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Call for Proposals

11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation

11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation will take place in Bonn, Germany from 7 – 9 November 2018.  The call for proposals is now closed. 


The event programme will be primarily compiled from contributions via a thematically open Call for Proposals. 

The programme committee is also planning a thematic focus titled “Scientists in the focus of science communication”. Speakers will be invited for themed sessions and we particularly welcome proposals from scientists. 

The thematic focus will include the following areas:

● Scientists’ Perspectives

What can and what should we communicate about research? Why should scientists communicate with the general public, and what benefits can this bring them? Is science communication good or bad for scientists careers? Do scientists communicate for their own interests or in the interests of their institutions, and is public communication accepted by peers and management? How do scientists see themselves, and does their self image match their public image?

●The relationship between scientists and communicators 

Should scienitsts approach communicators, or communicators scientists? What is the current division of roles, and how do the two groups see their own roles – is their a need for change? How do scientists see science communication? How can science communicators enable and motivate researchers to communicate publicly (training, cooperation, support)?

● Delicate relations: scientists – communicators – media  

How can we best communicate difficult topics? What is acceptable to communicate and what must be communicated? How can scientists determine whether their research is relevant or interesting to the general public or specific target groups? Should scientists express opinions on political issues? How can we achieve transparency and build trust?

● Communication and academic freedom 

Does communication interfere with research, or should researchers be required to communicate publicly? Does scientific research pursue particular interests? Does research funding influence the communication of research?

● The science of science communication

What can science communication studies and reasearch results tell us about the role of researchers in science communication? Could a stronger focus on the relationship between scientists and communicators help develop improved communication concepts for the future?

The following table gives an overview of the different programme areas and their structure: 

Format Opening keynotes – Panels – Sessions Panel discussions Interactive workshops & Project presentations
Theme Scientists in the focus of science communication Thematically open Thematically open
Selection process Invited speakers will be asked to present on the conference theme. You are also welcome to submit proposals on the topic. Submission through call for proposals Submission through call for proposals

Contributions through the Call for Proposals are thematically open, but there are criteria for the submission and selection of proposals. The Forum aims both to promote networking and exchange among science communication professionals, and to provide information about new formats, trends and research findings. 

We are seeking proposals for contributions on 

  • Specific challenges and current trends in science communication
  • Strategic projects and co-operations
  • New and innovative formats and locations in science communication
  • Formats and activities reaching interesting, previously unknown target groups
  • Best or worst practice: experience with particularly successful or failed projects
  • New insights, e.g. evaluation or research projects in science communication
  • Future perspectives and project ideas

Proposals providing an international perspective on these areas are welcome and can be submitted and presented in English.  

Wissenschaft im Dialog considers equal gender distribution important in both the panels for sessions and the moderating teams for interactive formats. Mixed-gender proposals are particularly appreciated.


Please submit your proposal for a panel discussion, project presentation or interactive workshop through the Call for Proposals.

Please consider the following information regarding session formats:

1. Panel discussion

  • A 75-minute panel discussion with up to three speakers and one moderator
  • Include at least 45 minutes of discussion with active involvement of the audience, e.g. through the use of voting tools, interactive surveys or the live use of Twitter
  • Discussion showcase different perspectives including a scientific perspective – ideally via the involvement of a researcher
  • Speakers from different backgrounds and institutions, potentially with different views on the topic, every member of the panel has a maximum of 10 minutes to give their impulse talk
  • The moderator should not be one of the panel members
  • The moderator should work intensively with the speakers before the session to clearly define key topics and questions for the discussion.

2. Project presentation 

  • Short presentation maximum 7 minutes of a successful or failed project with one speaker
  • Further information is presented on a poster as part of the exhibition in the foyer
  • Further discussion with interested attendees at the poster exhibition
  • Provides an overview of new formats and projects in science communication and the opportunity to exchange ideas

3. Project presentation “special”

  • Short presentation maximum 12 minutes of specific study results or evaluations of science communication presented by one speaker
  • Further information about the study or evaluation can be provided on a poster as part of the poster exhibition in the foyer
  • Opportunity for further questions and discussions as part of the poster exhibition
  • Provides a glimpse of current research in science communication 

4. Interactive workshop

  • 90 minute interactive workshop moderated by a maximum of three moderators or speakers
  • Diverse formats such as Workshop, World Café, simulated parliament, Fishbowl
  • Participants should work in-depth on an issue and generate potential solutions with a focus on practical relevance and working in groups
  • Please indicate the methods and aims of the workshop
  • Suitable for at least 40 participants
  • If there is sufficient interest you may be asked to run the workshop twice during the forum. 

Submitting your proposal

The call for proposals is now closed. 

Conditions of participation

The programme committee assesses all submitted proposals and compiles the selected contributions in the conference programme. You will be informed of the selection outcome in July 2018.

If your proposal is selected for the programme of the 11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation, Wissenschaft im Dialog will notify you of the date and time of your session and provide you with a fully equipped room (with laptop, projector, flipchart or pin board as requested). Please bring any additional materials such as pens, moderation cards or paper with you.

Speakers and moderators are eligible for reduced conference fees (covering participation and catering) for the duration of the conference (100€/1 day or 160€/3 days). We will send you a link that enables reduced registration.

Speakers pay for their own travel and accommodation – these costs will not be reimbursed by the organisers.

Important dates

Deadline for submissions 16 April 2018
Notification of selection July 2018
11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation 7–9 November Bonn


Here you'll find information about the call for proposals as .pdf ready to download: call for proposals.


Hella Grenzebach
Project Lead
Mail: hella.grenzebach@w-i-d.de
Tel.: +49 30 2062295-45

Floriana Raffauf
Mail: floriana.raffauf@w-i-d.de
Tel.: +49 30 2062295-22

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10117 Berlin