If you’re an English-speaking, early career researcher, we invite you to register as an “international” for the

Virtual GAIN20 Annual Conference:

August 28 and 29, 2020
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (EST)

Join the largest gathering of German universities, funding agencies and scientists abroad. Become part of a network of over 500 postdocs, scientists and experts from various research areas and gain access to information about career paths and funding opportunities in Germany.

Event Information

August 28, 2020, 9:00 AM to August 29, 2020, 1:00 PM

Organizer(s): German Academic International Network (GAIN), German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York