pearls-Prize for Science Communication 2018

The science blog "Essays from the Ivory Tower" by Jennifer Lambrecht has won this year's pearls Prize for Science Communication. In her blog, the doctoral candidate of the University of Potsdam discusses questions from the fields of educational science and philosophy as well as research methods.

The jury was particularly impressed by Lambrecht's approach in her blog to mediate between science and public opinion. According to the jury, the blog does not only communicate research findings in a way that is easy to understand for the public, but also takes up public debates on inclusive schooling and the school system in general and puts them in scientific perspective. The blog shows in an exemplary way how science can enlighten everyday issues and counter false conclusions by explaining scientific methodology and how to apply it. The jury also praised Lambrecht's use of the blog in her own teaching at university as a means to train a new generation of scientists for public debate. 

The award, which comes with 1000€ prize money, will be awarded for the first time in 2018. The award ceremony will take place during the "Spot on PoGS Community" event organized by the Potsdam Graduate School on June 1, 2018 in the Wissenschaftsetage Potsdam. The award winner will receive the award in person and briefly introduce her project. Afterwards, there will be a short question and answer session with the audience. 



The prize winner 2018

Jennifer Lambrecht studied education and philosophy at the University of Hamburg and the Free University of Berlin. She is currently working as a research assistant on her doctorate and in the field of teacher education at the University of Potsdam as part of the workgroup in psychological primary education. Her work focuses on the school system and the changes that come with inclusive schooling (co- education of children with and without disabilities).

Blog "Essays aus dem Elfenbeinhochhaus"



About the pearls-Prize for Science Communication

With the award, the foundation wants to promote the inclusion of communication skills in the career paths of young scientists and strengthen social engagement which is not recognized in a systematic way. Doctoral candidates, postdocs and junior professors who have received their doctoral degrees within the last 5 years were eligible to apply. Applicants had to be associated  with the University of Potsdam or one of the 21 non-university research institutions within the pearls network. Group applications were eligible as long as the main applicant met the above-mentioned criteria and had a leading role in the project. Communication projects were required to relate to the applicant's own scientific work and were not allowed to be older than two years. 

In total, there were 23 submissions from individual scientists or groups. A jury composed of scientists, representatives from our network partners’ press offices, and experts from the field of science communication selected a winner from among the entries.

Award ceremony

The prize was awarded on
Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11:40 am at Wissenschaftsetage
as part of the event "Zwischen Elfenbeinturm und Twitter" hosted by the Potsdam Graduate School.
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pearls-Prize for Science Communication

Jury 2018

jury chair

Monique Luckas
Head of Public Relations
Futurium gGmbH


Helene Foltan
Speaker Press and Public Relations
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomics e.V. (ATB)

Jury member

Franz Ossing
March for Science Berlin & former Head of Public Relations German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)

jury member

Dr. Edzard Weber
Head of Junior Research Group Decision Management, University of Potsdam

jury Member

Silke Brodersen, Ph.D.
Managing Director of the pearls- Potsdam Research Network foundation