Workshop – Communicating materials safety


Communicating current scientific research and research results to the public is always a challenge. With the topic of Advanced Materials Safety, we find ourselves at the interface of three fields at once:

  • the structures of the materials are usually extremely small and thus difficult to imagine for people outside the field
  • the effects of the materials can usually only be determined indirectly – measurable, but rarely directly visible
  • the perception of opportunities and, above all, of risks is very differently shaped individually.

The aim of the workshop is to present basic principles and communication formats relevant to the topic of Advanced Materials Safety in theory and in practice. The focus will be on the communication of opportunities and risks as well as the format of 360° videos. The makers of the DaNa platform will share their experiences from 14 years of communicating properties and potential risks of Advanced Materials. During the lunch break following the workshop, everyone is invited to try out selected communication activities from the Leibniz Research Alliance Advanced Materials Safety. A poster on the DaNa knowledge base will invite further discussion during the poster session and after the workshop.

At the conference

Date & time
9 November 2023

Communicating nanotechnology in museums
– insights from experience
Lorenz Kampschulte
Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany

DaNa4 – Facts on Advanced Materials for interested persons
Dana Kühnel
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany

Communication format 360° videos
Robin Wagner
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), Tübingen, Germany

About the moderator

Lorenz Kampschulte

Lorenz Kampschulte holds a PhD in nanoscience and worked for eight years as curator for nanotechnology at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. By communicating complex scientific and technical content via exhibitions and various events, he built up a broad portfolio of science communication tools. From 2012 to 2018, he conducted research at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, where he focuses on the communication of science content in out-of-school learning settings. In addition, he has been the scientific coordinator of the Kiel Science Outreach Campus. Since 2018, he is head of the Education Department at the Deutsches Museum, Munich.

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