New Round of Applications for Fellowships in Research Communication at MIP.labor

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Science journalists and other media professionals have until October 15 to apply for a highly attractive fellowship at MIP.labor

The research communication think tank for mathematics, computer science, and physics (Mathematik, Informatik, Physik = MIP) is based at Freie Universität Berlin and receives funding from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. MIP.labor gives its fellows the space and resources to investigate particularly complex topics in mathematics, computer science, and physics, topics that are rarely featured in media coverage. Every year, up to ten fellows are given six months to work intensively on a topic of their choice and develop an innovative media format.

Journalists and other media professionals who would like to participate in the program have until October 15, 2021, to apply for a six-month fellowship. The MIP.labor advisory board makes the final decision on who will be selected. You can find further information at

Johanna Michaels is one of the first four MIP.labor fellows. Michaels is a physicist and philosopher, whose work deals with spatial perception. She will be testing her first visualizations in a virtual reality environment together with a software specialist. The mathematician and science journalist Christoph Drösser will tackle the issue of fairness in applications of artificial intelligence during his time at MIP.labor. Dr. Reinhart Brüning is a philosopher, physicist, and freelance journalist who will be investigating the foundations of blockchain and its many applications. Last but not least, Rüdiger Braun is a biologist and science journalist who wants to make the topic of "rhythm" interactive and tangible using methods from mathematics and computer animation.

The journalists will be given additional support through tandem partners from their respective research areas so that they can fully immerse themselves in their topics. A team at MIP.labor with practical expertise in software development, graphics, video editing, and scientific editing will assist the fellows in developing their chosen format. Throughout the program, they will focus on creative solutions to convey information on complex scientific issues.

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