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Here you’ll find all our English language articles. We feature opinions, interviews, discussions and summaries on current trends and topics in science communication. If you have questions or would like to contribute, please contact the editorial team: redaktion@wissenschaftskommunikation.de. If you would like to find out more, please visit our About Us page.

25. Oktober 2022 von

„We have to be honest about the uncertainty“

How is it possible to identify an expert in a certain field? Which obligations do scientists, journalists and lay people have in the process of science communication? The philosopher George Kwasi Barimah brings in some clues from social epistemology.
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10. Oktober 2022 von

“Community is at the heart of transformation”

How can research be made relevant for the day-to-day life of the people affected? How to support transformative processes in the way we communicate? The “Transformation Project” at Arizona State University, USA, focuses on transformative communication. Marco Dehnert explains its goals.
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9. September 2022 von

“It is about stopping misinformation from Cranky Uncles”

Stop misinformation by learning the technique behind it – Through the smartphone game „Cranky Uncle“ players are taught, with a lot of humor, how to spread misinformation effectively. An interview with the developer and founder of Skeptical Science John Cook, about the power of humor, the inoculation theory and dogs in the game.
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29. August 2022 von

“We want to give nature an active part in the debate”

What, if nature had its own vote in political debates? For “Letters from Nature”, the computer scientist Peter van der Putten and the artist Jeroen van der Most use artificial intelligence to give nature a voice. A discussion about new narratives on climate change and intelligent algorithms as an artistic medium.
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22. August 2022 von

Im Profil: Flavia-Bianca Cristian

She fell in love with science and stayed for the communication: The Romanian molecular biologist Flavia-Bianca Cristian about her science communication journey and how she perceives the European science outreach landscape.
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19. August 2022 von

„We want this project to be the start of a discussion“

How did the role of British science press officers change during the last 20 years? To gather evidence concerning this question the Science Media Centre commissioned a review. Helen Jamison, an independent science communications consultant who was responsible for the report, gives insights into the main results and recommendations. 
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29. Juli 2022 von

“I want to be a very present and accessible scientist”

Science communication on a gaming platform? On Twitch, Marcus Weinman discusses current biological topics with his followers in live chats. In this interview, the biologist talks about why he values this live interaction and how it also makes him vulnerable.
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10. Juni 2022 von

“Diversity makes things better“

Making the invisible visible, not only under the microscope – The project “Microscope Me Up” by Chiara di Ponzio and Francesca Miricola aims to increase the visibility of science and creates an inclusive space celebrating societal diversity. An interview about a special symbiosis between microscopy and makeup art.
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7. Juni 2022 von

„Physics is for everyone“

The #IOPLimitLess campaign aims to engage young people with physics. Ray Mitchell, head of campaign strategy, explains why the Institute of Physics has turned to TikTok influencers to achieve this goal.
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5. April 2022 von , Gastbeitrag Tipp

Complex Topics – Clear Messages: Writing Tips for Non-native Speakers

Researchers are expected to publish their findings in English even if they are not native speakers. But the challenge remains the same regardless of the language: How can we explain complex topics in a concise way without oversimplifying them? Rebecca Henschel and Klaus Wingen have put together some of the best tips of the trade.
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4. März 2022 von

Borderlands Science: Engaging gamers with research

A Tetris-like game enlists players of the looter-shooter Borderlands 3 to aid science. A researcher, a science communication professor and a video game expert talk about how to engage people with citizen science in video games.
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28. Februar 2022 von

„A complex mixture of different resources and experiences“

A British-German collaboration within the project RETHINK focused on education and training in science communication. Clare Wilkinson and Birte Fähnrich talk about the role of informal education and digital transformation as well as the competence model and training resources they developed. 
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11. Februar 2022 von

How a neuroscientist and her dog are breaking down barriers to science

The Twitter profile “Sampson the Service Dog” shows a golden retriever in a lab coat wearing safety goggles. Owner Joey Ramp explains in the interview why the account is about more than cute dog content and how she tries to make science and academia more accessible for people with disabilities.
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27. Januar 2022 von

“We are focused on widening the scope”

Participedia is a global knowledge sharing platform for everyone interested in democratic innovations. Project manager Paul Emiljanowicz talks about its purpose, challenges to participation and why research on democratic practices has to move away from its Western-centric angle.
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3. Dezember 2021 von

„Lots of people have the idea that science is not for them“

Why is it important to understand science in one’s  own language? The South African science communicator Sibusiso Biyela explains that communicating in one’s mother tongue leads to more trust and acceptance with regard to scientific topics. 
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30. April 2021 von

Im Profil: Nadia Dmitrieva

Nadia Dmitrieva is a Russian geologist who became a journalist and is now working as a Press Information Officer at a Physics Institute in Novosibirsk. In her job profile she gives insights on how she got into science communication and which obstacles she has to deal with in communication.
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