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MSCL Presentation Video

An introductory video on the MSCL’s topic area, goals, planned processes, and participants.

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This video was produced by MediaSchool Bayern for the Munich Science Communication Lab.

Science communication is currently facing the challenge of explaining the complex links between climate change and human health and pointing out options for action. Global challenges such as pandemics or climate change are proving that scientific research, societal changes, individual choices and political actions are tightly entangled. In no field is this so evident as in the emerging field of planetary health.


This videos introduces the Munich Science Communication Lab (MSCL), located at LMU Munich, which is taking on this challenge and addressing burning issues in the field of planetary health. The MSCL is based on a partnership between science communication academics, practitioners and subject-matter researchers.

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2021 MSCL Symposium – Communicating Planetary Health

The 2021 MSCL Symposium happened virtually on July 29th, 2021.

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2021 MSCL Symposium – Trailer

Planetary Health as a Wicked Problem for Science Communication

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Sara Davis – Reflecting on the role of public communication in an age of wicked problems.

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Sam Myers: Planetary Health: The Science and the Story

Session 1 with keynotes and discussion moderated by Michael John Gorman (BIOTOPIA / LMU Munich).

  • Sarah Davies, Professor of Technosciences, Materiality, & Digital Cultures at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna.
  • Sam Myers, Principal Research Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance.

Planetary Health in the Media: Chances and Risks of a New Approach

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Session 2: Conversation moderated by Bernhard Goodwin (LMU Munich / Mediaschool Bayern) with:

  • Philipp Dettmer, Information Designer, Kurzgesagt.
  • Henriette Löwisch, School Director of the Deutsche Journalistenschule DJS.
  • Astrid Viciano, Editor of Medien-Doktor Gesundheit, medical reporter.

Closing Discussion

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Moderation: Christof Mauch, Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society, LMU Munich.

  • Julia Pongratz, Chair of Physical Geography and Land Use Systems, LMU Munich.
  • Constanze Rossmann, Professor of Communication Science, University of Erfurt.
  • Helmuth Trischler, Professor of Modern History and the History of Technology at LMU Munich, Head of Research at Deutsches Museum.
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Communicating Planetary Health Workshop

Virtual Workshop on February 25 2021 with the goal to be a first milestone for the Lab.

Summary

Planetary health is an incredibly important, large and complicated issue. This means, there needs to be a vision, collaboration, and creativity. Or to put it in terms of the planetary health community, there is a knowledge challenge, an implementation challenge, and an imagination challenge before us.

With the Munich Science Communication Lab, we want to be part of this transdisciplinary community because we think that communication plays a threefold important role in the processes at hand. First, communication is important for us in interacting with the public we serve – to get the message out. Secondly, communication is also important to get the message in, to understand how the public perceives our facts, visions, and solutions. Thirdly communication is important for us as a field, to understand ourselves and each other. Defining what we are and agreeing on a common language, while keeping our diversity and openness.

The workshop created a shared vision of how to do this.