IMPRS-gBGC workshop 'Climate science: from basic research to communication'
Category: Transferable skills
Credit points: 0.2
The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and the IMPRS-gBGC offer a workshop for junior climate scientists on their role in communicating research results to the general public as well as to societal and political stakeholder.
- Which means and instruments are used by climate researchers to communicate their knowledge to society?
- Can current climate research answer questions that concern politics, businesses and civil society?
- Does the scientific community provide answers that are heard at all in the non-scientific world?
The complex topics will be introduced and addressed in a key-note lecture of Hans von Storch1 and extensively discussed in the framework of a workshop led by Marie-Luise Beck2.
The workshop will pave the way for questions and discussions on a wide range of issues like:
- Does my research have a benefit for society? And if so, how can I bring it across?
- How do I best communicate with the media and what are tricks and pitfalls in the contact with an audience outside of my field of research?
- How much is basic research impacted by the need for applicability or the demand for societal relevance?
- What are there cross connections between science and politics that impact scientific research, e.g. through funding programs?
This workshop helps the climate researcher to reflect the relevance of his/her own work and its presentation to the general public. The workshop will encourage researchers to reflect on his/her own role and responsibility in society.
1 Professor at the Meterological Institute of the University of Hamburg and Director of Institute for Coastal Research of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
2 Managing Director of German Climate Consortium
Key lecture by Hans von Storch1
January 21, 2016 (Thursday) at 14:00
Lecture hall at the MPI-BGC
(no registration necessary)
Workshop by Marie-Luise Beck2
January 22, 2016 (Friday) from 9:00 - 16:30
Seminar room B0.002 (MPI-BGC)
Please register here
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