Introduction: President Beisiegel
1st Speech: Tanja Gabriele Baudson (co-organizer of MfS Germany):
- We need to work on more and easily understandable communication with the public
- Find ways to address negative/etc. results that cannot be published & publication bias
- Awarded excellence in teaching for work incl. MfS
2nd Speech: Stefan Herminghaus (Director of MPI for Dynamics & Self-Organisation)
- Is basic research Expensive/useless/elite?
- Only a few euros per person in Germany actually go to the MPIs for their research.; his seems quite a low cost for the high level of research
- There should be a greater focus on the ultimate societal goal of the research, even if each individual project is not directly applicable
- We need to regain the trust of politicians and the public
- The errors that occur in science have to be corrected
- We must improve communication
- We have to find a better way to explain the consequences of bad communication or missing information/knowledge
Aneke Dornbusch (PhD Theology)
- Used the example of theology to explain how it can be difficult for people to understand what research is about
- Definitely due to a lack of communication
- Examples such as “ask me anything” can help
- One way to reach people and have an impact is to show how to make better decisions in daily life to improve living conditions and sustainability
- Started a blog to explain her research to a wider audience, tries to describe things in a way that is understandable to anyone
Stephan Herminghaus (MPI)
- It would be very easy for populism to change everything because one election can do it
- We need to focus on making things work with society and the environment (not just getting off the planet)
- Find practical uses for research
- Simplifying enough to explain without getting the explanation wrong can be difficult, often need to be less precise to make things understandable to the General public
Ulrike Beisiegel (President)
- Initiative in DFG to get young scientists to write more in common language, avoid complexity just to make articles sound better, focus on wider communication
Tanja Gabriele Baudson (MfS org)
- Populism just as present in Germany with AfD etc
- Though cience itself less directly attacked in general
- Should not just focus on cognitive capacity / intelligence, also need to consider moral and emotional qualities for positions and leadership
- Old psychology no longer so important in psychology research, mainly held on to by medical establishment
- Sensational headlines are preferred no only in media, but also in science and publications
- Need to make communication to public a more important element, also as requirement for open positions
Maria Ximena Ordonez (Literature Research US)
- Germany has advantage due to better political situation
- Interest between scientific fields (interdisciplinary research) can lead to better solutions
- The selection of the audience is highly influential, and as most research is pointed at publications for researchers, not the public or students, it lacks in accessibility
- Maybe make it clear that science can be done by anyone, not just scientists, to help reach the public
- Focusing on alternative facts, trump, AfD, misses many other issues
- Should not just focus on differences between facts and alternative facts or increasing the amount of information, as there already is a lot there. Should explain the methods of how we get there, the scientific process, and how to differentiate ideas versus hypotheses, and assumptions versus tested knowledge
- How about making it possible for anyone to spend part of their workweek thinking and analyzing, reading and researching
Science plays a central role in our lives and our society. It’s allowed us to understand the beauty of mother nature while being essential for human progress and technological advances. The scientific discoveries and knowledge that are made belong to all of us, and you don’t have to be a scientist to benefit from or appreciate scientific research. For me, the March for Science gives me an opportunity to demonstrate my passion for science. Science has played such a crucial role in human history and has helped improve the quality of life of so many people. Marching for science allows us to express how important we view the role of science in today’s society. It’s a chance for us to reach out to people from all walks of life, and let them know about our scientific findings, why we think they’re important, and how these can contribute to society as a whole. Marching for science also allows us to demonstrate how important research and development to politicians and policymakers. It must be made clear that governmental policy must take scientific results and investigations into account in order to achieve the most beneficial effect. Marching for science will allow us to express that financial support for scientific research is crucial for the long-term advances of society. I hope you will all join in the March for Science on April 14 this year. Together, we can ensure that science continues to benefit humankind.
– Prof. Dr. Stan Lai, Professor for experimental particle physics, Director 2nd Physics Institute and March for Science supporter
In April 2017, we all participated worldwide in the „March for Science“ for science, fact-based and reproducible statements and studies. Some of our most important messages were:
- No borders: physics, like all sciences – does not know any political, cultural nor religious borders.
- Freedom to travel is indispensable for scientists for their scientific exchange and discourse, for the development of careers and networks.
- Freedom of speech is necessary, in order to be able to present unexpected scientific results.
- Acceptance of facts: facts must not and cannot be discussed away by opinions or ideas.
- Progress means to take new insights into account in order to develop concepts further.
- Education: state of the art knowledge must be taught to young talents in an unbiased way.
- Tolerance and cosmopolitan attitude: to view contexts from different points of views leads to new insights. Such different angles must be considered and accepted.
Those aspects were and are still important to us. They have all been discussed last year, were heard and triggered strong and positive resonance. Nevertheless, those aspects have not lost their topicality and brisance, are still not standard in all countries and accepted, still need our support, education, and wide communication, also in Germany. For those reasons, we participate again in the „March for Science“ in 2018. Prof.
- Dr. Arnulf Quadt, Professor for experimental particle physics, 2nd Physics Institute, University Göttingen and March for Science supporter
April 14th, 2018
10:00 Warm-up at the Gänseliesel
March begins: 11:00
On April 14th 2018 the citizens of Göttingen and the environs are taking to the streets and standing up for open and accessible science and research. We are joining the worldwide March for Science along with 175 other cities, including 15 in Germany, to show our support and affirm that freedom in science is a vital democratic value.
- 10 AM: Warm up at the Gänseliesel – Interactive science activities, crafts, and displays, sign-making opportunities, and ‘Ask-me-anything’ Scientists.At
- 11 AM: Mayor Rolf-Georg Köhler will kick off the March, leading to the Platz Göttinger Sieben. Speakers will be Ulf Diederichsen Vice President of research Göttingen University, Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, President of the Hochschulrektorskonferenz, Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue, Director of the Deutsches Primate Zentrum, and Dr. Maria Luisa Allemeyer, Director of Göttingen’s future museum Forum Wissen.
We look forward to seeing many of you there on April 14th!
A special Science Slam for the March of Science in Göttingen in the Woehler lecture hall!
Nico Graw will support the show with live experiments! All this only to be seen at the north campus and that along makes it well worth the long distance trip it takes to get here from the center (ca. 7 min with the bike) 😉
The Lineup includes:
Benedict Diederich (Jena)
Josefin Kaufhold (Erfurt)
Manuel Maidorn (Göttingen)
Linn Voss (Berlin)
Katja Rudolph (Göttingen)
And you? if yes, register here: firstname.lastname@example.org or here on facebook.
P.S. the slam will take place here: