"Climate (Change) Communication" - Scientific Conference of the TU Ilmenau

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Communication about climate change is at the center of a global sociopolitical debate

On February 10 and 11, the digital symposium "Climate (Change) Communication" will take place at the TU Ilmenau. Scientific contributions will analyze how public communication about climate change has taken place over the past decades.The conference is hosted by the Group of Empirical Media Research and Political Communication at TU Ilmenau. Participation in the online conference is free of charge.

Access: www.wisskomm2022.de.

Climate change has received a lot of public attention in recent years. In fact, however, climate change, climate crisis or even climate emergency have been present in the public debate for decades. At the latest since the Club of Rome, an international association of personalities from politics, science, culture and business, presented its report on "The Limits to Growth" 50 years ago, science worldwide has also been concerned with anthropogenic, i.e. man-made, climate change. Today, the issue is at the center of a global sociopolitical debate, and there is now hardly an area of life in which it does not play a role.

Differentiated communication about climate change

Scientific studies on climate change are taken up - at least in part - by some who oppose it and used in their arguments. Some doubt the scientific findings in their communication or question the integrity of science altogether. Others misunderstand, deliberately distort or completely ignore the scientific findings. How differentiated public communication about climate change takes place is the focus of the online conference of the Specialist Group on Science Communication of the German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies (DGPuK), which is being hosted this year by the Technical University of Ilmenau. In more than 20 papers, scholars from national and international universities and research institutes present different perspectives on how communication about climate change has taken place over the past decades. Among other things, they examined how the media report on the issue in different countries around the world, how different segments of the population think about the problem, how initiatives such as Fridays for Future network locally and globally, the impact of climate change denial, and how the issue can be communicated in such a way that, in the words of one presentation at the conference, "we get out of the burning house without panicking."



Prof. Jens Wolling

Head of Group Empirical Media Research and Political Communication
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