Work, Technology and Participation

Science communication project laboratory

project description

We bring students, research and the public together!

In our project laboratory Project-Sci.Com students share their knowledge with society - and receive credit points for it. As part of the course, they work in teams to implement projects with the aim of getting people excited about research.

In our seminar we impart the necessary basic knowledge in the field of science communication. Since many students develop prototypes for interactive structures, we offer practical workshops on digital manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing and laser cutting. All details about the course can be found in the module description.

The students experiment with a wide variety of formats for imparting knowledge, e.g.:

  • visual experiments

  • podcast

  • interactive installations

  • art projects

  • games

  • sites

Whether in schools, in museums or at festivals - the students decide where they want to show their project. They adapt the content, medium and style to their target group to enable a dialogue at eye level.

Excursions into unknown territory

We encourage participants to form interdisciplinary teams to consider different perspectives in their projects. Through the exchange with students from other areas, they become aware of the vocabulary and specialist knowledge that they cannot assume.

Together, the teams design projects to which everyone can contribute. We give the students insights into the current research of our cooperation partners, which serve as inspiration when choosing a topic:

  • Berlin Laboratory for innovative X-ray Technologies (BLiX), Technical University of Berlin

  • Working group New Materials, Humboldt University Berlin

  • Computing Education Research Group, Free University of Berlin

  • Work Studies/Technology and Participation (ARTE), Technical University of Berlin

  • BESSY II, Helmholtz Center Berlin

The researchers are also actively involved in science communication, be it through workshops, the supervision of student projects or in cooperation with artists.

With us, students try out the role of mediators between the university and the public. This can strengthen identification with one's own subject, but also encourages critical questioning. We want to ensure that the next generation of scientists thinks about society and e.g. uses participatory methods in their research.

Out of the lab - into the fray

Through many years of preparatory work in the non-profit association Experimental Stage Project, we have contacts with various organizers who are interested in scientific contributions. In this way, we can help students to find a suitable event for the presentation of their work. These can be small conferences or large music festivals with tens of thousands of visitors. We also organize events ourselves, where students present their work and gain experience in event planning.

At the same time, we examine how the social relevance of the projects affects the motivation of the students. Since we not only impart knowledge, but also absorb impulses from society, we try to productively incorporate feedback from society into complex research work.


project team

Prof. Dr. Liudger Dienel

Dr. Robert Richter

Andrea Heilrath

Also: Tobias Schubert, Clara Rodríguez Roca-Sastre, Enya Blohm-Sievers, Lysanne Passek, Charlotte Maurer, Lena Kocutar, Victoria Martínez and Niklas Schneider.

Funded by:

Berlin University Alliance
Project duration until December 31, 2024

project partner

Prof. Birgit Kanngiesser and doctoral student Sebastian Praetz (Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics) as well as Prof. Liudger Dienel (Department of Work Studies/Technology and Participation) belong to the project management on the part of the Technical University of Berlin.

Prof. Saskia Fischer (Institute for Physics, New Materials) and Prof. Jan Lüning are involved in the project management on the part of the Humboldt University in Berlin, the latter is scientific director at the Helmholtz Center Berlin (HZB).

Project management on the part of the Freie Universität Berlin is taken over by Prof. Ralf Romeike, head of the Department of Didactics of Computer Science.

Room MAR


Project website:

Short presentation on YouTube:

Press Release:
"Studierende kommunizieren Wisenschaft"