Schering Stiftung

Panel discussion 

Art meets Science

Panel discussion as part of Berlin Science Week 2019

Art meets Science

Panel discussion as part of Berlin Science Week 2019


November 06, 2019, 4–5:30 p.m.


Berlin Science Week Campus at the Museum für Naturkunde: Tristan Lounge
Invalidenstraße 43

Panel discussion in German language

No registration required.

How does science inspire art and what thoughts do artists provoke in scientists? How do they communicate with each other and with society?

The artist and sculptor Susanne Winterling and the bioengineer Simone Schürle both deal with the question of how obstacles inside and outside the body can be overcome and what humans can learn from bioluminescent bacteria. In fall 2020, Susanne Winterling will exhibit her work on this topic in the project room of the Schering Stiftung. The process of creating the exhibition will be accompanied by a continuous exchange with the scientist Simone Schürle. In an interview with Katja Naie, Managing Director of the Schering Stiftung, the two discuss the interface between art and science.


The speakers 

Susanne Winterling works across a range of media to explore the sentient economy, cultures and transformations of elements and materialisations. With an emphasis on enhancing our perceptual and critical consciousness, Winterling undertakes affective and material-based research that highlights interaction between materials, elements and species. Susanne Winterling lives in Berlin.


Simone Schürle is researching in the field of biomedical engineering and Assistant Professor for Responsive Biomedical Systems at ETH Zurich. She graduated in 2009 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering and Management with specialization in micro/nanosystems. She then joined the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) where she focused on magnetic manipulation techniques for biomedical applications. She was awarded with the ETH medal for her doctoral thesis and with fellowships from the SNSF, DAAD and the Society in Science for her postdoctoral studies at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was researching as postdoctoral fellow from 2014-​2017. Besides activities in public outreach work and education, she is serving as Global Future Council for the World Economic Forum. She is also co-​founder of MagnebotiX, a young spin-​off from ETHZ.


Dr. Katja Naie

Managing Director and Program Director, Science

Phone: +49.30.20 62 29 62

Dr. Katja Naie has worked at the Schering Stiftung, Berlin, as director of the Science Program since September 2015, and as Managing Director since July 1, 2019. After studying biology and completing her PhD in neuroscience, she worked as a researcher at ETH Zurich. In 2007, she moved to the Hertie Foundation, where she initiated and directed the information portal She is co-author of the children’s nonfiction book “Denkste?!: Verblüffende Fragen und Antworten rund ums Gehirn” (You think? Amazing Questions and Answers around the Brain) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience in Bochum. Building bridges between science, art, and society is her personal passion, and she strives to achieve this goal in her daily work at the Schering Stiftung.



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