Hack Days, Citizen Panels and Co-operating with Cities for Public Engagement

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Markus Weißkopf (Germany)

Markus Weißkopf is Executive Director at Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD) where he has been since January 2012. WiD is an initiative of several leading German science research organizations to bring together science and society and encourage dialogue between them. Markus studied politics and management in Konstanz (Germany) and Madrid (Spain). After starting his career as a consultant, he established the “Haus der Wissenschaft” (House of Science) in Braunschweig (Germany) and became its Executive Director shortly after. With WiD he organizes dialogue events on controversial topics of research, runs exhibitions and competitions, and develops new formats for science communication.



In this session, Marcus will discuss how can science communicators can cooperate with local authorities in a meaningful way for mutual benefit.

He will outline events he has organized in cooperation with cities in Germany, ranging from Hack Days on urban development to dialogue events on controversial (scientific) topics, and will answer key questions such as.. How do you find the right partners? How can you really engage with a diverse group of citizens and not just reach the “usual suspects”? How can you build a sustainable partnership with cities? The session will involve group work and discussion.