Future of Science Communication Conference

June 24th - June 25th 2021

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The following programme details are preliminary and can be adjusted if necessary. Registration for the sessions will be open in the next weeks. All registered attendees will be contacted automatically.

Timezone: CEST / UTC +2 (Berlin time)

Day 1 (24 June 2021)

14:00 - 14:15
Welcoming Address with Thomas Rachel MdB (Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno (President of ALLEA) and Markus Weißkopf (Managing Director of Wissenschaft im Dialog)

14:15 - 15:15
Keynote "
Perspectives from Science of SciComm" with Prof. Dr. Mike Schäfer (Professor of Science Communication & Co-Director of IKMZ, University of Zurich)
Keynote "Perspectices on Science and Politics" with Prof. Dr. Nicole Grobert (University of Oxford/Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission)

15:15 - 15:45 Break

15:45 - 17:00
Session Block I  

  • Panel Discussion "Trust in Science: nurtured, built or earned?" with Prof. Dr. Rainer Bromme (University of Münster), Prof. Dr. Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin/PERITIA), Prof. Dr. John Besley (Michigan State University) and Prof. Tracey Brown (Sense About Science) 
    Moderated by: Dr. Birte Fähnrich (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences/Zeppelin University)

  • Workshop "Fostering exchange and collaborations between research and practice" with Rebecca Winkels (Wissenschaft im Dialog) and Dr. Julia Serong (LMU Munich)

  • Workshop "Communicating microplastics risk: Balancing sensation and reflection" with Prof. Bart Koelmans (University of Wageningen), Prof. Sabine Pahl (University of Vienna), Dr. Lesley Henderson (Brunel University) and Dr. Toby Wardman (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies)

  • Lightning Talk Session: Goals and Target Groups of Science Communication

17:00 - 17:30 Break

17:30 - 18:45
Session Block II

  • Panel Discussion "Science Communication: Meeting the audience’s needs – finding the right target groups" with Prof. Dr. Marianne Achiam (University of Copenhagen), Dr. Patrick Honecker (University of Cologne), Vanessa Mignan Jenkins (Trainer and Independent Consultant) and Dr. Barbara Streicher (ScienceCenter-Netzwerk)
    Moderated by: Philipp Schrögel (University of Heidelberg)

  • Workshop "Scientists and journalists – The road to success" with Juliane Meißner (freelance author) and Dorothea Nitzsche (freelance author)

  • Workshop "Trust in science in social surveys: challenges, measurement and case studies" with Ricarda Ziegler (Wissenschaft im Dialog), Kirstie Hewlett (King's College London), Rebecca Benson (King's College London), Prof. Rainer Bromme (University of Münster), Jayesh Shah (Ipsos MORI) and Cissi Askwall (Public & Science/EUSEA)

  • Lightning Talk Session: Science Communication in Times of Crisis

18:45 Evening Event

Day 2 (25 June 2021)

09:00 - 09:30
Keynote "Perspectives from SciComm Practice" with Cissi Askwall (Secretary General of Public & Science/President of the European Science Engagement Association)

09:30 - 09:45 Break

09:45 - 11:00
Session Block III

  • Panel Discussion "Fake News & Disinformation: A pandemic of its own?" with Dr. Natali Helberger (University of Amsterdam), Prof. Dr. Dan Larhammar (ALLEA/Royal Swedish Academy) and Dr. Philipp Lorenz-Spreen (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
    Moderated by: Kai Kupferschmidt (Science Journalist)

  • Matching Session with Philipp Schrögel (University of Heidelberg)

  • Workshop "Engaging the public in science through dialogue and co-creation – inspiring examples from across Europe" with Dr. Michaela Bertero (Centre for Genomic Regulation), Dr. Emma Martinez (Babraham Institute), Marta Solis (Centre of Genomic), Dr. Luiza Bengtsson (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine) and Fergus Powell (Baraham Institute)

  • Workshop "Scientific Communication through digital and technology tools: A virtual escape room" with Sandra Ruiz (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat City Council), Milena Verrie (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat City Council) and Jordi Lanuza (Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute)

11:00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:45
Session Block IV

  • Panel Discussion "Citizen Science and Open Science: Booster for Scicomm and Public Engagement?" with Mirko Bischofberger (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL), Vanessa van den Bogaert (Ruhr-University Bochum), Prof. Dr. Muki Haklay (University College London) and Prof. Dr. Uta Wehn (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education)
    Moderated by: Dr. Susanne Hecker (Museum für Naturkunde)

  • Workshop "Finding common ground: Research-practice-collaborations for better evaluation" with Ricarda Ziegler (Wissenschaft im Dialog), Liliann Fischer (Wissenschaft im Dialog) and Imke Hedder (Wissenschaft im Dialog)

  • Workshop "Using experiments to fight science disinformation online: an evidence-based guide" with Carlo Martini (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University), Folco Panizza (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University), Piero Ronzani (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University) and John Cook (Monash University)

  • Poster Session

12:45 - 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:45
Session Block V

  • Panel Discussion "Science & Politics: Finding a balanced relationship for society" with Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Alfred Wegener Institute), Dr. Janusz Bujnicki (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw), Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam) and Dr. Bella Starling (Vocal / Wellcome Engagement Fellow / Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)
    Moderated by: Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno (ALLEA)

  • Workshop "Rethinking Science Communication - how to integrate research and practice for effective and responsible science communication" with Dr. Frank Kupper (Athena Institute for Research on Innovation and Communication in Health and Life Sciences, VU Amsterdam), Aleksandra Kowalska (Ecsite) and Dr. Birte Fähnrich (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities/Zeppelin University) 

  • Workshop "Are you sure? How do you communicate about science and uncertainty through the use of philosophical dialogue?" with Dr. Jelle De Schrijver (Antwerp University)

  • Lightning Talk Session: Innovative Approaches to Science-Society Interactions

14:45 - 15:00 Break

15:00 - 16:00
Final Panel Discussion "Moving Forward Research and Practice of Science Communication" with Dr. Elisabeth Hoffmann (TU Braunschweig), Prof. Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol) and Prof. Brian Trench (Dublin City University/PCST Network)
Moderated by: Markus Weißkopf (Wissenschaft im Dialog)