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Future of Science Communication Conference



How can we connect research and practice in the field of science communication? How can science communication help make science more trustworthy? And what lessons have we learned on the relationship between science and politics during the Covid-19 pandemic? Over 1.000 participants from all over the globe took part in the Future of Science Communication conference. 

The event took place as a multidisciplinary, digital conference on 24-25 June 2021, co-organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog and ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the scope of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the international conference brought together various actors from science, science communication and politics. Its aim was to provide an impetus for stronger networking and transfer between the ‘science of science communication’ and practitioner communities.

The follow-up event took place as an one-day event in Brussels on 26 April 2022. Over 70 participants discussed and developed about impulses and solutions for a strategic and institutional (re-)orientation of science communication in Europe.

In the documentary we have compiled a review of the Future of Science Communication Conference and the follow-up event in Brussels.

Video recording of the panel discussion

David Lodder (European Commission/DG Research), Ionica Smeets (Leiden University), Svetla Tanova (European Science Media Hub) and Markus Weißkopf (Wissenschaft im Dialog) discuss "How to institutionalize SciComm in Europe?".

Insights of #FSCC22

Impressions from the conference in Brussels can be found in the picture gallery and ALLEA published a short report of the follow-up event. Follow the link to read the article "The Future of Science Communication Conference: Bringing Science Communicators and Researchers Together".

Future of Science Communication Conference

The conference was thoroughly documented and recorded. Johanna Barnbeck and her team at Spread the Nerd, created a pageflow documentary of the conference giving you insights into the conference. The pageflow documentary will be updated shortly as soon as the results of the follow-up event are available. 


ALLEA published a summary with first take-home messages in their report “Future of Science Communication Conference: Moving Forward Research & Practice”. Moreover, the German science communication portal wissenschaftskommunikation.de attended the conference and shared their impressions. Follow the links to read the articles on Day 1 “#FSCC21 – searching for ways to make science communication more effective and impactful” and on Day 2 “#FSCC21 – how science communication can help to maintain the trust in science.”

For an artistic view on our conference, have a look at the graphic recordings by Lorna Schütte in our gallery. For everyone who wants to stay in touch and keep the discussion going we have created a LinkedIn group which everyone can join. 


Until the end of 2021, you can find out more about current science communication projects and research findings in the #FSCC21 Virtual Poster Exhibition.