Foto vom Sommerabend 2018
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Networking and exchange in a relaxed atmosphere

Once a year, Research Academy Ruhr invites all postdoctoral researchers of the three UA Ruhr universities to the Sommerabend (Summer Evening) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

What does the Sommerabend offer you?

The evening starts with a talk or a panel discussion with experts from science or industry on current and career-relevant topics. Afterwards, all participants are invited to exchange ideas and network.

Who can participate?

Postdoctoral researchers of all subject fields of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University Duisburg-Essen.

Language of the event is German or English.

Date: The next Sommerabend will take place on 28 June 2022, 17:00 h, at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Mensa building, room entrance level and Rote Bete.

Topic 2022: Science Communication, Social Media & Outreach Activities

Science Communication, Social Media & Outreach Activities: Why, How & Sharing Experiences for Postdocs

Tue, 28 June 2022, 17:00 h | Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Mensa building, room entrance level and Rote Bete

Communicating one's research via social media, podcasts, in videos, or other media is becoming increasingly important – and perhaps more interesting and self-evident – for many researchers. The various ways to communicate science open up new opportunities to engage with other researchers, non-expert audiences, or other stakeholders. Sharing research knowledge with a broader public or engaging in discussions outside of research also expands the possibilities to transfer research into society. These additional – and in parts still new – ways to bring research into science and society also open new ways of gaining visibility as researchers.

In a panel discussion with researchers of the UA Ruhr universities who actively bring their research to the public by using different media, you can discuss:

  • aims and motivations to engage in science communication, social media, or outreach activities
  • impact of science communication activities on own research and their contributions to individual research reputations and track records
  • different approaches of making research public, using social media, or sharing research with non-experts and experiences with different media
  • how to deal with time, resources, and conditions to make research public

You will have the opportunity to share experiences and to discuss your ideas and questions with Postdocs from the UA Ruhr universities and the experts and researchers on the panel.

Host and Panelists

The panel is hosted by the working group “Applied Science Communication of the Global Young Faculty. Based on the growing awareness that science communication is a vital aspect of academic work, the working group investigates the effects and impacts of different formats on audiences. This allows scientists to make informed choices about a specific science communication format rather than practicing science communication primarily on the basis of their gut instinct.

The panel is moderated by Dr. Maximilian Krug, communication scientist at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Participants in the panel include

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Malte Elson, behavioral psychologist and assistant professor of Psychology of Human Technology Interaction at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, co-blogger at the meta science blog “The 100% CI”, engaging in science communication on Twitter (@maltoesermalte, @the100ci)
  • Dr. Stéphane Kenmoe, theoretical physicist at the University of Duisburg-Essen, sciencepreneur, producing scientific movies for the African General Public, e.g., the series ‘’Science in the City’’ in Cameroon.
  • Dr. Véronique Sina, gender-media and Jewish cultural studies researcher, deputy professorship for "Media public sphere and media actors with particular emphasis on gender" at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, communicating her research in podcast interviews and on Twitter (@vesin9)
  • Dr. Sebastian Tacke, physicist, project group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, participated in the campaign #mymachineandme, engaging in science communication on Twitter (@TackeSebastian) and participatory formats (open day, Dortmund.Live)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marcella Woud, clinical psychologist at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, leading a subproject within the SFB 1280 "Extinction Learning", actively engaging in science communication on Twitter (@MarcellaWoud, @TRACE_RUB).

After the panel discussion, you are most welcome to stay for an informal get-together with finger food and drinks at the Rote Bete restaurant.


17:00 h

17:10–18:30 h
Panel discussion

from 18:30 h


Please register here by 17 June:


If you have any questions about the Sommerabend, please contact:

Dr. Ursula Justus
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
RUB Research School
FNO 01/142
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum
Tel.: +49 (0)234 32-28070