The Latest in Science Communication
A lot has happened again in the field of public science, despite the current 'hot' phase of preparation of the SFB continuation proposal. For example, a video on the practices of comparing with SFB spokesperson Angelika Epple on the platform "Latest Thinking" has just been published. "Latest Thinking" sees itself as an independent open access video journal that summarizes research results and topics from all fields of science in order to increase the scope and impact of scientific findings and promote transparency.
Just published is also an article in the Spiegel about Blumenbach and the collection, comparing and measurement of skulls based on an interview with the SFB-associated doctoral researcher Malin Wilckens. Her thesis advisor is SFB spokesperson Angelika Epple and Malin Wilckens has already studied the topic in her master thesis. The article "Nachts wühlten wir unter den Knochen" (in German) can be found in the current print edition of 9 november 2019, and online here for Spiegel+ readers.
The SFB science communicator Rebecca Moltmann wrote a guest contribution for the information and discussion platform wissenschaftskommunikation.de about the podcast project "Practical Theoretical" in October. It deals with knowledge transfer and the potential of podcasts for (in the case of the SFB) humanities research transfer.
The platform is aimed at actors in public relations, science, and science journalism as well as all those interested in science communication.
Christine Peters, doctoral researcher in the SFB subproject B03, was invited to give a lecture on Alexander von Humboldt at the Augustinum Seniorenresidenz Kassel about her research. In September she was there as a guest and spoke about: "Europa im Gepäck – Alexander von Humboldts Forschungsreise durch die Amerikas". It dealt with Humboldt's universalist science and the sometimes contradictory relationship that Humboldt developed with Europe during his trip to the Americas. He uses it again and again in his travel reports as a template for comparison and sets it on the one hand as an ideal of enlightenment, but also sharply criticizes it on the other.