I wanted to know how the world works
A DAAD scholarship gave Isabela Paredes Cisneros the opportunity to study clinical physics in Heidelberg and Santiago de Chile. Isabela, who comes from Colombia, is now working on her doctoral thesis and has found an effective way of coping with the culture clash.
Before she scares people off with too many scientific terms, Isabela Paredes Cisneros calls in Radio Man. He is a superhero character who can entertainingly explain how radiotherapy works and how cancer research is attempting to optimise it further. As a student, Isabela won a prize with her engaging superhero at a science slam in Heidelberg in 2018. In contrast to a poetry slam, where simple funny stories are told, a science slam is about presenting scientific facts as humorously as possible on a stage. At the end the audience votes on who has been the most successful. At the summer school organised by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Radio Man – a comic figure who swept through the presentation slides – clearly won the audience over.
26-year-old Isabela is now a doctoral candidate at the DKFZ, a renowned Heidelberg institution, and retains her passion for communicating complex facts in a lively and interesting way. “I like entertaining people,” she says. “The science slam is also a great opportunity to help the public understand science better. There are so many preconceptions when it comes to cancer. For example, many people think that chemotherapy or radiotherapy are generally a bad thing. But that’s not true. That’s why I think it’s important to explain the facts to people, and humour can be useful for this.” Isabela was able to obtain her current position as a researcher at the DKFZ thanks to a DAAD scholarship that enabled her to complete her dual Master’s degree programme in Santiago de Chile and at the University of Heidelberg. This particular cooperative programme is coordinated by the Heidelberg Center Latin America, one of the DAAD’s Centres of Excellence.
New dates of workshop!
The workshop "Experimental Radiobiology: Physics meets Biology and Medicine" has to be postponed to March 2020. More information (program, lecturers, fees) is available here.
The Master’s program “Clinical Medical Physics” (CMP) is phased out by Sept. 30th 2019. Admission is no longer possible!
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In September 2018, three former students of the master’s degree “Clinical Medical Physics” took part in the Science Slam at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg which is part of the summer school on “New Methods in Image-Guided Radiation Therapy” (www.dkfz.de/sommerschule2018).
We are pleased to report that two graduates reached first and third place. The two award winners also obtained a doctoral scholarship in Germany, thus continuing their scientific careers at the DKFZ in Heidelberg, at the Department of Medical Physics in Radiotherapy, as well as at the Berlin School of Integrative Oncology (BSIO) of the Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin.