Science Film Theory & Practice 2019 - 2021

corresponding Keynotes: Silbersalz Science & Media 2020 % wissensmedien 2021

A scientist, filmmaker, activist - and ELIZA discuss about utopian scenarios and societal challenges for knowledge communication." Audiovisueller Beitrag für die Jubiläumsveranstaltung "Digitalität & Wissen: Verantwortung aus der Zukunft" des Leibniz-Instituts für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen

12/20 Notes on 'Unspoken Truths - Science, Film & Realities'

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.


As the second wave of Corona hit Switzerland right before the conference, I wasn't able to travel to Halle. Quickly, I decided to rewrite my original planned keynote presentation into a video-based format. As video offers quite a broader spectrum of narration formats for a keynote presentations, I decided to create a trialogue between the scientist, filmmaker and activist. These three (fluid) identities are naturally a part of my work and life, so it was obvious to distingish them into different point of views and create a critical discourse on the current bottleneck of Trust in Science, Film by Society. The script was the draft for the production, and it's not verbatim of the video version as I had to improvise the speech (I didn't know the text by hearth) due the limited time of production. Several persons have asked me already, how long it took me to produce this video at home. Script and more, see here...

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…"

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 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.

ETh/UZH didactica teachings

In our didactica-program, I gave a short Weiterbildung on "Audiovisual storytelling" to an interdisciplinary group of scientists and educators from ETH and UZH. slides 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.

01/20 Sciences - Arts, Theorie & Praxis, Wissenschaftlich-filmisch

Impulsvortrag an der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Luzern zum Thema einer Verbindung von Theorie und Praxis in der gestalterischen-wissenschaftlichen Lehre

Präsentation hier

11/19 Geneva Peace Week: Research Documentary premiere

10/19 Keynote: ein Fenster in die Welt des Lehrenden

Keynote at "Tag der Lehre", Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Here the presentation

10/19 Video design; Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung

06/19 Production SCNAT Trailer on Sustainability

04/19 trans-disciplinary tool design session

Design Session for the video production of the transdisciplinary tool "Three Types of Knowledge", a project with the and tdlab ETH Zurich.

03/19 Shaping The future of AI, opening speech

What audiovisual data bias do we have in todays AI stories? How can we gain transparency and trust at the borderline between bot and human? We strongly need storytelling for a positive future with „Extended Intelligence“. Fintech Hackathon Zurich

02/19 Scientists meet Filmmakers

Being a mentor at the Science Film Hackathon in Basel was a blast. Looking forward to the Zurich event!

01/19 editing editing editing

Around 25 terabytes of film material in the editing process. The research documentary is taking shape.

01/19 Thought-provoking statements on videos

A new collection of some critical statements on videos in higher education. The expert interviews were conducted as part of an earlier research project: "Media Design for Videos in Higher Education".

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.

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.

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.

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

11/19 Immersion, Simulation, Exploration: VR-360 für ein forschendes Lernen

360-Videos in Virtual Reality (VR-360) bietet einen neuen Zugang für investigative Explorationen, der neue Welten für forschendes Lernen eröffnen kann.

VR-360 basiert medial betrachtet auf audio- und visuellen Daten, welche je nach technologischen und ästhetischen Entscheidungen eine veränderte "Realität" darstellen und Einfluss auf die Immersionserfahrung einnehmen kann.

Die damit einhergehenden audiovisuellen, medialen Transformationsprozesse resultieren in einem veränderten Prozess des forschenden Lernens. Um dabei wissenschaftliche Validität zu erhalten, müssen diese jedoch kritisch reflektiert werden. Diese mediale Reflexion benötigt Skills, welche in einer multidisziplinären Umgebung erlernt werden müssen. Da audiovisuell-mediale Fertigkeiten sich fundamental von den üblichen akademischen Methoden des Umgangs mit Text unterscheiden, ist für diesen Prozess ein Co-Design mit Mediendesignern und Boundary Spanners unabdingbar.

@Campus Innovation Hamburg, November 2019 > Videoaufzeichnung des Vortrages

Research Documentary 'Inequality and Conflict'

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

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Published in the "Media & Learning News"; March Edition.

On the face side of the coin, there is the speaker. The Roman rhetorician Marcus Fabius Quintilian stated around 50 B.C.: "It is often the case that the same language is free in one speaker, foolish in another, and arrogant in a third." As ancient this quotation is, it still resonates today and becomes almost comically obvious when watching certain videos of educators, performing as Talking Head. [...]

08/19 From Leiden University to ETH Zurich

New perspective: Change of my university affiliation from the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University, The Hague Netherlands to the Educational Development and Technology of ETH Zurich.

06/19 Difference as a resource for Peace, SDGs

06/19 Pre-screening SDC Network, Geneva

Towards aiming to bridge the difficult gap between research and policy makers: "audiovisual data" - such as film can be - a boundary object, to not only translate research into another language, but also a further step into new ways of collaboration between science, film and policy makers. Preliminary film screening of "Inequality and Conflict" in Geneva with SDC experts from all over the world. The purpose was to get feedback for the final version of the docfilm.

04/19 sustainable chocolate ghana, VR-360 Experiment

Do we value fairtrade chocolate more through Virtual Reality experiences? Planned experiment with VR-360 videos on consumer behaviour, with the University Osnabrück forthcoming.

03/19 Gender as a resource for Peace, Research for SDGs

02/19 Keynote "Eine andere Sprache" response Tweet, Thanks!

My keynote on "Videos as another language" in Worms, Germany. We need to fundamentally change on how we reflect, think and produce videos in science and teaching. It's just a different language, and we need to understand how to work with it. > go to presentation slides

02/19 Keynote: Audiovisuelle Sprache

01/19 VR-360 REMOTE SENSING, Leiden University

Final micro script changes of the voice-over for our VR-360 experience about the method of "Remote Sensing". Co-Design project of the Centre for Innovation with Dr. Joris Timmermans, Institute of Environmental Studies, Leiden University. Our talented voice-over speaker is Assistant Professor Paul Behrens, Energy and Environmental Change.