Thilo Körkel is Strategic Partnerships Manager for »Nature Research«, the publisher of the scientific journal »Nature«, and for the German popular science publisher »Spektrum der Wissenschaft«. Both are business areas of the international academic publisher »Springer Nature«, owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group in Stuttgart, Germany. Thilos core concern is to support scientific institutions, foundations, universities and companies in the fields of science and science communication by tailoring the service portfolio of »Springer Nature« to their needs.
After having obtained his diploma in physics at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), he joined an advisory company in the field of investment banking as a consultant. Four years later Thilo made his way into the media. As an editor of physics and astronomy at »Spektrum der Wissenschaft« for eight years he got thorough insights into many developments at the frontiers of science. In parallel he initiated and operated an innovative science video portal for »Spektrum.de« (»SciViews« on www.Spektrum.de/video), which journalistically curates video content from the web while also providing visibility and reach for the videos of major scientific institutions.
In these years Thilos passion for the intersection between science and science film and video developed. He co-edited an e-book about »Web Video Science« (https://books.apple.com/de/book/id1103279771), with support of the Robert Bosch Foundation, and developed the video portal into an editorially and financially successful part of the »Spektrum« portfolio. As speaker of a group of experts including commissioning editors of public broadcasters, festival producers and YouTube professionals, he helped preparing the establishment of the international film festival »Silbersalz« (www.silbersalz-festival.com), which is funded by Robert Bosch Foundation and will take place for the third time in 2020.
In cooperation with the German scientific news service Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (www.idw-online.de) and the open access video journal Latest Thinking (www.lt.org) Thilo is currently conceiving a »standard« for science news videos, which will allow institutions to produce and distribute videos routinely, at predictable costs, in predictable quality, and with predictable impact.
He is also a member of the board of the European Academy of Science Film (www.eurasf.org), the umbrella organization of European science film festivals, and co-editor of the »Science & Video« newsletter (https://www.spektrum.de/newsletter/science_and_video/) for institutional science communicators.