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Call for proposals for Experimental Science Communication Laboratories

Update: Eligibility of applications
Other employees (SoMis)
are also eligible to apply. However, the applying consortium may not consist exclusively of SoMis. Furthermore, the spokespersons of the applying consortium must come from the research group, i.e. professors and WiMis.

FAQ for the “Call for proposals for Experimental Science Communication Laboratories”

Science communication is one of the three central pillars of the Knowledge Exchange strategy of Berlin University Alliance. Berlin University Alliance has set the goal of promoting the participation of and exchange with societal partners in the research process, increasing the credibility of research and facilitating free access to research results. The focus of this call for Experimental Science Communication Laboratories is on the development and practical implementation of new models and methods for science communication. Proposal should address less reached target groups intensively; innovative approaches, working directions and questions of Experimental Science Communication Laboratories are to be collaboratively tested during the development process, before new formats of multidirectional knowledge transfer can be provided other scientists.

The call for proposals is aimed at professors, PhD researchers as well as research assistants working on joint projects for the three main Berlin Universities – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin – or Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

There are two funding lines of the call for Experimental Science Communication Laboratories:

  1. With a duration of one year, the Fast Approach seeks to promote innovative forms of science communication which can be launched after a short preparation period.
  2. With a duration of three years, the Long Road aims to develop and support long-term approaches and methods for science communication.

We are looking for modern, multidirectional science communication proposals that aid crossing boundaries towards and integrated research environment in Berlin. Proposals are based on existing collaborative research projects at the four member institutions and need to be implemented in experimental laboratories on a thematic, yet cross-institutional level. The funding is aimed at the experimental development and testing of new formats regarding multidirectional exchange of knowledge that goes far beyond usual press work or events such as panel discussions. Through the multidirectional process, research is not only communicated to society, yet benefits society and also leads to true knowledge exchange through information from society to scientists.

On the one hand, the experimental laboratories should present research results in cooperation with various societal figures. These laboratories create spaces in which current research questions that have remained unanswered or can only be answered through an open discourse with society are actively discussed. This multidirectional process should be explicitly reflected in the submitted concepts. The development of formats in the experimental laboratories, particularly in the “Long Road” funding line, should be promoted in accordance with the Objectives of the Berlin University Alliance, drawing on science communication expertise in collaboration with the Objective 2 Steering Committee. We are encouraging transdisciplinary collaboration in the experimental laboratories, accompanied by networking with industry partners and partners from culture, politics and civil society.

The evaluation process will also be particularly looking for a willingness to collaborate with other funded projects. With the aim of methodically learning from each other, the Berlin University Alliance intends to support and facilitate networking between the funded Laboratories with regards to the transfer of ideas and experiences. New formats will be tested in other scientific fields, both independently and in collaboration with other laboratories. Last but not least, links to the various Network of Excellence Objectives are expressly desired, for example in relation to the themes of Open Science and Open Access as well as the Berlin University Alliance’s Cross-Cutting Themes of Diversity and Gender Equality, Teaching and Learning and Internationalization.

Necessary documents

Applications must be submitted through the online portal (https://portal.bihealth.de/Portal/SitePages/Home.aspx).


Fabian Kruse, Program Manager Knowledge Exchange / Science Communication
Email: knowledge-exchange@berlin-university-alliance.de