Call for Applications: Digital Communication Lab

Digital Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Communication on 13 – 14 May & 20 – 21 May 2022

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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#5: The New Global – Cooperation for the Future

Without sharing ideas, goods and common human values around the world, our lives would be much poorer and even endangered. The global movement of people, raw materials and innovations changed our lives for the better and continues to do so. Yet, the pandemic, political upheaval, and resource dependencies pose new challenges to the idea of a collaborative international community.

Cross-border phenomena like (climate) migration and COVID-19 are causing us to rethink established notions of mobility, international trade and work, and the way we treat the environment. They are reminding us that resources are finite, and the global community is vulnerable, raising the question as to what the future of globalisation and exchange will look like. What lessons can be learned from current crises? How can goods and ideas be shared globally in a sustainable, fair and more secure way? What opportunities are inherent in digital infrastructures and services? How should we envision human mobility and migration? How can we respond to increasing political isolationism and nationalist ideologies?

The fifth Communication Lab wants to explore the future of global exchange in its political, social, economic, and ecological dimensions. Science and the media can point the way to innovative approaches and best practices for our future global community.


13–14 May 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 in the field of globalization and mobility studies. Discuss what a “new global” might look like. Get started with your own projects.
20–21 May 2022 Explore new ideas. Get to know examples of inclusive transformative technology. 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 guest juror.


Participation is open to ten IJP alumni and 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 research relates to topics of global exchange, history and economics, global culture, digital technologies and developments of globalization.

The workshop will be in English and takes place 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, 212 KB)
Video guidelines (PDF, 391 KB)
Preliminary Programme (PDF, 160 KB)

How to apply

  • CV in English (PDF), two pages max., 12pt, Times New Roman (should include year and title of your Humboldt Fellowship Programme)
  • Motivation letter of 500 words max. (PDF).
  • Application video (via link), 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 5 and your name.


Application deadline: 14 April 2022.

The programme is financed by