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Here you can find a handout with the most important technical details for participation.


The detailed program for the conference can be downloaded here.

Thursday, 10.02.2022

8.45-9.00 (English)
Welcoming note from organizing committee and division chairs

9.00-9.45 (English)
Anita Engels (Keynote): Challenges of Climate (Science) Communication

15min Break

10.00-11.15 (English)

1. Systematic literature review (Chair: Jens Wolling)
Lars Guenther, Susan Jörges, Daniela Mahl & Michael Brüggemann:
Framing Climate Change: A Systematic Review Based on 25 Years of Literature
2. FFF as local actor and global network
Anna Soßdorf & Viktor Burgi:
“Listen to the science!” – The strategic use of scientific evidence by Fridays for Future activists
Stephan Schlögl:
Fridays for Future and the Transnationalization of the Public Sphere. A geography of communication on Twitter

30min Break

11.45-12.35 (English)

Doubts about climate change: Mistrust and disinformation (Chair: Dorothee Arlt)
Denise Voci & Matthias Karmasin:
Sustainability Communication and Scientific Mistrust: Challenges and Coping Strategies
Monika Taddicken & Laura Wolff: [Cancelled due to illness]
Looking for online information on climate change ‘fake news’: Assessing the user’s search and selection behavior and how this is affected by user characteristics

70min Lunch break

13.45-14.35 (German)

Inhaltsanalysen der Berichterstattung zum Klimawandel (Chair: Dorothee Arlt)
Hannah Schmid-Petri & Viola Korpowski:
Die Darstellung Greta Thunbergs in der deutschen Printberichterstattung – Eine quantitative Inhaltsanalyse
Annika Keute:
„Who talks about Climate Change“? Eine Analyse der Interviews mit Klimawandel-Bezug in FAZ und SZ aus den Jahren 2005 bis 2021

25min Break

15.00-16.15 (German)

Milieus und Bevölkerungssegmente (Chair: Christoph Kuhlmann)
Kira Klinger, Julia Metag & Mike S. Schäfer:
Global Warming’s Five Germanys Reloaded: Segmentierung der deutschen Bevölkerung im Kontext internationaler Forschung
Olaf Jandura & Julia Spatz:
Milieuspezifische Perspektiven auf die Klima(wandel)kommunikation
Sophia Schaller, Dorothee Arlt, Jens Wolling, Natalia Sultanova, Christina Schumann & Marius Becker:
Ein verzwicktes Problem. Die Energiewende aus Sicht der Bevölkerung und die Folgen für den Kampf gegen den Klimawandel

15min Break

16.30-17.20 (German)

Wissenschaft trifft Bürgerschaft (Chair: Marius Becker)
Michael Bender, Noah Bubenhofer & Nina Janich:
Empathie und Erwartungen in der Wissenschaftskommunikation zum Klimawandel
Jörg Dinkelaker & Maria Stimm:
Konstellationen und Dynamiken der Übersetzung von Klimawissen

10min Break

17.30-18.15 (German)


45min Break

From 19.00

Climate Talk

Friday, 11.02.2022

9.00-10.15 (English)

Climate Change from the Perspective of the Global South (Chair: Christina Schumann)
Imad El-Anis & Marianna Poberezhskaya:
Jordan’s Climate Change Official Discourse: communicating local vulnerabilities within political restrictions
Mira Rochyadi-Reetz:
Between Induction and Adaptation: A Frame Building Analysis on Climate Change in Indonesia.
Anne Reif, Justin T. Schröder, Lars Guenther, Monika Taddicken & Peter Weingart:
Same but different? Comparing interest in climate change and COVID-19 among segments of trust in science in South Africa

15min Break

10.30-11.20 (English)

Coping with climate change: Media use and support of solutions (Chair: Priscila Berger)
Ekaterina Bogdanovich, Lars Guenther, Markus Reichstein, Dorothea Frank, Georg Ruhrmann, Jasper Denissen & Rene Orth:
Characterizing heat waves in Germany from a societal impact perspective using Google trends time series 2010-2019
Christina Schumann, Marius Becker, Jens Wolling, Dorothee Arlt, Sophia Schaller & Natalia Sultanova:
Through the eyes of the citizens. Explaining civic acceptance of governmental climate protection measures

25min Break

11.45-12.35 (German)

Wirkung von sozialen Normappellen: Experimentelle Studien I (Chair: Christoph Kuhlmann)
Anna Schorn, Werner Wirth, Talita Bernasconi, Florian Christen, Tim Hofer & Alexander Schildknecht:
Zur Wirkung von sozialen Normappellen und Argumentationsweisen auf die Bereitschaft zur CO2-Kompensation
Anna Schorn, Werner Wirth, Irena Igic, Silvana Schläpfer, Alessia Togni & Züger Vanessa:
Zur Wirkung von sozialen Normappellen und dem Einsatz von Exemplaren auf die Bereitschaft zur CO2-Kompensation

70min Lunch break

13.45-14.45 (German)

Den Klimajournalismus und die Gesellschaft transformieren: Initiativen aus der journalistischen Praxis

Sara Schurmann: Netzwerk Klimajournalismus Deutschland
Maren Urner: Perspective Daily
Friederike Mayer: KLIMA° vor acht e.V.
Michael Brüggemann (Moderation)

15min Break

15.00-15.50 (German)

Klimawandel effektiv kommunizieren: Experimentelle Studien II (Chair: Jens Wolling)
Tanja Habermeyer, Janine Blessing, Helena Bilandzic & Julian Reinichs:
Wertrelevantes Framing und Gain-Loss Framing der Konsequenzen umweltrelevanter Verhaltensweisen in journalistischer Berichterstattung
Marcus Maurer, Olaf Jandura & Gerhard Vowe:
Wie wir ohne Panik aus dem brennenden Haus kommen. Konstruktiver Klimajournalismus mindert Angst und Resignation

From 15.50

Closing note by organizing committee followed by winter impressions from 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.

Practitioner Panel

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.

Call for Papers

Climate (change) communication is present in a variety of different media, in numerous forms, and includes various actors. Thus, it is necessary to analyze the entire communication process, starting with scientific expert communication and ending with recipients’ reactions to it.

Communication about climate (change) can be analyzed in different social contexts and from generally all perspectives. Against this backdrop, science communication takes on the role of a meta-discipline, as it focuses on citizen discourses, knowledge, opinions, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as on the contents and consequences of political, journalistic, economic, and scientific debates.

This conference strives to reflect the full diversity of climate (change) communication and its scientific analysis. As such, we appreciate contributions from various angles that address the topic. International submissions are highly welcome, and we explicitly invite scientists from Global South countries to submit their work to the conference.

  • Hybrid format: attendance and presentations in person or digitally (real-time presentations)

  • Conference contributions can be submitted and presented in German and English

  • Submission of conference contributions (extended abstracts, max. 8000 characters incl. spaces and references) by October 15, 2021, in PDF format, to:


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Ilmenau is in Central Germany on the north border of the Thuringian Forest. Thanks to the Goethe hiking trail and the famous Rennsteig hiking trail, Ilmenau is a popular travel destination for tourists. In winter, Ilmenau offers good possibilities for cross-country skiing and other winter sports such as ice-skating and ice stock sport.

Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau)

Founded in 1894, the TU Ilmenau has a history of 115 years. It was established as a Technical College in 1963 and in 1992 as a Technical University. With about 6,000 students, the university has great significance for the 26,000-resident city. Scientists from various disciplines at TU Ilmenau have been working intensively in the field of energy research for years in order to answer the multitude of still unanswered questions regarding the energy transition, which is necessary to fight climate change. An inside in the topic related research of the university is provided here: Research of TU Ilmenau and more specifically of the research group EMPK hosting the conference here: Research of the EMPK

Institute of Media and Communication Science

Since the Institute of Media and Communication Science (IfMK) was established in 1996, Ilmenau also accommodates a socio-scientific institute that offers the study courses Applied Media and Communication Science (BA) and Media and Communication Science (MA). It is one of Germany’s largest academic institutes for communication science. A special characteristic of research and teaching is the strong interdisciplinary orientation of the institute that includes technical and economic contents in the socio-scientific curriculum.

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Travelling & Accommodation

… by train

Ilmenau can easily be reached by train via Erfurt. The train ride from Erfurt to Ilmenau takes about an hour. Erfurt can be reached from Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin in around two hours. If travelling via Saalfeld, you can already change trains in Arnstadt. Travellers from Schweinfurt change trains in Plaue.

… by airplane

Ilmenau is situated in the centre of Germany. The international airports of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich or Leipzig can be reached in an acceptable time.

… by car

Ilmenau is easily accessible by car. The Autobahn A71 connects Ilmenau with Erfurt (and the Autobahn A4) in the north and with Würzburg and Nürnberg (via the Autobahn A73) in the south. The TU Ilmenau is signposted from the Autobahn exit Ilmenau-Ost.



Berg und Spa Hotel Gabelbach
Am Gabelbach 1
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +49 3677 86 00

MARA Hotel
Krohnestraße 5
98693 Ilmenau
+49 36 77 / 46 80 390

Hotel Sonne
Am Markt 2
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +49 3677 46 58 38

Hotel Tanne
Lindenstraße 38
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +49 3677 65 90

Hotel garni am Kirchplatz
Fachgraben 6
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +49 3677 2 08 16 66

Pension Schmidt / City-Pension Morgentau in Ilmenau
Zwetschenberg 3
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +49 3677 89 32 45

Pension Melanie
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +49 3677 67 01 45

Youth hostel
Jugendherberge Ilmenau
Am Stollen 49
98693 Ilmenau
Tel.: +49 3677 88 46 81


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