Reflecting Science Accurately: Public Science in the Collaborative Research Projects of InsideScience
Most laypeople have only a limited understanding of what a controlled particle collision is, to say nothing of the purpose of carrying out such a collision. Similarly, the development of robots that resemble humans is often met with unfounded fears. Researchers, conversely, frequently lack the means to illustrate their work and drum up enthusiasm for it among the general public. InsideScience takes up this problem. The goal of this project, which is sponsored by the German Research Foundation, is to foster dialogue between science and society.
Film is a helpful medium toward this end: a balanced mix of film and animation can do wonders to illustrate the theoretical foundation of a particle collision, or shed light on the inner life of a robot. Strengthening scientists’ ability to use new media and communicational tools is integral to the implementation of this project. Targeted workshops and training sessions prepare researchers for action both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. InsideScience makes use of the Internet to distribute the films, thereby ensuring interaction with the general public and stimulating critical dialogue.
The following groups are taking part in InsideScience: Collaborative Research Projects 588, “Humanoid Robots”, and TR9, “Computer-Assisted Theoretical Particle Physics”; ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies; as well as the Public Relations and Marketing Department (PKW) at KIT.