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Press Release

SILBERSALZ - Future Science Media: Documentary Campus and Robert Bosch Stiftung host the first international festival for science and media in Halle/Saale

Stuttgart/Berlin/Halle, November 9, 2017 - From 28 June to 1 July 2018, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and Documentary Campus e.V. will be hosting the first SILBERSALZ Science Film Festival in Halle/Saale. This multi-day public festival, which includes science and media industry from Germany and abroad, is the first in Germany to bring up current scientific topics with the general public.

"Whether climate change, impending scarcity of resources, or cancer treatments - scientific researchers can do a lot to ensure that we will continue to live well. But this will only succeed if their work is firmly anchored in society, understood, and addressed", says Dr Katrin Rehak, Head of the Science Department at the Robert Bosch Stiftung. "In order to do so, both sides must learn how to listen and understand each other on an equal basis. The new festival offers exciting opportunities - especially for laypersons", says Rehak.

At the festival, documentaries, feature films, and animated films as well as interactive formats will tell stories from science and put visitors in scenarios of the future. Round-table discussions, freely accessible lectures and workshops will tie in with the topics and allow a creative exchange between experts and the general public. SILBERSALZ also offers a programme aimed at young people in order to pique their interest in science and challenge them to rethink the future.

"We are pleased to be breaking new ground with this cross-media and interactive platform. Together with a creative team from the fields of science, media, and youth, we will be responsible for the content of the festival", says Donata von Perfall, Director of Documentary Campus. The team includes experienced media professional Irem Couchouron, who will take over the artistic design of the festival. Scientific consultation is provided by Professor Dr Antje Boetius, Marine Researcher, Director of the Alfred-Wegner-Institut in Bremerhaven. She is also Chairwoman of the Steering Committee of Wissenschaft im Dialog, the leading initiative of science organisations in Germany which cooperates with SILBERSALZ. Responsible for the youth programme is Ilka Bickmann, Chairwoman of the non-profit organisation science2public, which is on board as a local partner in Halle. Since 2007, the association has been engaged in dialogue between science, politics, business, and society.

"The festival follows the scientific tradition of the city of Halle.", says Halle’s mayor Dr Bernd Wiegand. "The Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences has its headquarters here, and thanks to the large university, numerous scientific institutions, and participation in the nationwide competition "Zukunftsstadt" [City of the Future], Halle is also considered to be an outstanding location for science. This is also reflected in the name of the festival: In Halle, at the beginning of the 18th century, the scientist Johann Heinrich Schulz discovered the photosensitivity of silver salts, which was used for early photography and film development."

The festival is supported by the State Chancellery of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, the City of Halle, the Media Authority of Saxony-Anhalt, the Central German Multimedia Centre (MMZ), the Central German Broadcasting Corporation (MDR), and the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences.

SILBERSALZ - Future Science Media is initiated by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and Documentary Campus e.V.. For many years, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been committed to building bridges between science and society. Documentary Campus has been successfully involved in the international education and training of documentary filmmakers for 17 years.