Goals of our research

Science is an important resource of modern societies: Scientists diagnose societal problems such as the spread of viruses, malnutrition or climate change, and they develop ways to address them, such as vaccines, breeding technologies or CO2-free mobility. However, societies can only make ideal use of this resource if scientific findings are presented and discussed factually and accurately in the political and public discourse.

However, there are serious challenges in communicating scientific knowledge in politics and society. The goal of research at ZAK is to identify problems of public engagement with science and to examine ways of overcoming them. Our research aims to contribute to the objectification of polarized and politicized public disputes about the environment, technology, and science. On the one hand, our research should address practical problems of the KIT's science communication. On the other hand, our research results should initiate social and KIT-internal debates on the handling of scientific knowledge in public. Students will also be involved in our research within the framework of project seminars.

Past Projects and Research at ZAK


BMBF project on the scenario development of our world of work in the distant future with Human Factors and Ergonomics Scientists, Futurologists and Science Fiction experts.

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Interculturality and Globalisation

This project concentrates intercultural and mediative competences in the cross-sectional area “Interculturality and Globalisation” at ZAK.

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Anna Lindh Foundation

Since 2006, ZAK has been member of the German Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. In March 2012, ZAK was elected as the new coordinator of the Network for the Dialogue between Cultures.

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Public Science and New Media

This field includes studies of the typology of scientific videos on the internet, research on the social influence of the portrayal of science in science fiction films, participatory culture in science museums, the documentation and dissemination of new cultural heritage, and the further development of Public Science in the era of Web 2.0.

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More past and completed research projects are listed in the Archive

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