The Kiel Science Outreach Campus is one of only seven Leibniz ScienceCampi in Germany to be newly approved in 2016. ScienceCampi are intended to promote cooperation between university and non-university research. They enable Leibniz institutions and universities to cooperate thematically in the sense of an equal, complementary, regional partnership. The networks conduct strategic research, promote interdisciplinarity in topics, projects and methods, make the respective location visible and strengthen its research profile. There are currently 19 such alliances nationwide.
The aim of the Leibniz ScienceCampus KiSOC is to investigate the conception and effect of different outreach activities. Thereby the focus of the studies is on the following:
- the requirements and effects of different communication formats
- the mediation of scientific content to various target groups
- the role of the communicators
- the development of a common framework model
KiSOC builds on the long-standing and close cooperation between Kiel University (CAU) and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). All four research focuses of the university are integrated into KiSOC on various levels.
- Kiel Life Science (KLS) with the cluster of excellence Inflammation at Interfaces
- Kiel Marine Science (KMS) with the cluster of excellence Future Ocean
- Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change (SECC) with the graduate school Human Development in Landscapes
- Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)
Already existing scientific outreach projects of the IPN are pooled in KiSOC. For example, the IPN is involved in various collaborative research centers (SFB) with subprojects developing research-based outreach activities.
The Collaborative Research Centre 677 "Function by Switching" investigates molecular machines in the field of nanosciences. In this context, chemistry, physics, material sciences, zoology and medicine work together across disciplines.
A subproject Public Relations and Education accompanies the research cluster from a didactic perspective. Thereby the focus is on the student laboratory klick! of the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt. The topics of the CRC are implemented in formats such as experiments, (pupil-curated) exhibitions, scientific podcasts, experimental lectures and workshops for teachers, students and pupils. The empirical study by Insa Stamer investigates the effect of videos in addition to hands-on experiments in the klick!:labor.
The Collaborative Research Center 1261 develops magnetoelectric sensors and optimizes them for medical applications, for example in neurology or cardiology. This requires intensive cooperation between materials scientists, electrical engineers, physicists and physicians.
As part of the Science Outreach Project led by the IPN, Carolin Enzingmüller is investigating science communication in the SFB. Based on the insights gained, measures will be developed for the junior researchers to promote the interdisciplinary exchange of information. In addition, the project staff will design and evaluate a school-based learning module and various exhibitions that will communicate CRC research to the outside world.
The overall objective of the Collaborative Research Centre 1182 is to understand why and how microbial communities build long-term connections to different host organisms. On the part of the IPN, a research project on science communication with a young target audience is connected. Scientists write texts that are reviewed by pupils in a target group review. The texts are then published in an own journal. In addition, the CRC' s research is taken up in supplementary formats such as animated films, science comics or further training for teachers.
The project "Model for inter-institutional services for knowledge and technology transfer in regional networks" focuses on the transfer of knowledge between heterogeneous research institutions. As part of the project, the IPN is developing a training module. The aim of this module is to support scientists in presenting their topics in a school-friendly way. The advanced training is designed as an online self-study course with individual attendance phases.
In the international research project TOBACO (University of Bergen, University of Gothenburg, British Antarctic Survey, LOCEAN-IPSL Paris and IPN) scientists are investigating which mechanisms control ocean currents in the Antarctic. The public relations subproject makes the measurement campaign on the test tank in France accessible to the general public. This is done through various online formats such as blogs or social media platforms. In addition, the different formats are evaluated and recommendations for future use are derived.