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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/ .

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 – 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.

If you missed the event, you can still watch Ms. Kühner’s presentation here:

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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!

If you missed the event, you can still watch Prof. Rubner’s presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSeHlOyGa_o

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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.

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

If you missed the event, you can still watch Prof. Pongratz’s presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq_E1bERDu8

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MSCL Colloquium – Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz

We would like to invite you to our next MSCL Colloquium on July 26th 12:00.

Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz will speak about the Challenges in the Discourse about Carbon Capture and Storage: Improving Technological Mitigation without Risking Rebound Effects. With the Paris Agreement, many countries in the world have committed themselves to implementing methods of “Carbon Dioxide Removal”. Prof. Dr. Pongratz will discuss the opportunities and risks associated with this emerging field of climate science and policy.

Prof. Pongratz is a professor and chair in the Department of Physical Geography and Land Use Systems department at LMU and the Director of the Department of Geography at LMU.

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 here.

If you missed the event, you can still watch Prof. Pongratz’s presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DaIVsOoyIY

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MSCL Colloquium – Prof. Dr. Dominique Brossard

We would like to invite you to our next MSCL Colloquium on July 12th at 16:00.

Prof. Dr. Dominique Brossard will lead a discussion on her paper “Science Communication During Covid-19: When Theory Meets Practice, and Best Practices Meet Reality”. Prof. Brossard is a professor and chair in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the UW-Madison Robert & Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW-Madison Center for Global Studies, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. This will be a virtual event in English. Please register here in advance.

To stay updated on the MSCL activities, subscribe to our email list here: https://www.mscl.de/mailing-list/ .

If you missed the event, you can still watch Prof. Brossard’s presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuXzvgb3oSI

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MSCL Colloquium – Dr. Kavoori

We would like to invite you to our next MSCL Colloquium on June 28th from 11:00 to 12:00.

Dr. Anandam Kavoori will speak on his current paper “Towards a Successful Science/ Environmental Communication Pedagogy”. In this paper, Dr. Kavoori will discuss problems and prospects in teaching science / environmental storytelling and literacy in the classroom over a ten-year period. He will draw on his experience teaching students in the United States and in several international settings, including Austria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, India, Ecuador, and Mexico. Dr. Kavoori is a Professor at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.

This discussion will be in English in a hybrid format – if you would like to attend in person, please email us at info@mscl.de. Otherwise, please register here in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the colloquium.

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MSCL Colloquium – Dr. Thassilo Franke

This June, we are kicking 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.

With this, we would like to invite you to the first talk of the series “Discussing Science: what works in which format to target whom. Is it possible to achieve the holy grail of science communication?” by Dr. Thassilo Franke, taking place virtually on June 21st, 2022 at 14:00.

Science is important, science arouses keen interest in society, and science should be communicated and discussed. The question is: how? What ingredients go into the soup that makes up good science communication? How long do I cook until even the hard-to-digest ingredients are digestible? How do I dose spices like humor, irony, and provocation? How do I adjust the ingredients to the tastes of the time – or is that even necessary? How do I give the soup my own distinctive flavor? How do I garnish it and to whom do I want to serve it? And – last but not least – how do I find out if everyone liked it?

Discuss these and other questions with Dr. Franke, Science Communicator at MSCL and Senior Researcher at BIOTOPIA – Natural History Museum of Bavaria.

We encourage you to participate and ask you to register in advance here. This session will be held in German.

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

To stay updated on the MSCL activities, subscribe to our email list here: https://www.mscl.de/mailing-list/ .

If you missed the event, you can still watch Dr. Franke’s presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2aomUOq12o

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FAQ – Call for Participation

Are you a researcher working on planetary health or engaging in science communication? Do you have something to say about food or food systems and how they relate to climate change, environmental protection, and human health? Then the Munich Science Communication Lab (MSCL) is your place to be. On March 28th, we will hold an in-person workshop in Munich where experts, practitioners, and researchers from science communication and planetary health will come together to develop ideas and form teams. The MSCL will help you develop new ideas for communicating planetary health by funding and supporting your project (= experiment) through our experience and network.

Join our workshop or apply directly for an experiment at the MSCL.

FAQs

Workshop:

  • What is going to happen during the workshop?

In the workshop, you will explore innovative ways of communicating about the interaction between human health and the planet’s health with a specific focus on food and food systems. You will meet many people you can form teams with and discuss and develop new ideas on how to communicate planetary health.

  • What is necessary to apply for the workshop?

You need to fill out this form until March 10, 2022, and tell us your motivation, expertise, and ideas at their current stage. Don’t worry if you can’t fill in all the fields yet – we are looking for a diverse group. You can also apply as a team.

  • When and where will the workshop take place?

The workshop will take place on March 28, 2022, at the University of Munich. It will be an in-person event starting at 3:30 PM local time. **

  • Who can apply for the workshop?

Anyone who has a good idea or is interested and motivated to develop an idea related to planetary health communication is welcome to apply for the workshop. It will be a bilingual workshop with input welcomed in English and German. You can already come as a team or as an individual.

  • What if I have a good idea, but I cannot join the workshop?

To apply for an experiment, it is not necessary to join the workshop. You can also directly apply for a funded experiment. **

  • How much does it cost to join the workshop?

The workshop is entirely free. However, travel expenses are not covered.

  • Is there a way to participate in the workshop virtually?

There isn’t a virtual workshop planned yet – the workshop on March 28th is a presence workshop held in Munich. If there is enough interest for a virtual brainstorm session, we will plan one shortly after. Please let us know if you can only meet virtually. Don’t forget that if you have a team and want to be in the process, you don’t have to participate in the workshop to propose an experiment. It is not a pre-requisite.

  • Will only people at the workshop be able to apply for an experiment?

We have two applications – one for attending the workshop and another for the experiment, which can be applied independently.

Experiments:

  • What is meant by an “experiment”?

An experiment can be a media product (e.g. a social media post, a radio show), an event, an exhibit, an installation, or any other communicating activity related to planetary health. **

  • When and where does the experiment need to take place?

You are entirely free in choosing the location. However, the period in which the experiment must take place is between April and August. **

  • How can the MSCL help me?

The MSCL can assist you in conducting the experiment. We have many social scientists and experts in the lab who can help you with questions and support you at any stage of your experiment.

  • Are the experiments funded?

Yes, the experiments are funded with a grant of up to €8,000 in direct costs per team.

  • What are the general requirements for an experiment?

First of all, you do not need to worry if you cannot fulfill all the requirements. We will help you and guide you through the different points. In the end, …

… the experiments should address at least one of the following issues: (1) Framing planetary health, (2) communicating wicked problems, (3) the Mutual Benefit Model of Science Communication. If you want to dig deeper into the topics, look into our call sheet.

… the content has to come from the field of planetary health with a particular focus on food and food systems. The experiments must be based on scientific facts backed by appropriate scientific experts.

… the experiments’ messages, message design, and communication tools must be theory- and evidence-based. That is why we will put a lot of effort into building teams with the appropriate knowledge.

… you should co-create the experiments with its desired stakeholders and have clear, measurable goals and outcomes. The co-creation process and the evaluation are part of the experiment. Data collection must be done scientifically and ethically.

… the experiment ideally includes some variation to evaluate different groups.

… the created knowledge should help to inform future research on the science communication areas described below. This also includes publishing the results of the evaluation. **

  • How do I apply for an experiment?

You must write a four-page proposal and hand it in until April 15, 2022, via mail: info@mscl.de. In the proposal, you need to (1) describe your experiment (including an evaluation plan), (2) justify how you are going to meet our requirements, and (3) plan the monetary and non-monetary resources needed: What do you bring to the table, where do you need the MSCL and its network?

  • I have more than one idea. Can I apply for more than one experiment?

Yes, you can apply for more than one experiment. **

  • I have only a little idea about how social sciences work. Can I still apply for an experiment?

Yes, you can. We will help you find a team partner and, besides that, assist you at every step of the process.

  • What happens after my experiment takes place?

Using social science methods (text/image analysis, participant interviews, observations, experimental designs), we will analyze your experiment and link it to other empirical findings from the research. Together, we will develop a timeline to coordinate the experiment, the study, and the evaluation.

  • Can these experiments take place in 2023?

We wouldn’t exclude this possibility, but it is advantageous if they can produce results this year. This way, we can go into the next round with the knowledge of the first round. The experiments shouldn’t be too extensive.

  • Is it possible to plan an experiment outside of Munich/Germany?

Yes, we welcome experiments taking place in other regions as well.

  • Are you offering support regarding the methodology and practices of data collection during and after the experiment?

Yes, we will try our best and we will share our resources. We do want every team to include an aspect of science communication research.

  • Regarding co-creation, where does co-creation take place if one comes to you with a topic or/and an idea? In the experiment with possible audiences? Or in the workshop/work with you?

Ideally, it takes place in both cases.

  • How do you see the cooperation/application of research institutions that are well funded themselves and/or have their own funds for outreach projects?

There is no problem there. Maybe you have an idea of what you want to implement with us and you don’t need funding, but you would like the space for reflection and the network.

  • How many experiments do you plan altogether?

It will depend on the scope of the experiments. If some require a lot of resources, we will plan less. If they are smaller, we will plan more.

  • Is it possible that one part of the experiment could feed into a master thesis at another University?

There should be no problem. However, there might be an issue with the thesis advisor if they have other ideas in mind and want the student to concentrate on other aspects.