SILBERSALZ Conference 2021

The Art of Science Communication // 17 - 18 September 2021

From interactive virtual experiences to enriching our material (real) world with augmented reality to a new understanding of the role of narrators, stakeholders, and individuals in classical documentaries: science journalism and communication are currently experiencing a boom in creative and innovative formats.
There has rarely been so much potential for innovation! At the same time, the industry is battling a new wave of skepticism, especially during the pandemic. Communicating scientific content on a broader basis is increasingly becoming fine art. But let's see this as an opportunity!

At our conference "The art of science communication" hosted at the Leopoldina - German National Academy of Sciences, we will be inspired by pioneers and their groundbreaking work.
During presentations and keynotes, we will discuss new narrative formats, the opportunities and challenges immersive media comes with, and all the exciting things communicators and journalists can learn from immersive artists, VR film pioneers, and revolutionary approaches towards interactive experiences in different realities and many more.

The conference will at the same time provide a nurturing ground for interdisciplinary collaboration: At the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch, scientists from various disciplines are invited to present their latest research as they are seeking new ways to communicate science to a broad public. Filmmakers and producers will be pitching science concepts either in development or early production looking for additional funding and collaboration partners worldwide. At the conference, the selected projects will receive valuable feedback from film producers, authors, broadcasters, science journalists, science institutions, and international foundations. With an emphasis on dialogue, interactivity, and actionable learnings, we aim to facilitate new collaborations between scientists and media professionals and nurture powerful science documentaries as well as interactive experiences. 


We are thrilled to welcome as experts: Pan-African feminist Aya Chebbi, MIT’s Francesca Panetta, Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, award-winning marine biologist, Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center of Marine and Polar Research, Gayatri Parameswaran from VR powerhouse NowHere Media, Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur, expert for endangered languages, photojournalist and AR innovator Karim Ben Khelifa.

Experts for the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch include: 

On Location: 

  • Myriam Achard, Centre Phi, Canada
  • Steve Crabtree, Executive Producer, BBC Studios, UK
  • Danielle Giroux, ATLAS V, France
  • Margje de Koning, Movies that Matter Festival, NL
  • Kay Meseberg, ARTE, France 
  • Jens Monat, ZDF Terra X, Germany
  • Elaine Wong, HTC, UK


  • Rob Burk, Curiosity Stream, US
  • Tom Coveney, Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual, BBC, UK
  • Christiane Goetz-Sobel, ZDF, Germany
  • Anett Sager, ARTE GEIE - Science, France
  • Chris Schmidt, NOVA / WGBH, US
  • Yuri Sudo, NHK, Japan

Via the Online Library: 

  • Jeanne Rubner, BR, Germany
  • Leila Héni, RTBF, Belgium
  • Jane Mote, The Whickers, UK

We will continuously add more names to this list.

Register now for free!

The conference is open to international media professionals and scientists. In accordance with national health regulations in fall, only a limited number of delegates- will be able to join us on the ground at the Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences, in Halle (Saale). Seats are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may also join the program online. 

What's in it for you?

  • Access to a program of keynotes and talks
  • Interact with our speakers in a Q&A following their talks
  • Meet new and promising factual projects in development or early production
  • Discover new potential stories by listening to the latest scientific discoveries presented by international scientists
  • Make appointments: arrange a 1-2-1 with pitch teams online
  • Expand your network: Access to the SILBERSALZ community of international science, media, and outreach professionals
  • Become part of a sustainable community dedicated to advancing dialogue between science, media, and the public