The importance of science communication in research

Especially in Corona times, this was a common image in the media: virologists and other researchers appeared as guests on talk shows and gave interviews in newspapers. In November 2019, the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT published a guest article by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek with the headline "Scientists, talk to us". 

Menschen im Gespräch



Today, Germans have a more positive image of science than before the corona pandemic. Above all, the credibility of research has increased considerably. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research under the project management of Dr. Thomas Petersen.

In times of societal change due to digitalization, demographic change or globalization, the demand on science is growing to communicate not only with other researchers, but also with society. In many places, science communication is receiving more and more attention from the research landscape, as both a research topic in its own right and an integral part of research projects and teaching. Among others, the BMBF-funded research training group "Science Management and Science Communication as Research-Based Practices of Science System Development" at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg will deal with science management and science communication until 2023.

Since 1993, the discussion forum "Humanities in Dialogue" has encouraged dialogues between individual humanities disciplines, with other sciences and with the public. Researchers and experts from various disciplines deal with questions from science, culture and society in numerous events across Germany.

The BMBF's policy paper, for example, clearly shows the relevance of this issue: "Science communication shows the contribution science and research make to sustainable development, innovative ability and the quality of life in our society. It strengthens the anchoring of science in society, the scientific maturity of citizens and the democratic capacity of society as a whole”.

Use this blog for discussion:

  • In your opinion, how important is communication in science and research?
  • What are suitable means or tools for science communication?
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