© Dr. Roda Niebergall

International Münster Summer School in Biology 2017 - Science and Society

Summary:
While scientists are generally well trained to communicate their research to other scientists, they are often only little prepared for the dialog with the nonscientific community. However, science does not take place in a vacuum. Scientific findings have an impact on peoples´ lives, suggesting that they should be made aware of new scientific advantages. Furthermore, politicians, who generally have no scientific background, play a role in many decision-making processes concerning the research undertaken at universities. Thus, more and more scientists see it as their responsibility to promote public awareness and understanding of science while also engaging in the dialog with policy makers. The “International Münster Summer School in Biology 2017 – Science and Society” aimed at training the participants for this mission. While each student was working for four weeks on a research project, they spent one day a week focusing on how to communicate their findings to non-experts. This time, we welcomed three speakers to the summer school: Dr. Michela Bertero, Head of International and Scientific Affairs at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona and member of the European Open Science Policy Platform, as well as Dr. Christina Heimken and Johannes Sträßer from the press office at the University of Münster. This year, our participants were from Russia, Malaysia, Italy, India, USA, Mexico and Germany.

Detailed program

Project leader:
Dr. Roda Niebergall (roda.niebergall@uni-muenster.de)

Particpating research groups:
Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer (Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity)
Prof. Dr. Iris Finkemeier (Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology)
Prof. Dr. Michael Hippler (Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology)
Prof. Dr. Eva Liebau (Institute of Animal Physiology)
Prof. Dr. Bruno Moerschbacher (Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology)
Prof. Dr. Wolf-Michael Weber (Institute of Animal Physiology)

Testimonies from the participants
"Thank you again for arranging this summer school and selecting me to be a part of it. It has been a truly great experience that I will never forget."
"It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to delve deeper into science and society whilst connecting with like-minded people within the field."
"All in all, it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had!"

The International Münster Summer School in Biology 2017 was supported by the University of Münster through the fund for internationalization.