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 the media. Twice a year, ten journalists from the IJP network meet ten researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to develop possible joint projects on a current, socially relevant topic in a three-day workshop. Lectures and training sessions will deepen their knowledge of effective science communication and reporting. Experienced mentors from the media support the process. 


ComLab#7: The Next Big Bang – New Frontiers in Exploring Life (May 2023)

With new space missions and fast developments in bioengineering, ComLab#7 aims to explore the research that will fuel our expectations in 2023 and the years to come. What are the new frontiers in research and how can or should journalists tell the story of the next big bang? At the same time: Can too much attention at an early stage harm further developments in research, especially in terms of public acceptance? With ComLab#7 we want to explore the next scientific revelations whilst also discussing the underlying cultural norms that affect how new research is implemented and perceived in different countries. 

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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 second episode of Bench Talks, Sarah Tekath, IJP alumna and foreign correspondent on Women's and LGBTQ rights, and Daphnee Iglesias, UN Consultant, and specialist on data access and human rights protection, talk about the role of digitalisation in the global refugee crisis and the threat of gender-based violence and racism online. How exactly do technology and social media divide us? But how can they also help to create spaces of economic and social opportunity for women, and especially female refugees? Daphnee and Sarah share their professional and personal experience with gender discrimination.

Episode 2: Refugee crisis, digitalisation & the threat of gender-based violence online

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

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