Humboldt Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media

Advancing research communication

Whether the subject be climate change or the corona pandemic, science and research have a number of responsibilities that include keeping up the dialogue with society. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has been launching a series of workshops called Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media to help scientists on the one hand and journalists on the other enhance the skills needed for this.

Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media

The Humboldt Foundation is now offering ten of her fellows the opportunity to discuss the challenges involved in research communication and carry out joint projects with journalists in each workshop of its Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media series.

The idea behind these workshops: twice a year, ten Humboldt Fellows will meet with ten junior journalists from throughout the world. The ten participating journalists will be selected from the International Journalists’ Programmes organisation (IJP e.V.) The participants will be divided into 10 two-person teams. Each team will work on a piece of journalism during the course of a three-day workshop. Highly qualified mentors will supervise the process of producing a journalistic work. During these workshops, participants will discuss what they expect from one another, what makes for successful collaboration, and what constitutes good research communication.

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Communication Lab #2 (Day 3): Graphic Redording
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The first Communication Lab took place in June 2020 on the topic of corona pandemic.

ComLab #1

Communication Lab #2: Climate Research and European Green Deal

No doubt, addressing climate change and taking political action to mitigate its consequences requires fast action. Scientific research plays a crucial role in investigating anthropogenic climate change and in developing mitigation policies and climate-friendly technologies. Scientific solutions and climate governance strategies must be communicated beyond scientific and academic circles. Effective climate change communication and in-depth, understandable reporting can enhance knowledge and understanding, prompt involvement, help accelerate action and trigger changes in behaviour around the world.

The second edition of the Communication Lab (24 November – 26 November 2020) is therefore dedicated to the European Green Deal and questions of effective communication of climate change.
The Humboldt Foundation and the International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP e. V.) invite selected researchers and journalists to increase their knowledge and understanding of effective communication and reporting strategies. Leading scientist and journalists will share their knowledge.  

Ten Humboldt Fellows and ten IJP alumni will team up in ten interdisciplinary teams of two, help one another to get out of their comfort zone, get an idea of each other’s way of thinking and work on a piece of journalism regarding their respective climate change research partner. Each Com Lab aims to generate ten outstanding articles for online platforms, using innovative and interactive ways of informing the public.