Hosted at the Leopoldina - German National Academy of Sciences, the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Conference is a two-day industry program at the SILBERSALZ festival. It brings together international scientists seeking new ways to communicate their research with the broader public and media professionals looking for new stories from the frontline of science and technology. 

With an emphasis on dialogue, interactivity and actionable learnings, it aims to facilitate new collaborations between scientists and media professionals and nurture powerful science documentaries as well as interactive experiences

The 2021 SILBERSALZ Science & Media Conference will take place September 17th - 18th.


  • 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, co-production or distribution on all platforms.
  • 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 the dialogue between science, media and the public.

Attending the Conference are researchers of all disciplines as well as emerging talents, international science communicators alongside filmmakers, producers, distributors and international broadcasters including ARTE France, BBC Studios, VICE Media, ARD networks such as SWR, BR, WDR, RBB, HR, MDR, NDR, ZDF, 3sat, NHK, CBC, The Guardian, NOVA/WGBH, PBS, Curiosity Stream and Wellcome Trust as well as other representatives of renowned science institutions.

The SILBERSALZ Science & Media Conference 2020 

The 2020 SILBERSALZ Science & Media Conference explored science & media as the two faces of trust. Invited scientists and media professionals tackled rebuilding public trust as a common challenge for both contemporary science and media. As societies face the double challenge of accelerating climate change, democratic backsliding, and COVID-19, new forms of co-creation bridging science and media will prove vital. The conference was designed in a hybrid format. The program was live-streamed from Leopoldina, German National Academy of Sciences – with our headlining speakers and a limited number of guests on location. The virtual conference platform served as a space for crucial interdisciplinary collaboration and offered various networking possibilities for all participants.

We were thrilled to welcome as experts: Climatologist and German National Academy of Science President Prof. (ETHZ) Dr. Gerald Haug, renowned marine biologist Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, leading science historian Dr. Jürgen Renn, outspoken activist researcher and journalist Hossein Derakhshan, and Dr. Jeanine Reutemann, an undisciplined researcher, filmmaker, lecturer, and tech-nerd as well as bestselling science-fiction novelist Frank Schätzing.