For Research. For Berlin.

#AskDifferent – the Podcast of the Einstein Foundation

#AskDifferent, the Einstein Foundation’s podcast series, offers a unique behind-the-scenes opportunity to learn more about the pioneering minds affiliated with and funded by the Foundation, and to find out how their outstanding careers were shaped both by chance and circumstance. What is it that drives them to ask differently, to perpetually ask new questions, and explore the world in all its detail?



#8: Markus Ralser

Das innere Kraftwerk

Einstein-Professor Markus Ralser ist Molekularbiologe und Experte der Stoffwechselforschung: eine wichtige Grundlagenforschung, die in den 1980ern zunehmend in den Hintergrund der Genetik rückte, jetzt aber eine Renaissance erlebt. Dabei liefert das Verständnis der Stoffwechselregulation entscheidende Erkenntnisse für zukünftige Therapien, etwa für Krebs- und Immunerkrankungen. Ralser gibt Einblick, wie Machine Learning heute zum Verständnis des Metabolismus beiträgt, und warum man nach einer anstrengenden Kanutour besser schläft.

#7: Christoph Markschies

The Time Traveler

Acceleration, migration, inflation: In conversation with Christoph Markschies, the newly appointed President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, it immediately becomes clear that these experiences are hardly exclusive to modernity. Markschies, who is Professor of Ancient Christianity at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and co-director of the Einstein Center Chronoi, is a perpetual time traveler who seeks to help us better understand the present. His self-defined mission as a researcher: to contribute to a just and peaceful society. Language: German

#6: Michel Chaouli

Rethinking Critique

As readers, how do we respond to a book? Does it spark our creativity? Does it trigger pain? Michel Chaouli, German studies scholar and Einstein Visiting Fellow at FU Berlin’s Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School, thinks of literary studies as an experiment, and treats texts as laboratories. His research inspires us to look beyond the sober side of critique and to also explore its playful and poetic aspects. Photo: Pablo Castagnola
Language: German

#5: Claudia Buß

Stress in Early Life

The effects of maternal stress on fetal development are poorly researched. Claudia Buß, Professor of Medical Psychology at Charité – Universitätsmedizin and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences, is determined to change this and has set out to explore the prenatal factors that determine women’s health during pregnancy.
Language: German

#4: Tilman Santarius

The Perpetual Optimist

Tilman Santarius, Professor of Socio-Ecological Transformation and Sustainable Digitalization at the Einstein Center Digital Future, is convinced that digital transformation has to be fair both on society and on the climate. In this episode of our podcast, he asks what role science and industry – and ultimately, all of us – have to play as we move forward. Language: German

#3: Friedel Gerfers

Silicon Valley and Back

Friedel Gerfers's career has taken him from Germany’s “rust belt”, the Ruhrgebiet, where he worked as an electrical engineer laying underground cables, to the R&D departments of Silicon Valley’s tech giants. Today, he is Einstein Professor of Mixed Signal Circuit Design at TU Berlin, where he focuses on improving data transmission efficiency. In this episode, he explains why he feels as comfortable in the lab as he does back home on his parents' farm. Photo: TU Berlin/Philipp Arnoldt
Language: German

#2: Valentina Forini

You will be challenged

Valentina Forini first graduated in classical piano. Looking for an additional challenge, she decided to study physics. Today, Forini conducts research in string and quantum field theory as an Einstein Junior Fellow at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She told us what drove her to follow this path - and why we need more female role models in top-notch science. Photo: Henning Maier-Jantzen
Language: English

#1: Surjo Soekadar

“I’ve Always Been a Technophile”

Surjo Soekadar is Einstein Professor of Clinical Neurotechnology and a senior physician at Charité – Universitätsmedizin. In this episode, he explains why researchers need to be good at handling setbacks, and how high-tech mind reading works. Language: German

#0: Welcome to the Einstein Podcast

Why Researchers #AskDifferent

Twice a month, we will be releasing new episodes of our podcast, #AskDifferent. Hosted by journalists Nancy Fischer and Leon Stebe, each episode will feature an interview with a brilliant mind who asks differently.