Events | Salon Sophie Charlotte 2019: Maß und messen

Berlin | January 19, 2019 | 6:00 PM

The world of precision measurement is about to undergo fundamental change. In 1900, Max Planck called for "the search for constants that retain their meaning for all times and for all alien and extra-human cultures. This is now done and the Urkilogramm has served as a prototype of the mass. The basis of the International System of Units (SI), with which we "measure the world", will be changed to natural constants from the 20th of May 2019, on the annual World Metrology Day, and thus receive the most stable foundation - just a few months before the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldts, whose "Surveying the World" fascinates us to this day. Two good reasons to put the Salon 2019 under the motto "measure and measuring".
However, the topic of measure and measuring is by no means just a domain of the natural sciences. It touches arts, humanities, economics and social sciences to medicine and affects society and our very personal everyday life.

An event of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt with the participation of the Max Planck Society, the Union of German Academies of Sciences, the Junge Akademie, the Arab-German Young Academy, the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, and Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V.. It is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Room 226, 9.30 p.m.: Yiannos Manoli - Surveying the Brain - picoampere, nanovolt, micrometer - that's all it takes!

When billions of tiny nerve cells in our brains communicate with each other, we are electrified. Our neurons, usually only a few thousandths of a millimeter in size, interact by emitting electrical signals. If disturbances occur during this stimulating communication, an EEG can make them visible.
In addition to the predominantly medicinal treatment, deep brain stimulation opens up new avenues for neurological and psychiatric diseases: high-frequency voltages continuously stimulate core areas of the brain, leading to a reduction in symptoms.
Since the 1980s, around 85,000 people worldwide - mainly Parkinson's and epilepsy patients - have been treated successfully in this way. In addition, this method offers new approaches in cases of therapy-resistant depression.
In his lecture, Yiannos Manoli presents state-of-the-art research and the far-reaching possibilities of deep brain stimulation, also colloquially referred to as the "brain pacemaker". Manoli holds the Fritz-Hüttinger-Chair of Microelectronics at the University of Freiburg and is head of the Hahn-Schickard Institute. He is one of the first Fellows at the Thomas Mann House in Pacific Palisades, inaugurated in the summer of 2018.

The complete program of this year's Salon Sophie Charlotte can be viewed on the website of the BBAW (German only).

Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin

Free Admission

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