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Dr. Gun-Brit Thoma
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Kiel
Tel.: +49 431 / 880-5084

Kiel Science Outreach Campus (KiSOC)

Leibniz ScienceCampus Kiel

How can the significance and the attainments of science be conveyed in a way that is comprehensible and inspirational? The work of the Kiel Science Outreach Campus (KiSOC) is dedicated to answering this question.

KiSOC seeks to close a gap in the existing research – namely the fact that although there are numerous activities and approaches within the domain of science communication, there has thus far been very little hard data on their effects and influencing factors. The research of the KiSOC therefore focuses on designing different outreach activities and measuring their effectiveness.

Selected communication approaches, such as academic exhibitions and learning laboratories, will be investigated, further developed and evaluated in individual projects. This will help identify critical influences on the effectiveness of these approaches. The work focuses on teaching academic content to different target groups, on the requirements and effects of different formats, and on the role played by those individuals involved in communicating.

Furthermore, the KiSOC will develop a joint framework model for science outreach work.


Dr. Mirjam Sophia Gleßmer
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Kiel
Tel.: +49 431 / 880-3145


Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Kiel
Tel.: +49 431 / 880 – 3120


Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann
Kiel University (CAU)
Tel.: +49 431 / 880-3002



Leibniz Institute:
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Kiel

Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, CAU

Further partners:
Research Center Borstel - Leibniz-Center for Medecine and Biosciences (FZB), Borstel
Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC), Tübingen
Deutsches Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology (DM), München
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben
Nationales Institut für Wissenschaftskommunikation (NaWik), Karlsruhe
Fachhochschule Kiel, Mediendom
Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Lindau
Mathematikum Gießen
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
University College London, Institute of Education
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Finland
LUMA Centre Finland, Helsinki
Visualiseringscenter C, NorrKöping, Sweden
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, USA