InsideScience – Public Science in the Collaborative Research Projects
Most people only have a limited understanding of what a controlled particle collision is, not to mention 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 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 for this purpose: 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 uses the Internet to distribute the films, thus ensuring interaction with the 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 | Centre for Cultural and General Studies lends its years of experience in the realm of public science to the InsideScience project and oversees organisational coordination and content-related coordination. The editorial office of the Public Relations and Marketing Department (PKM) at KIT contributes its expertise in conveying scientific content.
Find out more about InsideScience on the projects website or watch the science videos directly on the InsideScience YouTube-Channel,or visit InsideScience on Facebook!