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Happy Birthday MIP.labor

Ideas laboratory on science communication with the support of the Klaus Tschira Foundation started in 2021 on 31 March and has now been running for a year

News from Apr 05, 2022

In order to strengthen the social debate on mathematics, computer science and physics, an ideas laboratory for the development of new forms of science communication began work at Freie Universität Berlin in March 2021.

Through a fellowship programme, the MIP.labor grants science journalists the freedom and resources to deal intensively with topics from mathematics, computer science and physics that are considered particularly complex and therefore often receive little or no attention in reporting. Each year, up to ten fellows have six months to work on a topic of their own choice and to develop an innovative media format. The MIP.labor is funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

"Research in the subjects of mathematics, computer science and physics, just like all scientific research, is largely financed with public money. In order to allow the public to participate in the discourse on this research, it is important that we facilitate access to very complex topics, such as the theoretical background of algorithms, and also enable critical reporting on important but difficult-to-access developments," says Günter M. Ziegler, President of Freie Universität Berlin.

To enable the journalists to familiarise themselves, they receive support from "tandem partners" from academia. In addition, a small team with practical expertise in software development, graphics, moving images and science editing is at their side at MIP.labor to implement the format development.

The MIP.labor, complements the Foundation's diverse and decades-long commitment to social discourse on science, mathematics and computer science.

"With MIP.labor, we also want to strengthen science journalism," emphasises Carsten Könneker, Managing Director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation. "The independent reporting, classification and observation of science that journalists provide helps us all to understand and classify developments from research."

In addition, research is also being conducted at MIP.labor: on the mode of action and reach of the journalistic formats that have been developed. "Since Corona at the latest, the call for better science communication can no longer be ignored. But we still know very little about which formats we can best use to reach people and let them participate in the discourse. This is exactly what we want to explore using the formats to be developed at MIP.labor," says project leader Dr. Anna Maria Hartkopf, who did her doctorate on the topic of science communication in mathematics.

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