Science & Film The World of Audiovisual Research

06/21 digital skills with science videos

Intense last postproduction processes of a new ETH Zurich series on "Digital Skills" (german language). Many topics of the science videos are based on my previous Ph.D. work. The audiovisual publications of the thesis and more will be published soon.

05/21 AI-media lab Silbersalz

Had the immense pleasure to mentor a group of excellent AI and robot scientists to create some brainstorming innovative media ideas for science communication. Organized byCrossover Labs UK, as part of the upcoming Silbersalz Science & Media Festival 2021.

04/21 videos - visual power and affordances

Most scientific content is communicated in a text-based format, most evidently in peer-reviewed papers. Nowadays, many of those paper-publications are transferred into a video-based format in form of research docs, video-abstracts or teaching videos.

Most of those science videos are an "afterthought" of the research process and do not meet the epistemic potential of the medium. Video offers a lot of specific media characteristics, thus  adapting scientific content into a video-based format will indeterminally alter the content itself. There's a translation, transformation and a transfer when you produce science videos. Hence, science videos are not simply a copy of an already existing result, but the filmic processes and especially the media design interact with the scientific content.

03/21 transdisciplinary tool Emancypatory boundary critique

02/21 Sci-comm palaver

Der neue Podcast "Scicomm Palaver" der Wissenschafts Expertin Sabine Gysi. In der 1. Episode durfte ich meine Erfahrungen zu "Wissenschaft und Video" darlegen; u.a. warum Humor so wichtig ist, was wir von den griech./röm. Philosophen lernen können: höre Scicomm Palaver.

02/21 PandemicTalks: Video und Science Kommunikation

Prof. Andreas Heeber-Seegel und Prof. Marianna Baranovskaa der Hochschule Makromedia Hamburg führen im Kontext des Forschungsprojektes "SCoRe" Interviews mit unterschiedlichen Personen PandemicTalks. Ich hatte das Vergnügen mich mit ihnen über Videos und Wissenschaftskommunikation zu unterhalten. Videoproduktion by Prof. Marianna Baranovskaa.

12/20 Keynote Silbersalz Science & Media Conference

The current crisis of truth hits at a time when science clearly shows major threats to the web of life on earth. Audiovisual media is crucial in negotiating between science, false beliefs and the unknown.With its direct evocation of emotional reactions, videos can easily overpower written languages a mean of spreading what appears to be true. This talk looks at audiovisual technologies as a tool to mediate and explore ways of strengthening the bond of trust between science and public. How can we build trust through these experiences? More here...


A video-based exploration into the conflicting nature of scientists, filmmakers and activists. Video Keynote from the Silberfest Science and Media Conference & Festival, Halle 2020.

12/20 Productive Failure meets Game Art History

Our behavior in gaming is quite a paradox: Even though in life, we usually don’t like to feel incompetent nor are we happy to fail - when it comes to gaming, we seem to be okay with making an exception. Why is that? What role does failing play in our learning? What is productive failure? Check out the whole ETH series.

11/20 'Falling' a Dance & Film Movement Research Project

08/20 Understanding Misconceptions

ETH Zurich science educational video on misconceptions & feedback - 80ies style. Excerpt: "But be careful not to create a spatio-temporal feedback loop that annihilates the entire universe…"

Full-lenght Research Documentary 'Inequality and Conflict' is online!

Our full-lenght research documentary "Inequality and Conflict - beyond us and them" had the Premiere at the Geneva Peace Week, Cinemas du Grütli, Geneva, 4.11.2019. Access the research doc here

SCNAT Swiss Sustainability Research Initiative Trailer

This video presents the Sustainability Research Initiative (SRI) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The SRI aims at promoting research for sustainable development in Switzerland. It is realized in collaboration with our partner institutions at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Sustainability Research Initiative Swiss Academy of Sciences.

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Some of my personal favorite past science and media projects:

Research for the SDGs

Science video: Difference as a resource for peace, SDGs Agenda 2030
Science Video Gender as a resource for peace / SDGs Agenda 2030

Capturing Conflict - the Power of Images

Sometimes, pictures can change everything. We had just returned from our field productions in Guatemala and Nigeria with some of our local and Swiss research colleagues, where we tried to capture their research into social conflict on camera ...  continue reading ...

8 Science Concept Videos ETH Zurich

Threshold Concepts, Feedback, Learning Goals - Science Educational Videos ETH Zurich Innovation

Co-Design in Science Film

(D) Co-Design von Videos in der Wissenschaft impliziert eine interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit, im Idealfall nicht in einer nachträglichen Dokumentation, sondern eine anwendungsbezogene Vernetzung der wissenschaftlich-filmischen Praktiken ...


TEDX: How Robot Stories Shape Visions


The Diversity of Empathies

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