Science and research are more than just accompaniments to the digital transformation of our society; they shape technological innovations and move research questions from different disciplines to the forefront. The sub-conference focused on three specific thematic areas: Open Access, Open Data and Open Process. In five sessions each, German and international speakers came together and explore the possibilities and limits of knowledge and research. From hypothetical scenarios to digital topics in the humane sciences to actual rocket science – and once again we are challenging you.

The science:lab @ re:publica, hosted in co-operation with the Wissenschaftsjahr 2014, consisted of a two day sub-conference on ‘Open Science’ (7th - 8th May) and a ‘Science Hack Day’ (3rd - 4th May) which took place during the weekend prior to day one of #rp14. 

Subconference: Open Science

Open Science, Open Data and Open Process are the main topics of the subconference that staged themes as diverse as research inside the universities. Talks from the fields of Mars colonization are represented as well as digital stumbling blocks in Twitter accounts, quantum physics and meta-debates regarding science communication.

We want to find:

  • How can science speak to an audience and communicate with the public? What about communication with science from the outside?
  • What possibilities do the publishing of raw data provide for research, business and the wider society?
  • How can the digital knowledge society affect the perceived ivory tower of science? Can it make science more accessible, for example for lateral newcomers?
  • Will more expert knowledge be consumed and implemented when presented appealing, digital, and interactive manner? 
  • What about copy-rights? Who does knowledge belong to and what can/should/ ought one do with it? 

Review of the subconference

Science Hack Day

The Science Hack Day was aimed at young developers, designers, scientists and hackers between the ages of 18 and 28, who are interested in bringing together science and technology. Imagine the Science Hack Day as a sort of laboratory. All participants came equipped with an idea, which they - together with others - wanted to work on and develop. We provided materials and supported with coaches who where invited experts from science & research, who helped in the implementation. Here are some examples of projects developed at former Science Hack Days.

Our Science Hack Day started on 3 May around midday and began with a brief introduction and a few inspirations for the available resources (data, sources, provided materials). Then we divided the participants into team and started on the hacks. Time was up on 4th May at midday! The teams then presented their results to the other participants.

After that it was time to prepare the results or project in such a way that they can be presented to and tested by the visitors at re:publica’s “Open Science” sub- conference (7th – 8th May).

Everybody who missed it can find some first impressions here.


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