SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival 2020 - Conference

Halle (Saale)


The third edition of the SILBERSALZ Conference goes digital on 17 October from 9.30-13.30 o'clock.

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Submit now for the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch (Deadline 14 August 2020)

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In accordance with national health regulations in fall, a limited number of participants - on invitation only - will be able to join us on the ground at the Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences, in Halle (Saale). The health of our visitors*, speakers* and the team is our top priority and we will ensure everyone joining us in Halle optimal protection through a professional safety and hygiene concept, that we already successfully implemented at the SILBERSALZ events in June 2020.

Note for Pitching Teams: This year, on the special occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Documentary Campus, the pitching forum of the Documentary Campus Masterschool (an intensive ten-month training program for European media professionals) will take place in the framework of the SILBERSALZ Sciene and Media Festival in Halle (Saale) on 17 & 18 October. The SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch will be integrated into this 2-day event full of pitches and take place on Sunday, 18 October.

This year, the Conference is designed as an interactive laboratory for media and science, bringing together international scientistslooking for new ways to communicate their research with the broader public and media professionals seeking new stories from the frontline of science and technology. We will tackle rebuilding public trust as a common challenge for both contemporary science and media and create a space for crucial interdisciplinary collaboration. New forms of co-creation across science and media will be crucial as societies face the dual challenge of accelerating climate change and democratic backsliding. To this end, the SILBERSALZ program will explore science and media as the two faces of trust.

We are delighted to announce four outstanding scholars as headlining keynote speakers, who will explore the challenge of trust for their fields and society more broadly:

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, an award-winning marine biologist, the Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center of Marine and Polar Research, Germany’s national polar research center, and head of the steering committee of Wissenschaft im Dialog ("Science in Dialogue"), an initiative of major German scientific associations.

Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian-Canadian journalist, blogging pioneer, research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, research associate at the MIT Media Lab, and co-author of landmark Council of Europe report Information Disorder.

Dr. Jürgen Renn, a leading science historian, the director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, co-initiator of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences, and author of The Evolution of Knowledge: Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene.

Dr. Jeanine Reutemann, an undisciplined researcher, filmmaker, lecturer, and tech-nerd. She uses film as an alternative, but equally valid language for the scientific endeavour, addressing subjects spanning from global challenges and sustainability to female identities in a variety of formats - including educational science videos, playful camera explorations and full-lengths documentaries.

In light of the current unprecedented situation, the conference will harness the insights of these and other experts joining the program, inviting reflection, analysis and case studies of science communication and the broader role of the media in the wake of COVID-19. It seems that now more than ever, we need constructive dialogue around trust in science and media.

As in last year’s edition, the SILBERSALZ Science and Media Pitch taking place on Sunday, 18 October additionally creates a platform for international scientists and media professionals to present their latest science projects to an international audience of funders, foundations, media experts and science institutions. This pitching forum is currently open to submissions from scientists, science journalists and media professionals looking to develop their science projects and concepts into specialist factual content and interactive experiences.


• Be inspired by standout keynotes and engage in enlightening interactive formats.

• Discover new projects: our science & media pitch is a unique opportunity to hear about the latest concepts, research, discoveries and science projects in development – for commissioning, coproduction or distribution on all platforms. The Call for Science Projects is still open. Apply with your project by 14 August 2020!

• Share your feedback and know-how with the pitching teams

• Expand your network: A chance to make new connections in the scientific world, as well as with foundations and creators from all fields – to meet, exchange and kickstart future collaborations while catching up with your peers.

• Become part of a sustainable community dedicated to advancing dialogue between science, media and the public.