The Kick-off meeting of the SPP took place in Münster on the 23rd and 24th of July, 2009.

The first working conference of the SPP in 2010 took place in Munich (February, 24-26, 2010) at the  Deutsches Museum. Invited keynote speakers were:

  • Prof. Dana Zeidler, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA: Epistemological Understanding of Socioscientific Issues: Dissonance, Conflict and Ethical Discourse
  • Dr. Martin Storksdieck, National Academies of Sciences, Washington, USA: The six strands of scientific proficiency framework and the public’s understanding of science
  • Dr. Peter M. Steiner, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Generalverwaltung, München: Science Communication on a New Path? “Science Express”

A workshop on “trust in scientific knowledge” was held in Hamburg (June, 11, 2010).

A workshop focusing on “Comprehending multiple documents on the Internet. The road to public engagement with science in the 21st century” took place in Münster (October, 27-29, 2010).

The Autumn School of the doctoral students of the SPP was held in Landau (November 16-17, 2010).

A second working conference took place in Landau (November, 17-19, 2010).

The workshop “Reprosoz- Reproductive medicine from a social science view” was held in Trier (December, 3, 2010).

The workshop “Eyetracking in psychological research on text- and speech comprehension” held by Johanna Kaakinen (University of Turku) took place in Kassel (February 22-24, 2011).

The workshop “Science Learning in Informal Settings: The Set-up of Fragile, Critical Science Issues and its Effects on Recipients”  was held in Tübingen (March 10-11, 2011).  Invited guests were:

  • Andrea Badelli, Science Communication Advisor, Amsterdam
  • Morgan Meyer, Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines-ParisTech
  • Gil G. Noam, Founder and Director of “Pear”, Harvard University, Boston
  • Patrick Regan, Science Journalist, International Public Relations, TU Munich

The conference “Public Understanding and Public Engagement with Science“, which is mutually funded by DFG and NSF,  took place in New York City, June 28th to July 1st. Members of the SPP and invited US-guests participated.


The kick-off meeting for the second period took place in Münster, October 6th and 7th 2011.

The workshop “Is a public understanding of  abstract physics concepts feasible? Aspects of the nature of matter and the strong force investigated at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN” was held in Geneva, Switzerland, 29 February – 02 March, 2012.

From the 22-23 May, 2012 the Doctoral School for this funding period took place in Kassel. Invited keynote speaker was Nick Allum, University of Essex.

The workshop “Comprehension and validation of information – two separate stages of information processing?“ took place in Kassel, 23-25 May, 2012. Invited speakers were:

  • Anne Britt (Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, USA)
  • Lucia Mason (Universität Padua, Italien)
  • David Rapp (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Murray Singer (University of Manitoba, Kanada)

A second working conference of the SPP took place in Frankfurt (Main) 03-05 October, 2012.

 The Workshop „Communication about scientific uncertainty in environmental research” was held in Annweiler/Pfalz, 22 October, 2012. Invited speakers were:

  • John Besley, Michigan State University, USA
  • Claudia Som, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
  • Petra Thorbrietz, science journalist, Germany.
    >Additional guests of a panel discussion were:
  • Christiane Götz-Sobel (science journalist, ZDF, Mainz)
  • Thomas-Benjamin Seiler (RWTH Aachen)
  • Hans-Peter Peters (moderator; Forschungszentrum Jülich).
The Workshop “The Internet as a source of science information – Modeling processes of information selection” took place in Mülheim/Ruhr, 08-09 November, 2012. Invited speakers were:
  • Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick (Ohio State University)
  • S. Shyam Sundar (Penn State University)
  • Joseph B. Walther (Michigan State University)

The Kick-off meeting for the third period took place in Münster on October 1st and 2nd, 2013.

The workshop “Multiple Document Literacy: Situating the Comprehension of Multiple Documents in General Models of Reading Competence” took place in Münster, 23-25 October, 2013.

The third doctor school took place on the 15th and 16th of May in Marburg. Invited speakers included: Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol) und Tom Postmes (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).


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