Prof. Alexander Gerber
Chair, Science Communication
Some impressions from meetings of our Science Communication Team in 2016
Prof. Alexander Gerber focuses his research and teaching on socio-political dimensions of Science Communication. Calling for an 'Open Science Communication', he emphasises the shared responsibilities among different stakeholders of science. The degree programme at Rhine-Waal not only covers the usual skills such as storytelling or communication management, but also areas such as 'Scientific Citizenship', 'ELSI' or 'CSR'.
"Regarding employability, we have included enrepreneurial 'survival skills' in our training, by which we hope to prepare our graduates with both strategies and tools of trade for an increasingly complex, demanding, or even hostile work environment." (Prof. Gerber)
His research priorities are upstream engagement, STEM education, evaluation and social research methodologies, interactive media and open science. As part of the public engagement research at his department, the European Commission has given Rhine-Waal the opportunity to coordinate a global science communication research consortium of 24 partners ("NUCLEUS"). Other research projects include a Horizon 2020 endeavour in STEM didactics, specifically using arts in science education ("CREATIONS").
Prof. Gerber furthermore supervises several science communication projects in the area of evaluation for the German Government, including a global research field analysis, in his funtion as Research Director of the Institute for Science and Innovation Communication (inscico). In 2011, he initiated and coordinated the first "Trend Study" on Science Communication. Before, the information scientist and long-time science journalist / author / film director was Head of Marketing & Communications at Fraunhofer (ICT) for seven years, and founder and editor-in-chief of InnoVisions Magazine.
Prof. Gerber is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience, and the Scientific Steering Board of the science communication world association PCST.
He serves as a member of several Advisory Boards and as Associate Editor of the open access Journal of Research in STEM Education, J-STEM.
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