SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival 2020 - Conference

Halle (Saale)

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SILBERSALZ Conference - The Two Faces of Trust

The third edition of the SILBERSALZ conference will take place on 17th of October as a one-day hybrid event: Online and on the ground at the Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences, in Halle (Saale), with a limited amount of participants and in accordance with national health regulations in fall.

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, which we already successfully implemented at the SILBERSALZ events in June 2020.

This year, the Conference is designed as an interactive laboratory for media and science, bringing together international scientists looking 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 already announce three 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.

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 18th of 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. Deadline for submissions: 14 August 2020.


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.