The 11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation

April 16, 2018 to April 16, 2018
Call for Papers
Wissenschaft im Dialog
Hosted by: 
Wissenschaft im Dialog
Bonn, Germany

11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation will take place in Bonn, Germany from 7 – 9 November 2018. From now until April 16 you can submit proposals for the conference programme. More information can be found on this page.


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?

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