Welcome to the Future: After three years of digital exchange, it is finally time to meet face-to-face with the ComLab alumni, friends, and supporters of the programme. The Communication Lab – a joint project of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the International Journalists’ Programmes – holds its first in-person event and networking carousel in Berlin: ComLab#Live Event in Berlin, 8 September 2023, 1:30 – 9:00 p.m. (CEST)
Science and media thrive on one quintessential thing: curiosity. Both professions share wonder, explore new territory and can inspire collective visions of the future. But what will our world look like in 50 years? Will AI enhance human lives? Can synthetic food be the solution to climate change and famine? Will we overcome severe diseases with the help of genetics and new biotechnologies? Research and science reporting have a huge potential in shaping scenarios of the future at a time where change is happening fast. But how to narrate a future based on potentially disruptive technologies that come with wicked ethical problems but could also make most people better off? Time to face the future together.
After three years of digital exchange, it is finally time to meet face-to-face with the ComLab alumni, friends, and supporters of the programme. The Communication Lab – a joint project of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the International Journalists’ Programmes – holds its first in-person event and networking carousel in Berlin.
Experts from science, media, industry and the political sector will discuss prospects and challenges of AI, bioethics and climate science. In a public debate we will talk about the influence of politics in science and media.
8 September 2023, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, followed by a reception
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Festsaal, 2nd floor, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin
The Covid vaccination, the war in Ukraine, climate measures, or AI – they divide opinions and are highly political at the same time. The media and research play a central role in the way these topics are dealt with in public. But this is precisely where we hit a grey area – in the field of tension between informing, advising and controlling debates.
The basis on which journalists and researchers have an impact on society is trust. But the integrity of both professions is increasingly being questioned – not least by populist movements. So where does politics take effect in researchers’ and journalists’ work? Are journalism and research driven by the attention economy of politics and new media bubbles? Or are they not political enough when it comes to issues that are crucial for the future, such as combating climate change? Is it their responsibility to raise democratic awareness in a time of increasing populism, fake news and disinformation?
Come and join the conversation!
• Ralf Beste (Federal Foreign Office)
• Zulfikar Abbany (Deutsche Welle)
• Leonie Sontheimer (Netzwerk Klimajournalismus)
Please register via this link.
Due to limited capacity, registration will close when the maximum number of participants has been reached.
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