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Fields of action

Founded in 2000, Wissenschaft im Dialog has steadily expanded its activities and focuses on the following five fields of action.

Broad Communication

WiD addresses groups of all ages and educational backgrounds with discussions, exhibitions, school projects, competitions and other activities. In the meantime, WiD can rely on the comprehensive scientific competence of its shareholders and partners. The activities in this field of action do not only serve the purpose of information. They do also highlight the importance of science for society and facilitate an informed exchange about central scientific topics.

WiD has been sending off the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft since 2002. The floating science center crosses rivers and channels and takes science to people across the country. The project “Jugend Präsentiert” invites students to present complex relationships in natural sciences in a comprehensive manner, while captivating others with their enthusiasm.

Here you can find all broad communication projects

Dialogue about controversial topics

Science communication not only imparts scientific information to the public, but also illustrates the research process, points out risks and chances and puts results in the broader picture of societal contexts. Last but not least, WiD hosts and develops formats for the general public to debate about controversial topics and to verbalise their expectations towards science.

The project “Wissenschaft kontrovers” fosters the dialogue between the public and scientists in fishbowl discussions, science cafés and varying online-formats on current scientific topics. “Die Debatte” takes scientific findings and perspectives into the public discourse. In online- and live-formats, the project initiates discussions on controversial topics such as genome editing, the Covid-19 pandemic, or using drones in public spaces.

Here you can find all projects in the area of dialogue about controversial topics

Experimental science communication

As the organisation for science communication, WiD also wants to promote new ways of exchange between science and society. This is why WiD develops new event formats and adapts formats of other areas to science communication. It aims at directly addressing different audiences, facilitating discussions and participation, while making the fun of science and the enthusiasm of scientists tangible.

The project “Make Your School” brings hackdays to schools. Not only does this contribute to digital education, it also supports establishing a new, open and scientific learning format. The video-contest “Fast Forward Science” aims to make video formats as a way of communicating science popular.

Here you can find all projects in the area of experimental science communication 

Platforms for exchange of experiences

There are many different actors in science communication, including staff in communication departments of research institutions and universities and members of science centers just as much as science journalists and communicating scientists. WiD offers a platform for networking and promotes the development of science communication.

The “Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation” has become the biggest event regarding science communication in the German-speaking area. The online portal wissenschaftskommunikation.de is a central platform for information and discussions for everyone communicating science.

Here you can find all projects in the area of platforms for exchange and experiences 

Quality and transfer

The Quality and Transfer Unit works with various projects to make scientifically validated knowledge on science communication applicable to practice. The Transfer Unit promotes the dialogue between science communication practice and research and addresses pressing questions in science communication by making the state of research on these questions easily accessible to practitioners. The Impact Unit conducts analyses on the quality and impact of science communication and develops tools that support meaningful evaluation of science communication. With the Science Barometer, attitudes of the population towards science and research are surveyed annually. In the Poiesis project, trust in science and, in this context, especially the influence of scientific integrity and social participation in the scientific process are investigated together with European partners. The DiPubHealth project is concerned with discourse-sensitive health communication, conducting research and developing knowledge-based formats for this purpose.

Here you can find all projects in the area of the quality and transfer.