Denkfest offers four days of science, critical thinking and intelligent entertainment. After the successful launch in 2011 with more than 400 participants it’s time for a second round! This year’s topics are:
Enjoy inspiring talks by top-class scientists, brainy entertainment, a small arts exhibit and a great atmosphere. Take part!
Brainsex (in English)
Die grossen Kränkungen der Menschheit (in German)
A theatrical crash course on trial design and data analysis – you’ve never enjoyed being a study subject so much!
Successes and failures in cancer treatment
Robert S. Van Howe
A medical assessment of benefits and risks of male circumcision
Robert S. Van Howe and Peter Jüni
Is routine circumcision a meaningful intervention against HIV in Africa? – two positions
On the placebo effect of surgery and a comparison of the effectiveness of surgery and physiotherapy
Limits of evidence based medicine, illustrated with the treatment of chronic back pain
Why the international AllTrials campaign demands that all clinical trials are registered and that their research method and their results must be made publicly available
Adoption of Zürich resolution for the effectiveness of treatments
Conference dinner with science slam
For speakers and Denkfest attendees
Opening and welcome address by Michael Hengartner, President Zürich University
An interview with the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins
What’s so special about the human brain?
How did handedness evolve?
Evolution of social behaviour: why do some species live in groups whereas others don’t?
What do mummies and skeletons tell us about old diseases?
Mutual outwitting: Co-evolution of plants and insects
Guided evolution: an assessment of genetical engineering in agriculture
Evolution: an oratorio
Deeply moved by Haydn’s music but of the opinion that the accompanying texts need reworking? So did choirmaster Luiz Alves da Silva. He commissioned the librettist André Küttel to write new texts for Hadyn pieces from the Creation. The result a wonderful oratorio for choir and orchestra celebrating.
Presentation of The Great Ape Project and debate on the question of how special humans are as a species
Debate on «virtue engineering» and the social implications of artificial intelligence and other exponentially developing technologies