Better video abstracts, more citations
Video abstracts help researchers to attract the attention of their peers, a study from Portuguese researchers says. They also identified some important success factors.
Gathering dust: the Web of Stories
An archive of films that feature famous scientists looks deserted for about two years now. Only a twitter account sends last vital signs. What a pity that this valuable collection will not be continued.
Short films inspired by science
The annual film festival CineGlobe at the European research center CERN now lets you watch its films online for free, until September 23, 2021.
“Culture has a more lasting memory”: New (literature and) film festival about climate change
A new festival in Berlin will focus on climate change in literature and film. Its aim is to bring together local "climate cultures" from all over the world, to connect their knowledge and fight the crisis collectively.
Watch alone, but join the live discussion on another day
How can streaming a science film turn into a collective experience? The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany combines it with a subsequent panel discussion about the harassment of women in science.
A “collective experience”: watching movies in an online science film club
It is great to watch science movies on demand. But isn't it much better to participate online in a live film screening to share the experience with a group of like-minded people? The Dutch science film festival InScience recently gave it …
Aviation, disease and anthropology – voting for the European Science Film of the year has started
In September, the European Academy of Science Film, EURASF, based in Vienna, will award the European Science Film 2020/2021. The submissions are highly promising.
Where’s the best place to be trained in filmmaking?
Samer Angelone from the University of Zurich conducts film workshops for scientists not in seminar rooms but in the inspiring environment of film festivals – with impressive success.
Complexity vs unambiguity
A series of 5-to-10-minute videos produced by a public broadcaster report on the problems that arise when complex scientific contexts are reduced to short statements as they are needed for films and TV.
The cosmos in a journal and on screen
Successful science communication: Antikythera researcher Tony Freeth published not only a fascinating scientific paper about the famous astronomical mechanism but also – at the same time – a 30-minutes documentary about his team's work.
How does YouTube handle fake news in times of pandemic?
YouTube's recommendation algorithms have a bad reputation. Did they do a better job when serious information was most needed?
How to use video to bridge ideological divides
After having watched impressive and awe-inspiring nature documentaries people turn out to be less dogmatic. This effect is beneficial for social cohesion.
“Guided tours of researchers’ ideas” – How to acquire research funds with videos
The future of grant proposals is video, some scientists suggest. They expect more efficient review processes and better funding decisions.
How well do videos succeed in conveying knowledge?
Three German media scientists carried out an extensive study about audiovisual science communication on TV and YouTube.
Sloan funded science short films, ready to stream
An inspiring media library presents selected movies.

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