Conference Climate (Change) Communication in Ilmenau
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Anita Engels
We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Anita Engels will give the keynote at our conference. As a sociologist, she has over 20 years of experience in the field of climate (change) research. Currently she teaches sociology with a focus on globalization, environment and society at the University of Hamburg. Anita Engels is an acknowledged expert in sociological climate science. However, she was also among the first scientists in Germany who conducted studies in the field of climate change communication. With her expertise and broad experience, she will stimulate the discussion at the conference. Frequent appearances in the media (e.g. as interviewee in newspapers and podcasts) further stresses the relevance of her research for our society.
Some of Prof. Engels‘ most recent publications:
– Eve Chiapello, Anita Engels 2021: The fabrication of environmental intangibles as a questionable response to environmental problems. Journal of Cultural Economy, 6/4, 1-16.
– Stammer, Detlef; Anita Engels; Jochem Marotzke; Eduardo Gresse; Christopher Hedemann; Jan Petzold (eds.); 2021. Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook 2021. Assessing the plausibility of deep decarbonization by 2050. Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS). Hamburg, Germany.
– Engels, Anita 2021: Environment. Special Issue Soziologische Revue Soziologie – Sociology in the German-Speaking World, Eds. B. Hollstein et. al., De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 67-82.
Transforming Climate Journalism and Society:
Initiatives in Practical Journalism
Committed climate journalists are getting angry. The long-standing underrepresentation of the climate crisis topic in the media and the solely incident-focused approach of reporting (UN-summit, extreme weather, reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) instead of an integrated one increasingly leads to discontent also among journalists. New approaches (e.g., “transformative” or “constructive” journalism) attempt to reach a journalism that is committed to being ecological in various ways. This journalism is trying to live up to the challenges global ecological crisis pose in unconventional ways. We want to present and discuss three very different initiatives in this practitioner panel:
Netzwerk Klimajournalismus Deutschland – Sara Schurmann
Sara Schurmann is a freelance journalist and wrote an open letter to her German colleagues in journalism, demanding a different way of reporting of climate topics. Initially, the letter was supported by 50 addressers. Afterwards, more than 200 joined. Together with fellow campaigners she is constructing the Netzwerk Klimajournalismus Deutschland. Currently she provides advice regarding climate reporting for the SWR.
Perspective Daily – Maren Urner
Maren Urner is a neuroscientist. She aims at a constructive reporting of the climate crisis, at a discussion of different solution approaches and at stimulating agency. Therefore, she founded the first ad-free online magazine for constructive journalism (Perspective Daily). Meanwhile, she is professor for media psychology at the university for media, communication, and economy (Cologne).
KLIMA° vor acht e.V. – Friederike Mayer
Friederike Mayer is a journalist and founding member of KLIMA° vor acht e.V. Since over a year KLIMA° vor acht advocates for better climate reporting on TV: The initiative demands for a short daily, science-based TV program concerning the climate crisis which should be aired during primetime on the public service broadcasting TV channels – for example shortly before the “Tagesschau” (News) in the ARD. For this purpose, KLIMA° vor acht produced a series of six exemplary episodes. So far, conversations with the ARD did not come to any solution. However, the private TV channel RTL partly implemented the concept.
Michael Brüggemann, professor for communication science, climate and science communication at the university of Hamburg will introduce and moderate the panel.