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2. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation

2. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation
Photo: © WiD / Christof Rieken

2. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation

2. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation
Photo: © WiD / Christof Rieken

2. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation in Berlin

2. Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation in Berlin


November 30 – December 02, 2009


Tagungszentrum Jerusalemkirche Berlin
Lindenstraße 85
10969 Berlin

Some 250 science and research communicators from Germany and Austria met in Berlin on November 30 – December 2, 2009, at the second “Forum on Science Communication” organized by the initiative Science in Dialogue (Wissenschaft im Dialog, WiD) to discuss current trends and strategies in science communication.

The question of how to get young people excited about science was one of the topics at the “Forum on Science Communication.” Others included the presentation of scientific topics in the media and the evaluation of events. Using the examples of swine flu, stem cells and tsunamis, the speakers and participants discussed how to communicate scientific knowledge in a crisis situation. Another major issue was the question of how one can use scientific topics to reach out to people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. A panel discussion on the role of science academies in science communication featuring the presidents of the Leopoldina, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and Acatech also met with great interest. The participants of the three-day symposium used the breaks and the evening reception at the Berlin Museum of Natural History to discuss the ideas and projects presented at the symposium and make contacts.

With the “Forum on Science Communication,” Wissenschaft im Dialog seeks to build networks and pass on new and exceptional ideas in research communication. The 10-year anniversary of the signing of the PUSH (Public Understanding of the Sciences and Humanities) manifesto by the German science organizations in 1999 provided an opportunity to look back at what has been achieved but also to point out the challenges that still exist. For example, according to a study on science communication that was presented at the symposium for the first time, there is still a failure to communicate the methodology, as opposed to the results, of scientific research to a broader public.

The second “Forum on Science Communication” was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany, and the Schering Stiftung. Following a call for proposals, the program was prepared by a program committee which also included a representative of the Schering Stiftung.

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