SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch

Call for Science Projects!

Join us then at Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences to find inspiration and present your ideas in front of an international audience. The conference and hence the pitch will be taking place now 17 - 18 October.

The SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival is postponed from June 2020 to 14.10. until 18.10.2020. In view of the current exceptional situation, the health of our visitors*, speakers* and the team and a containment of the infection is our top priority. The public program in the city of Halle (Saale), the conference in the Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences and the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Award in association with Jackson Wild will therefore take place in October 2020.

We will inform everyone who has submitted to the pitch about the next steps and process.

The SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch is one of the highlights of the 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.

At the SILBERSALZ Science and Media Pitch and networking roundtables, the selected projects will receive crucial feedback from an international audience of funders, media experts and science institutions and may find their future partners in the field of science or the media industry.

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.

Applications will close on 14 August 2020 (12:00 CEST).

Submissions are open to all scientists, science journalists and media professionals (producers, filmmakers, distributors) looking to develop their science project ideas into factual series, documentary one-offs, and interactive, immersive experiences.

All scientific topics, research areas and disciplines are accepted.
We accept submissions from all countries, and all applications should be made in English.
Please note that all sessions will be conducted in English.

We are looking for factual projects, scientific ideas and innovations that are in advanced development/research stage, already in production or in early post-production.

The submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • The strength and originality of the idea
  • The feasibility and innovative potential of the project, research idea or concept
  • Potential for interdisciplinary collaboration between science and creative world
  • Global outreach, broad market appeal and relevance

Submissions will be reviewed by an international science & media jury, and the most innovative and impactful stories will be selected to join the SILBERSALZ Pitch in Halle (Saale).

If your project is selected, you will benefit from:

  • A free accreditation to the SILBERSALZ Conference
  • Access to the SILBERSALZ community of international science, media and outreach professionals
  • Feedback, further discussion & expertise for your project in a pre-arranged set-up following the pitch
  • Increased visibility for your work through our international network
  • Lunch and coffee breaks for networking opportunities
  • Becoming part of a sustainable community dedicated to advancing the dialogue between science and media.


  • All submissions must be made in English.
  1. Short project description (1000 characters spaces included)
  2. Visual Material:
    • For projects from media professionals: a trailer is mandatory. Please include your link to the trailer in the application form (up to 2min long and in EN or with EN subtitles);
    • For projects from scientists: In case you have no recorded material, please send us slides with photos to get an impression.
    • a project photo in color (300dpi)
  3. 1 PDF file (max. 2 pages and 500MB) including:  treatment / scientific concept; short biographies of the applicant's team (author/director/producer or scientist) and company/institution (if applicable)
  4. Briefly state your goal at SILBERSALZ – what would you like to achieve, take away with you
  5. Additional information you consider useful in order to help the jury assess your project.

IMPORTANT: By submitting your project, you consent to our terms and conditions and you are fully aware of the fact that you will have to cover your own travel, subsistence and accommodation during your stay in Halle (Saale).


To apply for the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch 2020, please fill out the  Application Form and make sure to send all requested submission materials by 14 August 2020 (12 CEST) to

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