Making science comprehensible
Science is an important part of our culture and scientific findings influence the future development of society. The vision of the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) is to improve the information flow from academic research to the public with the goal of a more scientifically literate society. For that purpose, the NaWik trains scientists to communicate their intentions, findings and issues to a wider audience and engage with society for a dialog.
We offer a wide range of seminars and workshops for the academic community. Our seminars in English language are on scientific writing and communicating science online. We offer presentation skills training and media training, as well as workshops where participants develop their own communication strategy.
NaWik seminars are attendance courses. They either take place on-site at your institute or on our premises in Karlsruhe. Participants of our seminars work in small groups with emphasis on hands-on exercises and a high level of practical relevance.
See here for a more detailed description of our seminars in English and for information on how to book us.
More than 20 experienced trainers work for us, either full time or as freelance partners. The trainers for our English seminars and workshops have backgrounds in academic research, science communication and journalism. They speak English fluently, equivalent to CEF-level C2.
In addition to our seminars and workshops, NaWik trainers can be booked for talks and short sessions on how to communicate science to target audiences beyond their peers. See here for more detailed information on our English speaking trainers.
The National Institute for Science Communication is a non-profit company, established in 2012. NaWik stakeholders are the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT.
The Klaus Tschira Foundation (KTS) was founded in 1995 by the physicist and SAP-co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940 – 2015). The foundation supports projects in natural and computer sciences as well as mathematics. The KTS places strong emphasis on the public understanding in these fields and supports science communication by scientists since 2001.
The Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) is a public research university and a national research centre of the Helmholtz Society. The NaWik is located in the newly renovated mathematics building on the city campus of the KIT.