Communication Lab for Exchange between Research and Media

With the ComLab format, IJP and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) promote global cooperation between science and media.

Leading academics and media professionals work in small teams on a journalistic product. Three of the contributions produced during ComLab will be selected by a jury and awarded a prize of 500 Euros each.


Bench Talks

Welcome to ComLab Bench Talks - a science communication format brought to you by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the International Journalists' Programmes. 

Two people on a bench. Somewhere in Berlin. A researcher and a journalist discuss current world events and the state of science communication. 

In the first episode Albert Steinberger, journalist at Deutsche Welle Brasil, and Fabio Fornari, sustainability researcher and alumnus of the German Chancellor Fellowship, talk about misinformation and climate change, the role of science and media in the 2022 Brazilian presidential elections, and what "debate" menas or can mean in the age of fake news and populism.

Episode 1: Climate communication, fake news & the Brazilian elections

ComLab#6: Dwindling Resources - Growing Conflicts

New solutions in the fight against resource scarcity

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 interdepenencies 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?

We will discuss these topics during ComLab#6 in fall 2022 (Octoer 28-29 & November 4-5).

Preliminary Programme

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