The role of human emotions in science and research

Emotions and human feelings are as important for science and innovation as data and logic.


About the talk

Do human emotions have a role to play in science and research? Material researcher Ilona Stengel suggests that instead of opposing each other, emotions and logic complement and reinforce each other. She shares a case study on how properly using emotions (like the empowering feeling of being dedicated to something meaningful) can boost teamwork and personal development - and catalyze scientific breakthroughs and innovation.

About the speaker

Ilona Stengel · Material researcher

As Lab Head for Research and Development - Organic Light Emitting Diodes Chemistry, based in Darmstadt, Germany, Ilona Stengel focuses her work on the synthesis of new organic molecules. This stems from her passion for organic chemistry. At our company, she designs specific molecules which transport electrical charges or emit light for display applications. She studied chemistry at the University of Konstanz and graduated with her diploma thesis about natural product syntheses in 2007, and received her PhD at the University of Ulm in organic electronics. Over the last ten years she’s been part of several international academic and industrial research groups, which has given her insights into people’s motivation in a scientific and research context.

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