With the aim of contributing to an international exchange of information via science journalism, in 2012 the Wilo-Foundation began providing financial support for the annual German-French seminar, which is hosted by the Dortmund Department of Science Journalism in association with Strasburg University and University of Burgundy in Dijon.
During the first years, up until 2017, the seminar on science journalism took place once every year, its venue alternating between France and Germany, and focused on different topics such as “science and nutrition“, “science and music” or “data, and a society under surveillance”. During the seminar, students explored relevant questions relating to these topics, and experts were invited to the seminar to talk about the latest scientific findings on the respective subject.
In 2020, the German-French seminars were developed further and a new component added: conference reporting. The seminars now take place every two years as part of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). The German-French project connects with the website www.science-guide.eu – a bilingual “travel guide” for the European science landscape, created by young journalists from France and Germany.
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Organisation of this bilingual, applied-science seminar has been coordinated by Professor Holger Wormer of the Science Journalism Department at Dortmund Technical University since 2006. This is one of eight departments within the prestigious Journalism Institute of Dortmund University – one of the most renowned journalistic training centres of any German university.