A european conference

2020 will go down in the annals as the year of the Corona pandemic – and thus also the year in which it became abundantly clear just how important science journalism is in ensuring that the worldwide public is provided with reliable information. At the same time, the pandemic is exacerbating what was already a precarious economic situation for many media companies. The question as to how we can continue to ensure access to high-quality science journalism for a broadly-based public eager for guidance is still unanswered.

Against this backdrop, the European conference ‘Science Journalism in the Digital Age’ (SciCon) wants to focus attention on the future of science journalism:

  • What self-image can guide quality science journalism in the digital age?
  • What approaches and partnerships, what business models can lead science journalism into the future?
  • How can states, foundations and private sector players shape this process of transformation?


The SciCon programme comprises two strands: since October 2020 and until April 2021, online lectures are being held. International media experts discuss possible options for the future of quality journalism. All lectures are streamed live, recorded, transcribed and available on the SciCon website. We are thus creating a knowledge reservoir addressing the main challenges science journalism will have to face in the future.

Matt Rogerson, Martin Jönsson: On the future of newspapers and publishers
(21 April 2021

You will find all other videos and transcripts of the SciCon lecture series here.

A SciCon working conference will take place on 12 May 2021 in Freiburg where we will discuss what should be done in practical terms to create robust structures for tomorrow’s science journalism in Germany together with journalists, representatives of media companies, foundations, policy makers and scientists.


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