Science is a part of everyday culture, yet for many people research only takes behind the impenetrable walls of the laboratory. And although some spectacular result will occasionally see the light of day, the actual questions of “how” and “why” are often ignored. This leads to prejudices and misconceptions. The complex nature of the research is not made clear to the public, and a proper understanding of the scientific questions behind the research does not develop.
The goal of the InsideScience project is to illustrate the expertise of collaborative research projects through partially animated films. It shows the broader public and potential university students how research is conducted in a manner that can be understood by all, and in doing so provides people with a glimpse into the inner workings of scientific laboratories and institutes. At the same time, the project aims to provide young scientists with media training. InsideScience makes use of new media such as the Internet to distribute these films—and also tests and assesses these new distribution channels.
You can find updated information about InsideScience in our project logbook.