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MSCL Colloquium – Prof. Dr. Michael Has

We would like to invite you to our February colloquium Responsibility in Times of Resource Scarcity on Feb. 7th at 13:00 (German time).

Prof. Dr. Michael Has studied physics at the University of Regensburg, where he was awarded a doctorate for his work in the field of biophysics and spent the first part of his career at Fogra doing industrial research. In 1996, he joined the École Française de Papeterie et des industries Graphiques. In 1998, he received his Habilitation from the University of Grenoble, where he has since taught as a Distinguished Professor in business strategy and sustainability with a focus on knowledge transfer and research in the area of sustainability, decarbonization, and eco-design.

Stimulated by a long stay with native Indians in Canada, Prof. Has has also been active in the field of minority human rights. He is concerned with the issue of the impacts of tourism and with questions of resource conservation and the consequences of excessive resource extraction.

Since last year, he is also a Partner of Monopteros GmbH with a focus on Technology, CSR & Environmental Footprints, and Product Strategy.

Today, he will speak on Responsibility in Times of Resource Scarcity against the background of shrinking resources, questions of responsibility for the consumption of resources, measures, legal regulations, time frame, and boundaries of responsibility. Prof. Has will bring a variety of fields of knowledge, such as law, physics, and cultural studies, into the discussion.

This is an online event carried out in English. However, questions in German are also welcomed. We look forward to your participation in our lively after-talk discussion! Please register in advance: https://lmu-munich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEldOqppjgvHd2shXk836NnQLawApzhjgmV

In June 2022, we kicked off our Tuesday’s MSCL Colloquiums series – an open place for discussion and academic reflection on science communication and planetary health. The aim is to have an open space for intellectual thought and reflection on this multidisciplinary topic for the community, students, and practitioners.

More information on each colloquium will be sent to our mail list as the dates approach. Here subscribe to our email list: https://www.mscl.de/mailing-list/ .

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or ideas about possible topics and speakers.

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Experiment: The Earth Under the Microscope

One of the six experiments supported by the MSCL launched its exhibition this month in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. This project was selected from the MSCL Call for Participation in February 2022.

Location: Science Communication Lab, Auditorium in the first floor, Deutsches Museum

Schedule:

  • 09.01.2023 — 15.01.2023 Pop-Up exhibition
  • 16.01.2023 — 22.01.2023 Pop-Up exhibition
    Exchange with scientists on site
  • 23.01.2023 — 29.01.2023 Pop-Up exhibition
    Exchange with scientists on site
    Self-supervised exploration of satellite data through a “microscope”
  • 30.01.2023 — Feb/Mar 2023 Pop-Up exhibition
    Self-supervised exploration of satellite data through a “microscope”

Description:

Where do my cereals come from? What about Planetary Health? We are facing major challenges: a growing world population needs to be fed. In the process, planetary boundaries have long been exceeded, and the global ecosystem is under strain. Does modern, intensive agriculture really provide food for all? Our food system is in a deep crisis. Why is that, what does it matter to me, and what role does my own consumption play? Is there hope, and what can I do? A view from space gives answers.

In this exhibition, you are the center of attention. Surely you have a lot of questions. We provide you not only with facts and figures. Follow in the footsteps of researchers yourself and examine real satellite data and Planetary Health under the microscope. Get an overview and draw conclusions. Intuitive graphics help you to put everything into perspective. You are also invited to ask questions directly to a local expert! What about agriculture in your neighborhood? See the latest images from the European Earth observation satellite “Sentinel”!

At the end of the exhibition, the group asks you to answer a few questions as part of your experience. It is quick and fun!

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Call for Papers

In a time of multiple crises (e.g., Covid pandemic, climate crisis, geopolitical crises such as the war in Ukraine), scientists and engineers are expected to help in approaching wicked problems (Rittel & Webber, 1973) that, in fact, have no solutions. As science communication grapples with the increasing demands of complex issues in globally networked societies, authenticity, or the lack thereof, plays an ever more significant role.

For communicators, authenticity is vital. It makes it more likely for audiences to consider their insights. For science communicators, authenticity is negotiated on different levels (Hendriks et al., 2015). Their roles, for example, as scientists, journalists, or influencers, require staying true to the relevant norms and values of their social role and discipline, while other roles may introduce conflicting demands and values (Saffran et al., 2020). How is authenticity negotiated by different science communicators, and how does it affect their impact on policymakers and the broader public?

Scientific evidence and (allegedly) science-based arguments in mass media and social media have suffered from fake news and misinformation campaigns, while scientists add to the issue through scientific dissent or multiple replication crises across disciplines (Earp & Trafimow, 2015). How can science communication contribute to public science literacy and media literacy, helping individuals assess the authenticity of arguments, evidence, and data, and how can such assessments help people make better science-based decisions?

We want to explore the concept of authenticity in the broadest possible sense. Trust in organisations (Mayer et al., 1995) can be part of our exploration as much as authenticity judgments of scientists and scientific evidence (Anderson et al., 2012; Boyette & Ramsey, 2019). We welcome works on perceptions of trustworthiness and integrity in science communication. Contributions may discuss possible connections between related concepts to draw out differences and overlaps with authenticity.

The 2023 post-conference, Authentic Voices in Science Communication, is planned as a continuation of the Paris 2022 Preconference, The Science of Science Communication: Mapping the Field, and is co-organized by the environmental communication division. We welcome a broad spectrum of
theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions from all sections of the ICA dealing with authenticity in science communication from a theoretical, conceptual, or empirical perspective.

Contributions can address at least one of the following aspects while referencing the overarching topic of the post-conference, authenticity, in its broadest sense:

  1. The concept of authenticity in science communication and its relationship to integrity and trustworthiness.
  2. Transcultural perspectives on authenticity in science communication.
  3. Science, risk, health, and environmental communication.
  4. Empirical research from various theoretical and methodical perspectives
    a. (new, emerging) communicators,
    b. messages,
    c. (digital, social) media formats,
    d. reception,
    e. and/or effects of science communication.
  5. Theoretical contributions to science communication research.
  6. Methodological contributions to science communication research.
  7. (Public) discourses about norms and ethics in science communication.
  8. Science communication as a profession: skills, education, careers.
  9. New and innovative approaches to science communication from traditional science communication institutions as well as arts, (political) activism, business, etc.

Organized by the Munich Science Communication Lab (LMU Munich) – Bernhard Goodwin & Sabine Reich / Contact: Bernhard Goodwin (goodwin@lmu.de)

Submission Guidelines
We welcome regular and PhD-submissions. All conference submissions must include a separate cover page and extended abstract. The cover page should provide the submission’s title, author information, three to five keywords, and, if applicable, a note identifying the submission as a “Ph.D.
paper” (Ph.D.-student led paper). Works in progress are welcome. The conference organizers support open science practices and accept preregistrations and replications. Extended abstracts must be fully
blinded for reviewing and be limited to a maximum of 800 – 1000 words plus references, tables, and figures.

Please send your conference submissions (cover page and anonymous extended abstract) to scienceofsciencecomm@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is January 23, 2023. Submissions will undergo blind peer review, and acceptance notifications will be sent out on February 11, 2023.

Date & Conference Format
Authors of accepted extended abstracts will be able to present their papers live in Toronto on May 30, 2023.

Keynote Speaker is John C. Besley (Michigan State University)

The organizers plan this as a one-day in-person conference, opening with a keynote panel. Accepted submissions will be presented in two or three consecutive panels followed by a networking and reflection session to close out the post-conference.

Conference venue
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology (University of Toronto)
39A Queens Park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario

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MSCL Colloquium – Dr. Amelia Fiske and Jonas Fischer 

We would like to invite you to our first virtual colloquium of 2023 on Jan. 17th at 13:00 (German time).

Dr. Amelia Fiske and Jonas Fischer will present the process of creating Toxic, a graphic novel based on ethnographic research conducted by Dr. Fiske between 2011-2013. Toxic invites readers on a toxic tour through the Ecuadorian Amazon, where they encounter contamination in waste pits, soils, and rivers, and listen to the stories of people living alongside the industry. Along the way, readers are immersed in the materiality of toxic contamination and struggles for environmental justice in everyday life. Drawing on anthropological and feminist social science approaches to toxicity, the book renders the experiential components of the toxic tour visually. Toxic seeks to convey the urgency of living in a place and a historical moment where preventing permeation by the continual onslaught of industrial toxicants is neither possible nor expected. At the same time, those most burdened by oil’s weight are continually required to prove that harm has occurred. The visual depiction of these events allows for the subtlety of the various, insidious, even contradictory ways that oil permeates life to emerge in all their difficulty. Toxic is a vivid reflection on the role of toxicants in our everyday lives, ultimately asking readers to reflect on how we are each implicated in the petrochemical complicities of production, consumption, and exposure both in the Amazon and at home. Dr. Fiske and Mr. Fischer will speak of the process of creating the book, as well as the challenges of bridging ethnography and graphic art in science communication work.

Dr. Fiske is a cultural anthropologist working at the intersection of medical anthropology, science studies, and environmental humanities. She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a research fellow in the Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine at the Technical University of Munich.

Jonas Fischer is a graphic designer, illustrator and comic artist from Kiel, Germany. He collaborates with friends, classmates, peers and designers and scientists from a variety of disciplines. His work has led him to adventures in Moldova and Ecuador as well as in Otterndorf, Brunsbüttel and Schleswig, Germany.

This is an online event carried out in English. However, questions in German are also welcomed. We look forward to your participation in our lively after-talk discussion! Please register in advance: https://lmu-munich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqde6ppzwrHdJKm1bW0XymP6-GdHZgbcse

In June 2022, we kicked off our Tuesday’s MSCL Colloquiums series – an open place for discussion and academic reflection on science communication and planetary health. The aim is to have an open space for intellectual thought and reflection on this multidisciplinary topic for the community, students, and practitioners.

More information on each colloquium will be sent to our mail list as the dates approach. Here subscribe to our email list: https://www.mscl.de/mailing-list/ .

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or ideas about possible topics and speakers.

If you missed the event, you can still watch the presentation here:

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MSCL Colloquium – Dr. Korbinian Rüger

We would like to invite you to our next virtual colloquium on December 13th at 13:00 (German time).

Dr. Korbinian Rüger will examine the topic Longtermism and Planetary Health.

Longtermism is the idea that in many decision situations, what matters most is how our decisions affect the very long-run future and that improving the very long-run future is a key moral priority. In this talk, Dr. Rüger will introduce Longtermism, raise potential objections, and draw connections to central debates regarding climate change and the future of our planet.

Dr. Rüger is a research associate at the Chair of Practical Philosophy and Ethics at LMU since October 1, 2020 and his research focuses on normative ethics and political philosophy.

He holds a DPhil (Ph.D.) in Philosophy from Oxford University. Previously he was a visiting scholar at Princeton University. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth and a M.Sc. in Philosophy from the London School of Economics.

This is an online event carried out in English. However, questions in German are also welcomed. We look forward to your participation in our lively after-talk discussion! If you haven’t yet, please register in advance: https://lmu-munich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqde-orzIuHdNc-OV4Yx5gsI4-w0LY58fY

More information on each colloquium will be sent to our mail list as the dates approach. Here subscribe to our email list: https://www.mscl.de/mailing-list/ .

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or ideas about possible topics and speakers.

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MSCL Colloquium – Dr. Lukas Rudolph

We would like to invite you to our next colloquium on November 29th at 13:00 (German time).

Dr. Lukas Rudolph will debate the question “When Does the Public Support Ambitious Climate and Environmental Policy”?

Dr. Rudolph is a Senior Research Fellow at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science of LMU and a Research Associate at the Center for Comparative and International Studies of ETH Zurich.

His research covers political behavior, preference formation, and the role of institutions from a comparative political economy perspective. He has a specific interest in environmental politics and environmental behavior.

He is co-leading a project with Vally Koubi (ETH Zurich, SNF-funded) on [Climate Risk, Land Loss, and Migration: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Bangladesh](http://p3.snf.ch/project-185210).

His work has been published in The Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of European Public Policy, Political Science Research and Methods, Journal of Peace Research and Political Behavior amongst others.

This is an online event carried out in English. However, questions in German are also welcomed. We look forward to your participation in our lively after-talk discussion! If you haven’t yet, please register here in advance.

More information on each colloquium will be sent to our mail list as the dates approach. Here subscribe to our email list: https://www.mscl.de/mailing-list/ .

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MSCL Colloquium – Clara Kühner, M. Sc.

We would like to invite you to our next virtual MSCL Colloquium on October 18th at 13:00.

Ms. Kühner will tackle the question Why don’t we act in times of planetary crisis? Explaining cognitive action barriers from a climate psychology perspective. Climate scientists agree that the climate crisis poses an existential threat to humanity. Although this knowledge has now reached large parts of society, the collective climate protection measures taken are far from sufficient. What is holding back policy makers, society, and individuals from taking action? The talk will introduce various cognitive action barriers, such as the principle of cognitive dissonance, the bystander effect or the single action bias

Ms. Kühner is the MSCL’s Evaluation Coordinator. She studied psychology at the LMU and the University of Bamberg, focusing on work and organizational psychology and social psychology. She recently submitted her doctoral thesis on the connections between work and employee well-being to the University of Leipzig and is expected to receive her PhD at the end of 2022. Her work combines various statistical methods such as diary studies and meta-analyses. Parallel to her dissertation, Clara worked in a consulting company until 2022, gave lectures on work and organizational psychology at the FOM University of Applied Sciences, and has been invited by various institutions (e.g., The Akademie für Politische Bildung) to give talks and workshops on climate psychology.

This is an online event carried out in English. However, questions in German are also welcomed. We look forward to your participation in our lively after-talk discussion! If you haven’t yet, please register here in advance.

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MSCL Colloquium – Dr. Jeanne Rubner 

Our next MSCL Colloquium is already on September 13th at 12:00.

We will welcome Dr. Jeanne Rubner to lead the discussion on „TUM und andere Hochschulen: Welche Rolle spielen sie bei der Kommunikation von Wissen?“ (“TUM and other universities: What is their role in communicating knowledge?”)

Dr. Rubner is the Vice President of Global Communication and Public Engagement, as well as the department head of the Corporate Communications Center at TUM.

For the last ten years Dr. Rubner, who holds a doctorate in physics, has headed the tri-medial editorial section covering Knowledge and Education (“Wissen und Bildung aktuell”) at Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bavaria’s public broadcasting service. She also teaches Scientific Communication at the Munich School of Politics and Public Policy (“Hochschule für Politik München”). In 2012 she concluded more than 20 years as an editor at the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2019 the German Physical Society awarded her its Medal for Natural Science Journalism.

This is a virtual event held in German. However, questions in English are also welcomed. Please register here in advance: https://lmu-munich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcOCprT4iG90-tfPP5HwyAFzGk8dzZ7JL

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to your participation in our lively after-talk discussion!

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MSCL Colloquium – Maike Voss

We would like to invite you to our next MSCL Colloquium on September 6th at 14:00.

Maike Voss (MPH) will be discussing the challenges and opportunities in political communication about planetary health and how to drive transformative options for actions.

Maike Voss is a health scientist and the managing director of the Center for Planetary Health Policy (CPHP) – a new collaborative think tank initiative by the German Alliance on Climate Change and Health (Deutsche Allianz Klimawandel und Gesundheit e.V. KLUG). Previously, she led the Global Health Governance Research Group at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. Her research focuses on the governance of global and planetary health and addresses interactions between health, climate change, and security. She is a founding member of Women in Global Health, served on the Steering Committee of the German Alliance for Global Health Research 2021-2022, and was appointed to the Lancet Commission for Synergies between Health Security, Universal Health Coverage and Health Promotion in 2018. She teaches at several German universities, including Bremen, Bielefeld, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and is a freelance presenter. Before joining SWP, she was a research associate at the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research at the University of Bremen.

This is a virtual event held in German. However, questions in English are also welcomed. Please register here in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Interview with Dr. Eva Winzer – MSCL Impressions

Eva Winzer is a post-doctoral researcher in Public Health Nutrition at the Medical University of Vienna, at the Centre for Public Health. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Ph.D. in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Winzer has almost ten years of experience in Public Health Nutrition, Malnutrition, and Chronic Disease Prevention. Recently, she has included Digital Public Health in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in her research focus, mainly Digital Food Environment.

Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the Department of Media & Communication at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) of Munich. During her stay and hopefully beyond, she is working on the topic of science communication about planetary health with the Munich Science Communication Lab.

Q: How are you and your work related to the MSCL?

E.W.: Dr. Brigitte Naderer from the LMU of Munich at the Department of Media & Communication, my colleagues from the Medical University of Vienna at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and I conducted a content analysis on meals, snacks, and drinks that appeared in videos and posts by six of the most popular German-speaking influencers on TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. Together, the efforts of these three men and three women reach and influence more than 35 million followers and subscribers in the 13 to 17 age group. This study showed that three-quarters of the foods and beverages presented were so high in fat, sugar, and/or salt that, according to World Health Organization (WHO, 2022) guidelines, they should not be marketed to children. The majority of these products were ultra-processed foods (~80%). This finding is consistent with other studies, showing that ultra-processed food producers aggressively market their products and interfere with implementating policies and regulations to improve public and planetary health (Swinburn BA et al., 2019, Barlow P et al., 2018).

These foods have undergone several industrial processing steps and contain many ingredients and additives. As a result, they often contain a high amount of fat, sugar, salt, artificial colors, flavors, and stabilizers and no longer provide the key properties of healthy foods. The artificial additives are intended to give food flavor or enhance it, make it last longer, and spice it up visually. Examples include carbonated soft drinks, confectionery, snacks, compounded meat products or fast food, ready meals, and more (Monteiro CA et al., 2019). Ultra-processed foods are prevalent in diets worldwide (Monteiro CA et al., 2013), and their increased consumption has been linked to several chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and cancer (Elizabeth L et al., 2020). In addition, ultra-processed foods have been identified as one of the most critical diet-related environmental footprints (Hadjikakou M, 2017), and are associated with negative impacts on water consumption (Garzillo JMF et al., 2022). Other evidence suggests that ultra-processed foods use a lot of energy and land in their preparation and contribute to plastic packaging, pollution, deforestation, and biodiversity loss, as described in a recent article in The Conversation (Anastasiou K et al., 2022).

Furthermore, I participated in the workshop organized by the MSCL for co-creating communication on planetary health related to food and food systems on March 28th 2022. I joined the group “Dietary Choices & Self-efficacy”  in this workshop to discuss and develop ideas for experiments and to form teams. I contributed to the team of Lorenz Bodner and Yannick Loyoddin (students from the Medical University of Vienna) with their experiment proposal “Planetary Plate – Recipes Good for You & Good for the Planet.” Additionally, I contributed to the team of Prof. Eva Rehfuess (LMU, Public Health and Health Services Research) with the proposal titled “Influencing Planetary Health Nutrition – harnessing the power of social media to change narratives,” which was successfully funded and supported by the MSCL. Following the MSCL’s mission and goals, experimenting with influencer engagement as a channel for science communication (Su LYF et al. 2022, Caspari G. 2022) will allow the testing of new, innovative communication strategies in the field of nutrition transformation for planetary health towards social change and a transformative society. The motivation of this experiment was to expand the current knowledge on communication strategies in the field of planetary health and public health and to create space for new and innovative concepts.

Q: What’s the connection between science communication and planetary health in your work area? How does your time at the MSCL follow from what you are already doing?

E.W.: As a Nutritional Scientist, I believe planetary health and nutrition are connected. Nutrition, and especially a change in diet, can be seen as a “wicked problem” (Freidberg S. 2016), as there is no (simple) solution for society as a whole to bring current eating habits into line with the “ideal” of planetary nutrition. This is due, among other things, to the complexity of established eating habits in society. The influences on our eating habits range from prenatal imprinting, nutritional education, cultural imprinting, and available budget to health status, interest in nutrition, time commitment, and indirect factors such as exposure to advertising and politics  influencing the food system. All of these factors play a role in implementating scientific findings from research into practice. Planetary Health Nutrition is a way of eating that protects both human health and the planet now and in the future. The 2019 report of the EAT-Lancet Commission, for example, shows what this diet can look like, describing this necessary societal shift in nutrition (Willet W et al., 2019). The core elements are a change in dietary habits towards a more plant-sourced and thus more climate-friendly diet, improving food production and reducing food waste. Starting from the population’s current level of general food consumption, the consumption of foods such as fruit, vegetables, and legumes would have to increase significantly. In contrast, the consuming foods such as meat, other animal products, and ultra-processed foods would have to decrease significantly (Willet W et al., 2019, DGE 2019).

The connection between science communication and planetary health is still missing in my work. As this is a multidisciplinary topic, I would like to involve science communication more in future projects. Therefore, my time at MSCL is to follow on from what I have done so far, as science communication and planetary health should also be closely linked.

Q: What questions about the topic drive you the most? Do you have any related current projects?

E.W.: There are many questions about the topic that drive me. Yet the most important for me is how we can reduce the production, aggressively marketing, and consumption of ultra-processed foods. It might be one way by which we could reduce our environmental footprint and improve our health. These products have no nutritional role in healthy diets and are unnecessary for human nutrition. This also means that the environmental resources we use to create ultra-processed products could be avoided or re-routed into food products necessary for healthy diets. So, reducing ultra-processed foods could provide a unique opportunity for improving the health of both people and the planet.

We will continue our work in digital food marketing, as most of these products are ultra-processed foods and are marketed heavily, especially to children and adolescents. So, we must crack down on social media and challenge the role of influencers in junk food marketing. There is an urgent need for government action and the involvement of civil society to tackle this public and planetary health issue. Spain has recently announced plans to ban influencers pushing unhealthy (mostly high-processed) food and drink to children. Still, most countries, have no restrictions on marketing these foods on websites, social media, or mobile applications. Governments must adopt a comprehensive approach, targeting multiple media channels to encourage our children to make healthy nutrition choices.