BSCA Follow-Up Events in Brazil, Singapore and the U.S.

Science communication at the heart of Follow-Up Events in the home countries of the journalists

During their stay in Berlin from October to November 2017 as part of the BERLIN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AWARD Journalist-in-Residence Programme, the junior science journalists took part in international conferences and visited some of the most important research institutions in Berlin. A highlight of the programme was the one-day BERLIN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION DAY-Barcamp, where the fellows were able to debate with science communicators from Berlin.

In the second phase of the programme the award winners took up the pioneering questions of science communication, which were developed during their stay in Berlin, in their home countries. Together with local partner institutes, the journalists organised thematic events for diverse audiences and under consideration of various formats of science communication.


In Singapore, Fann Sim and YeenNie Hoe hosted panel discussions titled “Science’s New Frontiers“ on 23 January 2018. These were organized together with Nanyang Technological University and discussed two of the most pressing issues of our time. Under the title “I, Robot: Where is Al taking us?” researchers and leaders from the industry discussed inspiring, critical, legal and ethical aspects of the development of artificial intelligence in Singapore. In the discussion forum “Eyes up here please: Media portrayals of women in science” the frame of an appropriate coverage of women in science was discussed.


The journalist Renata Fontanetto took the yearly carnival in Rio de Janeiro as a reason to examine together with the Museum of Life and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation the topic of women in science. On 3 February 2018, at the “Grito de Carnaval” an interactive installation and artistic workshops addressed visitors of every age. In the Panel “At the rhythm of women in science - some ideas on the subject” inspiring women presented impressions from their work in science and industry. Afterwards, the carnival was rung in with a parade.

In cooperation with the Universidade de São Paulo, on 1 February 2018, researchers, science journalists and representatives of research and educational institutions discussed the future of Brazilian science. At the panel “Is the Brazilian science dead? A debate about the direction of science in Brazil. And inspirations from Berlin” Nadia Pontes compared together with other panelists the parameters of Brazilian and German science communication.


As part of her event “Sciencewashing: How Science and the Pursuit of Knowledge Gentrify Cities“, Steph Yin cast a critical gaze at the role of science, research and technology in the development of urban spaces. She examined both potential suppression processes as well as positive influences on demographic and economic urban developments. Considering both examples from American cities as well as from the “brain city” Berlin, she discussed paths of societal participation in research and science. Furthermore, she presented concepts, such as participatory budgeting, which enable science institutions to better include the public and make a contribution to communal life.

Eric Verbeten hosted an event in Madison on 22 February 2018 with high-ranking representatives from science communication and academia. There the concept of the Berlin Science Communication Award was discussed and the Humboldt University and the concept of internationalising it were presented. In addition to that, Berlin as a research center was debated.

The concept of the BERLIN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AWARD, which was developed by the International Strategy Office, was honoured as one of three initiatives as part of the idea contest "International Research Marketing" by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). As a result the project was funded with 100,000 € by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In the implementation process the HU was supported by its partners the Einstein Foundation Berlin, the Charité and the Technical University Berlin. The Berlin University of the Arts and the Freie Universität Berlin also participated.


Nina Mikolaschek

International Strategy Office
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