With the help of a linen towel, a cooking pot and "climate model ingredients" such as salt, earth, water and plants, Bathiany explained how a climate model is built and what influence trees have. Or, to put it in more technical language, the biogeophysical and biogeochemical effects of deforestation and reforestation.
"It is especially difficult to portray science as simply as possible, but at the same time accurately" said the happy winner. "The most important thing here is telling a coherent story. You also can´t be shy about doing anything – I stood inside the pot I brought with, for example, to illustrate how a plant takes in water and sweats it out again."
Bathiany, who in ´real´ life is completing his doctoral work at the MPI on the topic of the "Stability of the Atmosphere-Biosphere System,“ self-ironically described his performance as "dadaist." This particularly because in trying to depict the rotation of the earth, he swung his ingredients around wildly, to the great satisfaction of the kids in the audience.
"With the Science Slam, we want to show that science can be both easy to understand and interesting for anyone" explained Cornelia Driesen, the organizer of the event. Unlike a poetry slam, there is much more that is possible at a science slam, including experiments, artworks, theater, films, objects or costumes. The important thing is only that the research area be portrayed in an informative and amusing manner.
For Sebastian Bathiany, this process began in January 2011, when he took part in Famelab, a similar event. You can see his offering at that event here.