Keynote of Prof. Dr. Jeanine Reutemann

The video “Unspoken truths - science, film & realities” describes three different perspectives on trust in media - and explores the conflicting nature of scientists, filmmakers and activists. It was part of a panel discussion at the SILBERSALZ conference in Halle 2020 with the topic "The two faces of trust".

In Brief

About the Project

Scientific discoveries and innovations fundamentally shape society. Recent years, however, have seen a move away from knowledge grounded in science in both society and politics. Many scientific fields are growing increasingly complex and ordinary people have the hardest time grasping the in-depth knowledge required for decision-making. Populism, fake news, and conspiracy theories are increasingly dominating public discourse and dividing society. To counteract this trend and strengthen the general public’s trust in science, people’s knowledge of science must be improved. Those who know more have an easier time participating in the conversation, leading to informed decision-making and greater participation in the democratic process. SILBERSALZ aims to support these efforts, by offering formats in which experts and members of the public can meet on an equal footing, learning from talking to one another. With its combination of open-to-the-public event, film festival, and conference program, SILBERSALZ boosts scientific discourse, bringing current research and media to the audience.

Why are we running this project?

In recent decades, scientific discourse has leaned strongly toward the guiding principles of expertise and the freedom to seek the truth. Consequently, target groups with an academic background have been well catered for, but the approach has been less successful in reaching people with little or no exposure to science.

What are our goals?

SILBERSALZ aims to close this gap and offers formats in which experts and members of the public can meet on an equal footing, learning from talking to one another. The more people – both at the venue in Halle (Saale) and beyond – make use of what the festival has to offer, the more topics from and about science can brought into the limelight to be discussed and critically evaluated. In the long run, this should promote greater trust in science, creating responsible citizens, particularly among young people who will be the ones to shape the future.

How does the project work?

SILBERSALZ takes place in the German town of Halle (Saale) every summer under a different motto each year. Film contributions of any kind – from animations and shorts to documentaries and features films – can be submitted for review by a jury. Several movie theaters in town show the selected films. From 2020 onward, filmmakers will be recognized with awards in various categories thanks to a cooperation with Jackson Wild. Coinciding with the film festival are a conference for producers, scientists, and science communication experts, as well as exhibitions, concerts, a youth program, and much more.

Who are the target groups?

With all the different things it has to offer, SILBERSALZ is aimed at people of all ages, particularly those interested in science or curious about the subject. The conference part of the festival is aimed particularly at producers, scientists, and science communication experts, allowing them to ignite new ideas and spark enthusiasm for science and new technologies.

Who organizes and supports the project?

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is the founding partner of SILBERSALZ. Documentary Campus e.V. was tasked with putting on the festival.

Contact person

Manuela Winkler
Documentary Campus e.V.
Phone+49 30 47377-404
e-mail to Manuela Winkler