Science Communication


Sebastian Turner

Friday, March 16, 2018, 12 noon to 1:30pm, RWTH Aachen Guesthouse

The fundamental change of the media system resulting from digitalization processes has an impact on both media and the public. Phenomena such as the rise of Trump, the AfD party, and the so-called “Brexit” are not only results of this paradigm shift, but can also be seen as expression of a general loss of trust in traditional institutions. This loss of trust has not be caused, but fueled by the change of the media systems. This also affects the field of science communication, which seeks to explain current research results and the significance of science in general.

Sebastian Turner

Sebastian Turner is the publisher of Tagesspiegel, a newspaper located in Berlin, Germany. He studied political science, economic history and business administration in Bonn and at Duke University in the US. In 1985 he founded "Medium - Magazin für Journalisten", which he published until 1995. In 1990 he co-founded the international communication group Scholz & Friends, where he was CEO until 2008. In 2009 he initiated the international Falling Walls Science Conference, Berlin.

Since 2013 he has been on the supervisory board of DvH Medien-Holding of Dieter von Holtzbrinck, publisher of the journals DIE ZEIT, Handelsblatt, Tagesspiegel, Wirtschaftswoche, and others.

At the Berlin University for the Arts, Turner serves as honorary professor. He is involved in non-profit causes, among them the Max Planck Foundation for the Advancement of Excellence in Science; "Haus der kleinen Forscher," a science for children project; the Berlin School of Creative Leadership; and the Art Directors Club.

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