Leopoldina - Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften

Jägerberg 1
06108 Halle (Saale)


Leopoldina goes to School: Why do we perceive something as fair or unfair? Youths discuss with research and politics

Dr. Karamba Diaby, SPD Member of Parliament, Commissioner for Integration I Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets, Director, Max Planck Institute for Ethnological Research I Moderation: Anna von Gruenewaldt, Koordinatorin, Lange Woche der Nachhaltigkeit,  Jonathan Unterweger & Alena Simon, Speech Science, MLU Halle-Wittenberg

We often hear that there needs to be more equality. But what does that actually mean? Tell us what you think about "justice." [...]



Opening of Conference

Caroline Wichmann, Head of Department Press & Public Relations, German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, Germany 

Henry Alt-Haaker, Senior Vice President, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany 

Donata von Perfall, Director, Documentary Campus and SILBERSALZ Festival, Germany

Eva Wolfangel, Journalist, Curator and Moderator, SILBERSALZ Conference, Germany


Opening Keynote: The Art of Immersive Storytelling

Francesca PanettaImmersive artist and journalist, UK

Francesca Panetta is one of the first journalists to explore immersive technologies and their potential for communication. She opens her treasure box of the richest experiences in this field and puts us on the right path for our future projects that will change science communication forever.


SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch - Multiplatform Projects

People2People, presented by Fabian Vetter, East End Film, Germany

Cancer Art Gallery, presented by Ken Dutton-Regester, Excite Science, Australia

iShark VR, presented by Roy Kimhi & Andy Byatt, Amberjack Films / One Atmosphere, Israel/UK

Diagnose:Unsichtbar, presented by Maren Schuster & Irene Schulz, Martin-Luther-University, Germany

Postcards from the Plastisphere, presented by Joana MacLean, GFZ Potsdam, Germany


Case Study: Kusunda - The Art of Using Interactive VR to Engage the Audience

Gayatri Parameswaran, Co-Founder, NowHere Media, Germany I Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Director, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme & Endangered Languages Archive, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany

What makes a language fall asleep? What does it take to awaken one? Kusunda is a voice-driven virtual reality experience about revitalising a dormant indigenous language in Nepal. Creators at NowHere Media -- a leading immersive studio for impact driven storytelling -- embarked on a long co-creative journey with members of the Kusunda community to produce the VR experience, which recently won the Grand Jury Storyscapes Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. [...]




Case Study: Marshmallow Laserfeast: The Art of Creating New Perspectives

Barney Steel, Founder and Director, Marshmallow Laserfeast, UK

Marshmallow Laserfeast is the master of exploring perspectives that are inaccessible to the human senses. In different interactive and real time VR experiences the pioneers of immersive storytelling show us what is possible when we creatively take advantage of the possibilities offered by new technologies.




Recap and Closing Remarks for Conference Day 1

Eva Wolfangel,  Journalist, Curator SILBERSALZ Conference, Germany

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards 2021

Creative stories from the world of science are honoured at this award show. They are awarded at the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina - with an exciting programme!


Opening Keynote: The Art of Reaching Diverse Audiences

Aya Chebbi, Multi award-winning Pan-African feminist, Tunisia

No one else has mastered the art of not only arousing the enthusiasm of a broad and diverse audience for scientific topics as well as Aya Chebbi, but also inspiring them to take action themselves. Aya Chebbi shares her rich experiences -  successes as well as challenges  -and illustrates why diversity is essential for communicators as well if we don’t want to reach only a part of the people - an issue that became more relevant than ever during the Corona crisis.



SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch - Science Incubator

In partnership with the Falling Walls Foundation, we are delighted to present outstanding scientists and fellows of the Falling Walls Engage and Lab programmes to share their scientific research projects and explore new outreach and communication channels. And together with Jugend forscht - the German science contest you will be meeting the next generation of scientists and their discoveries.

Together for Sustainable Fisheries, presented by Prof Dr Robert Arlinghaus, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

The Funlab: Reaching the Unreachable, presented by Mohamed Daoud, The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Human-Algorithm Synergies to improve decision-making in the Life Sciences, presented by Marielle van Kooten, Stanford University, USA

Illuminating Gas with Proton Beams – a Simulation, presented by Jonas Hartwig & Henry Welter, Jugend forscht, Germany

The Biggest Diamond in the Universe 2.0, presented by Charlotte Rieger, Jugend forscht, Germany




Case Study: 7 Grams - The Art of Using Augmented Reality for Science Communication

Karim Ben Khelifa, photo journalist and VR Innovator, Germany 

Many journalists have experimented with augmented reality, but few have unlocked the mystery of how to use the new technology to tell stories so excitingly that users can't wait to experience them. Karim Ben Khelifa is one of the pioneers in using journalism and new media, to propose powerful stories. Following his VR project The Enemy and ahead of his upcoming AR project Seven Grams, he will inspire us with new ideas on how to merge those media and adapt it to journalism.



SILBERSALZ Science & Media Pitch - Factual Science Projects

Resurrection Planet, presented by Madeleine Hetherton-Miau, Media Stockade, Australia

The Perfect Meal, presented by Rea Apostolides, Anemon Productions, Greece

The Global Ocean – a key player in the fight against climate change?, presented by Dr Nadine Mengis, GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

The Human Galaxy, presented by Nana Torp, Nana Torp film, Denmark

Megacities on the Edge – Visions for the Future, presented by Alexandra Böhm, Autentic, Germany


What IS the Art of Science Communication?

Prof Dr Antje Boetius, Director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Center of Marine and Polar Research, Germany I Milica Momčilović, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, Serbia I Francesca Panetta, Immersive artist and journalist, UK I Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Director of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme & Endangered Languages Archive, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany

More interactive stuff, more immersive experiences, more classical formats, a mixture? Or something completely new? Bridging the gap between science and science journalism or rather keep everyone’s own perspective? Why is it sometimes so hard to reach people? And what are the most promising solutions? Let’s discuss the art of science communication and science journalism with renowned experts from the field!