In 2013, the Institute set up a new Journalists-in-Residence program. This program supports journalism on the history of science, aiming to foster the communication of central themes in the history of science to the broader public and to enhance the role of the history of science within the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Seeking to make its research more visible, the MPIWG has invited journalists to take advantage of research resources for their own projects. To support dialogue between journalists and researchers, the journalists each organized one workshop for the MPIWG during their stay.

Library Scholarship for Journalists

The MPIWG invites journalists to apply for library scholarships. For a period of two to four weeks, successful applicants will have access to the collections of the MPIWG library, including all of its electronic resources (for a description of the library, see here). It is expected for the applicants to have a clear journalistic profile and an interest in the history of science. Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae, selected bibliography, outline of the proposed project to be worked on at the MPIWG (maximum of 200 words), and an indication of the desired period of stay (at least six weeks after application). Scholarships are awarded according to the availability of the library workspaces. Please send applications as a PDF to: Esther Chen (Head of Library): and Hansjakob Ziemer (Head of Cooperations and Communication):

Past Workshops

Josephine Lethbridge:
“Writing for the Public: How to Get Published in The Conversation (and elsewhere)”

Christian Schwägerl:
“Building a Media Coral Reef: Can Ecosystem Research Inspire Journalism in a Time of Media Crisis?”

Klaus Taschwer:
“Communicating History of Science in/to the Media”

Sarah Everts:
“Adventures in Communication: When Academics Speak to Journalists”

Alexander Mäder:
“What History of Science Can Contribute to the Media”

Thomas De Padova:
“How to Write A Press Release on Galileo’s 450th Birthday”

Andreas Bernard:
“Writing Journalism, Writing History of Science: Contradiction or Complement?”


Hansjakob Ziemer 
Phone: (+4930) 22667-242 
Fax: (+4930) 22667-238