SILBERSALZ 2019 - Conference

20.06 - 23.06.2019, Halle (Saale)

The two-day SILBERSALZ Conference is a closed format consisting of lectures, panel discussions, a science and media pitch as well as keynotes given by experts at the German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina.
Here, scientists and media professionals have the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in science and media communication, share their insights and make new connections.

For the first edition from June 30 to July 1, 2018, 200 scientists and media professionals came together around the theme “Cyborgs”.

This year, a hand-picked line-up of scientific minds, researchers and thinkers will guide an interdisciplinary audience through the surprises and controversies behind the theme "The Science of Love”. Bringing together new  influential approaches across neuroscience, philosophy, evolutionary biology, sociology, history, psychology as well as narrative media and technology to unlock the secrets of love, the conference explores how scientists and storytellers can collaborate to create science programming that fascinates global audiences. By embedding debates and case studies within larger discussions of bioethics, epistemological limits, sexism and anthropocentrism in science, dividing lines between the sciences and the humanities, as well as the market forces shaping knowledge production, the SILBERSALZ Conference sheds light on underlying challenges that scientists and science communicators must tackle together.

Confirmed are so far the following renowned speakers:

Dr.  Helen Fisher, Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, Member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Chief Scientific Advisor für die Internet Dating-Website

Brian Earp, Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics & Health Policy, Yale University und The Hastings Center, Research Fellow,  Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Dr. Liat Yakir, Science Communicator am Center for Educational Technology

Dr. Moira Weigel, Postdoctoral scholar at the Harvard Society of Fellows, Author of Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, Founding Editor of Logic Magazine

Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, CEO of Emoshape

Detailed conference overview here (.pdf)


With international broadcaster participating, including arte, ARD-Rundfunkanstalten, VICE, ZDF, NHK, National Geographic Germany, PBS/NOVA, Curiosity Stream and Wellcome Trust.


Registration is now open!

Get your conference ticket here.


The SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch is one of the highlights of SILBERSALZ Conference. This innovative pitching forum is open to submissions from scientists, science journalists and media professionals looking to develop their concepts into specialist factual content and interactive experiences.

Join us on Sunday, 23 June at Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences to find inspiration and present your ideas in front of an international audience.

At the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch and targeted match-making sessions, a selection of 15 projects will receive crucial feedback from an international audience of funders, media experts and science institutions. They may even find their future partners in the field of science or the media industry.

In addition to the pre-selected projects, there is a chance to win a surprise pitch slot during the Conference on location.

Click here to apply now!