InsideScience – Public Science in the Collaborative Research Projects
Most laypeople have only a limited understanding of what a controlled particle collision is, to say nothing of the purpose of carrying out such a collision. Similarly, the development of robots that resemble humans is often met with unfounded fears. Researchers, conversely, frequently lack the means to illustrate their work and drum up enthusiasm for it among the general public.
InsideScience takes up this problem. The goal of this project, which is sponsored by the German Research Foundation, is to foster dialogue between science and society.
Film is a helpful medium toward this end: a balanced mix of film and animation can do wonders to illustrate the theoretical foundation of a particle collision, or shed light on the inner life of a robot. Strengthening scientists’ ability to use new media and communicational tools is integral to the implementation of this project. Targeted workshops and training sessions prepare researchers for action both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. InsideScience makes use of the Internet to distribute the films, thereby ensuring interaction with the general public and stimulating critical dialogue.
InsideScience means Teamwork
The InsideScience project is a joint venture among four partners who have a broad range of experience, and who therefore all contribute to the success of InsideScience.
The scientists from the collaborative research projects – SFB588 “Humanoid robots – Learning and cooperating multimodal robots“ and SFB TR9 „Computational Particle Physics“ – work on the preparation and adaptation of the content. They are significantly involved in the conception of the films. ZAK lends its years of experience in the realm of public science to the InsideScience project, and is in charge of organizational coordination and content-related coordination. The editorial office of the PKM contributes its expertise in conveying scientific content.
Find out more about InsideScience on the Projects Homepage or watch the ScienceVideos directly on the InsideScience YouTube-Channel or visit InsideScience on Facebook!