Call for Applications: Digital Communication Lab

Digital Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Communication

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Communication Labs

More information about the ComLab and the results of the last digital workshops here.

A conversation between science and the media: Twice a year, ten Humboldt fellows and alumni meet ten journalists from the International Journalists’ Programmes. During a four-day workshop they form interdisciplinary teams, which then work together on a compelling piece of journalism based on the research of the Humboldt fellows. Experienced mentors support the development process. Lectures and training sessions by internationally renowned experts from science and media focus on what constitutes good science communication.

Join the ComLab!

  • Join the ComLab network and be part of a specialised community of science communicators.
  • Exchange ideas with fellow scientists and journalists from all over the world.
  • Discuss current global issues with international experts from the political sector and civil society.
  • Learn innovative story-telling techniques from excellent trainers and mentors.
  • Work towards a compelling piece of science communication based on your research.
ComLab is where ideas grow wings. Great mentoring, lots of inspiration. Not to miss!
Karsten Lemm, journalist, IJP alumnus

ComLab#6: Dwindling Resources – Growing Conflicts

New solutions in the fight against resource scarcity:
28 – 29 October & 4 – 5 November 2022

Rising oil and grain prices, dwindling wood and water reserves: Current geopolitical developments and climate change are making it increasingly clear how dependent we are on stable resources and reliable trade routes. Resource scarcity has far-reaching economic, social and political consequences, the urgency of which is being debated and negotiated in the public and political arena.

What is striking is that the repercussions of the current energy and food crises are being primarily discussed from a national perspective, although they are subject to global interdependencies and have a particularly severe impact on the world’s poorest regions. Exploding wheat prices in the wake of the Ukraine war and the famines in large swaths of Africa, climate migration and the resultant social conflicts, draw a dramatic picture of the grave extent to which the world has neglected to establish a forward-looking resource management system. Political conflicts – which researchers and experts have long warned about – are intensifying in many places. International bodies are in full agreement: The responsibility for our dwindling resources lies in the hands of the global community. But is this message also being communicated in the political sector, media and society?

ComLab#6 will examine the following questions: Which ecological, political and economic aspects do we have to take into account when dealing with resource scarcity? What alternatives are available with respect to the cultivation, use and transport of resources that are currently overexploited? Which trailblazing, innovative methods have been generated by international research that could help us to cultivate our planet in sustainable ways and establish fair trade conditions? And – not least of all – counter isolationism and isolation?


28 – 29 Oct 2022 Have fun while warming up for ComLab. Get to know each other. Discuss what constitutes good science communication. Share ideas on how to collaborate. Get inspired by international science reporting. Learn from science experts. Discuss what new solutions in the fight against resource scarcity might look like. Get started with your own projects.
4 – 5 Nov 2022 Explore new ideas. Get to know best practices in sustainability. Expand your own science communication tool kit. Share global news on the relevance of science and media. Meet and talk with policy-makers and social innovators. Learn from renowned science correspondents and editors about good science reporting. Pitch your projects to the guest juror.


Participation is open to ten Humboldt fellows (current scholarship holders and alumni of all fellowship programmes). Knowledge and experience in science communication is an asset, but not a prerequisite for participating in this four-day workshop.

We welcome applications from researchers of all disciplines whose past or current work relates to topics of resource management, agriculture and economics, biology, materials research, process engineering, ethics, education, social sciences, digital technologies, and AI.

The workshop takes place in English and as a virtual format.


  • Strong motivation to engage with an international community of journalists
  • Active participation in expert discussions, interactive learning sessions, and creative collaboration in a journalist-scientist tandem
  • Commitment to create a compelling piece of journalism together with your team partner
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Call for Applications (PDF, 193 KB)
Video guidelines (PDF, 194 KB)
Preliminary Programme (PDF, 199 KB)

How to apply

  • CV in English (PDF), two pages max. (should include title of your Humboldt Fellowship Programme)
  • Motivation letter of 500 words max. (PDF)
  • Application video (via WeTransfer), three minutes max., which gives us a clear initial understanding of why you want to take part in this advanced training
  • Please see the video guidelines for more content-related and technical details

All documents should be submitted in ONE e-mail to comlab[at]

Subject line: #Application for ComLab#6 and your name.


Application deadline: 5 September 2022

The programme is financed by