Fallstudie C1

Case Study C1: Safe Materials Communication

Based on the research alliance’s topics, new innovative science communication formats will be developed and subsequently analysed. In an iterative process with all partners, content areas from basic research to technological applications, hazard assessment, and environmental impact will be identified for outreach measures. This results in virtual 3D video clips that will be used in different contexts of science communication. Our main focus is on public events, digital knowledge portals, museum exhibitions and student labs for school and extracurricular activities.

Video still from a biology lab at IfADo. Several of the camera recordings are stitched together.
Robin Wagner presents his special video camera to record 360-degree-videos. In addition to eight lenses, the camera is equipped with four microphones that record direction-specific sound.
In the VR headset the 360-degree-video shows a different part of the laboratory as seen in the video still above, depending on the wearer’s head movements.

Cooperation of the partners

Based on the topics of the research network, new and innovative formats of science communication for different outreach and learning environments are jointly developed and analysed by IWM, DM and IPN. The focus is on the prerequisites of the audience as well as the investigation of effects in terms of emotional appeal, beliefs and conceptual understanding as well as hazard/risk assessment.

The doctoral project is supervised by IWM. Research stays at the IPN and DM are planned to enable a comprehensive qualification of the PhD students. In addition, the nature of the project demands visits of the partner institutes that host the other PhD students to record their work.

Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM)

In this cooperation, IWM will focus on the investigation of innovative digital formats for science communication (e.g. immersive 360-degree videos, web offerings for dealing with scientific contradictions) that can be used in various formal and informal contexts such as teaching, student labs or exhibitions.

Deutsches Museum (DM)

The Deutsches Museum is developing an outreach toolkit that provides scientists with simple ways to communicate their research effectively to different target groups of the public. The toolkit is complemented by a workshop lasting several days, in which the young scientists of the research network intensively deal with the theory and practice of science communication.

IPN Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education

IPN will focus on combined experimental and multimedia learning environments for young people in semi-formal educational contexts as well as the associated advanced training of teachers and science communicators. This work is linked to other ongoing research projects.

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