SILBERSALZ Conference Programme

The SILBERSALZ Conference brings international scientists and media professionals together to explore storytelling at the frontline of research and technology changing what it means to be human.

Through the lens of the festival theme Cyborgs: Human & Machines, this program explores stories of revolutionary prosthetics, gene-editing and brain-computer interface as striking examples of the challenges and opportunities that science communication faces on the whole.

With an emphasis on dialogue, interactivity and actionable learnings, SILBERSALZ Conference is designed to inspire scientists seeking new ways to share their research and connect them with media innovators passionate about telling the stories that matter.

Highlights

  • Learn how the politics of science communication shapes public knowledge of the human body’s technologized future.

  • Find out why a growing market of alternative platforms and festivals seeks to share unconventional science stories to audiences around the world.

  • Discover what an interdisciplinary research team learnt from their efforts to immerse the broader public in new realities of prosthetics with VR.

  • Explore the challenges of transforming complex scientific findings into a video that captures the imagination of thousands of viewers.

  • Investigate how the hidden narratives and big-picture impact of scientific advancements are revealed in the fictional worlds of cyborgs on film.

 

You can register for the Conference online by 15 June 2018.

The Conference pass costs € 450,00 incl. VAT and includes access to the 2-days SILBERSALZ Conference, coffee breaks and lunches during the SILBERSALZ Conference as well as access to all festival offers.

The conference takes place at the Leopoldina - Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaft, located at
Jägerberg 1, 06108 Halle (Saale).

Getting here / Accommodation / Download Programme (PDF)

Sa 30 Juni

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The Big Picture: Introduction to the program concept from The Robert Bosch Stiftung and Documentary Campus

This opening address will outline the program concept and highlight the collaborative goals of the day. We will bring together experts and innovators in media and science so that the two fields can continue to augment each other and evolve together...

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Opening Keynote – Designing the Mind: AI, Brain Enhancement and the Nature of the Self

This keynote will shed light on the most pressing issues in human-machine relationships today, with a focus on the philosophical and ethical dilemmas at the heart of human enhancement, technological progress and the importance of asking the question of what makes us human...

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Keynote - Key Challenges of Science Communication. Today—and Tomorrow?

How will new technologies, new modes of communication and new sciences shape science media tomorrow? Which obstacles does science communication face today? ...

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Ignite Talks

A series of fast-paced talks to bring challenges of science storytelling to life with leading innovators and specialists in new media, publishing and public engagement with science...

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Ignite Panel: The journey of science stories: from innovation to public awareness

Moderation: Jeanne Rubner, Senior Editor Science and Education, Bayrischer Rundfunk, Germany

With Ignite Talkers, joined by Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André, Chair and Full Professor, Human-Centered Multimedia, Institute for Computer Science, University of Augsburg, Germany Member Leopoldina, Member Academia Europae, Member AcademiaNet, ECCAI Fellow...

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Lunch Break

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Fireside Chat: A clash or a match? What scientists and media professionals really think of each other.

A no-holds-barred debate between leading experts with clashing opinions on core issues of science and media through the lens of the innovation and ethical problems behind human enhancement. ..

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Case Studies: The Dos and Don’ts of Science Media

With these case studies and mini-screenings we take a closer and more detailed look at the aspects of successful collaborations between science and media. These case studies are followed by analysis and discussion with the makers of each project, and the development of actionable advice to be applied in the following workshop day...

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Coffee Break

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Cyborgs take Hollywood – from artificial intelligence to cyborg citizens and human augmentation

Movies influence our personal and cultural responses to our increasingly technological present and our possible futures. So how has cinema shaped our attitudes to, and expectations of AI, cyborgs, and posthuman life?...

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Why we need to become Conscious Storytellers?

As public debates around human progress grow, conflicting visions of the future from the arts and the sciences emerge, each with implications we may not yet be aware of. Drawing on insights gained through her Sensory Storytelling works, Karen Palmer, the Storyteller from the Future, will explore the necessity for creators to access their human consciousness to create worlds and transformational experiences for participants through digital storytelling.

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Wrap up and Final Remarks

Concluding with a positive emphasis on collaboration, scientists and media professionals will reflect on the most important lessons learned for each industry during the program, with an outlook to the collaborative tasks awaiting them for the workshop day.

 

So 01 Juli

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Pitch-off of innovative science concepts supported by Falling Walls Foundation

With the support of Falling Walls Foundation, we have invited 10 scientists to present a pitch-off of research projects to be transformed into a viral story across media channels. Following each pitch by an up-and-coming scientist, a panel of media experts will share feedback on the potential they see in each project and offer insights from the perspective of their area of expertise and industry specialization. In addition, up to 3 scientists from the audience have the chance to win the opportunity to present a wildcard pitch and share their latest research on stage.

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Networking Lunch

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Roundtable Workshops 1

In this series of roundtable workshops, media experts and conference delegates will work together to develop creative strategies for the projects presented during the pitch-off...

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Coffee Break

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Roundtable Workshops 2

In this series of roundtable workshops, media experts and conference delegates will work together to develop creative strategies for the projects presented during the pitch-off...

 

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Presentation of Results

Workshop results for each project will be presented in front of the conference audience.

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