Science Story Exchange Launch

What happens when a risky and painstaking experiment yields no results? And how did the birth of an engineer’s son give her research purpose? Find out July 20th at the launch of the DWIH New York’s new event format, SSX, the Science Story Exchange.

Though everyone has a story to tell, scientists, innovators and researchers don’t often think of themselves as storytellers. In reality, their stories are some of the most interesting and consequential.

SSX, the Science Story Exchange, harnesses the power of stories to help scientists on both sides of the Atlantic communicate their work effectively, reach audiences and upscale impact. Join the first SSX to see examples of effective science communication and find inspiration for storytelling as a format. Then share your thoughts in our networking breakout sessions where you can meet other innovators and discuss how storytelling might benefit you, your work and even credibility. Witness cross-cultural science exchange through storytelling, then facilitate this same exchange with other attendees in breakout rooms.


  • 10:00 – Welcome 
  • 10:05 – DWIH Science Story: Autophagy in the Life Lab: Recycling Cell Waste and Frustration
  • 10:20 – DWIH Science Story: Wearable Diagnostics, My Heart on My Sleeve 
  • 10:35 – Breakout sessions with storytellers 
  • 10:45 – Networking breakout discussions: science & story 
  • 11:00 – Convene for closing 
  • 11:15 – End 

*All times in Eastern Daylight Time

About Your Storytellers:

Fazilet Bekbulat is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Pathobiochemistry at the University Medical Center of the University of Mainz in Germany. She works under Dr. Christian Behl researching autophagy, the process by which cells digest and recycle dysfunctional parts. Her specific research focuses on a protein called rab18, which might have critical impacts on the pathogenesis of a severe (neuro)developmental disease. Her publications have been featured in the Journal of Molecular Biology, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications and Autophagy.
Fazilet Bekbulat, Biologist, University of Mainz
Shawana Tabassum is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler. She received her PhD at Iowa State. Dr. Tabassum's research focuses on the development of sensors for diagnostics including wearable biosensors and plant and soil sensors. In 2020 her biosensor for neonatal diagnostics was named “Breakthrough of the Year” at the Falling Walls Lab Berlin global finale where she represented the DWIH New York’s Falling Walls Lab Boston.
Dr. Shawana Tabassum, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, the University of Texas at Tyler

Event Information

July 20, 2021, 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Organizer(s): German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York