2021 Berkeley Lab Research SLAM

The 2021 Berkeley Lab Research SLAM took place on Thursday, September 23, 2021 virtually through ZOOM. The culminating live event was co-hosted by David Gilbert, Senior Manager of Communications and Outreach at the Joint Genome Institute, and Sinead Griffin, Staff Scientist at the Material Sciences Division.

Twelve finalists took the stage to communicate their science in a clear and concise three minutes to impress the panel of esteemed judges. This year, the second place award recipient received the People's Choice Award. Lydia Rachbauer in Biosciences took the coveted grand prize this year!

Inaugural Bay Area Research SLAM

Berkeley Lab's first, second, and third place SLAM award winners will compete against the finalists from Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Sandia National Lab, and SLAC National Lab in the regional Bay Area SLAM!

2021 berkeley lab research slam

1st Place

Lydia Rachbauer


"From Waste To Wanted - The Seaweed Story"

SLAM Finalist Interview

2nd Place & People's Choice Award

Ryan Kingsbury

Energy Technologies

"If The Shoe Fits"

SLAM Finalist Interview

3rd Place

Rajiv Ramanujam Prabhakar

Energy Sciences

"CO2: What Is It Good For ?"

SLAM Finalist Interview