The idea:
Promoting Bright Minds

Fascination for Research

How can the general public be inspired to follow research? How can young people be interested in research projects – or even recruited for research careers? And: How can researchers present their work in an easy-to-understand and interesting manner – via a contemporary medium like the Internet? – It is questions such as these that moved the Volkswagen Foundation to create the ‘sciencemovies’ video blog.

Dialogue with the General Public

For quite some time now, the Volkswagen Foundation’s funding initiative entitled “Communicating Science and Research” has been promoting the dialogue between research and the public at large. This initiative supports innovative ideas aimed at bringing research nearer to an interested public: easy to understand, using contemporary media, and suitably tailored to fit the needs of the intended target group. With its sciencemovies video blog the Foundation is paving the way for publicizing selected projects to a broader public.

Researchers Become Film Makers

Members fo the Naumburg research group being trained to use the camera by Peter Prestel.
All the reports you see on the sciencemovies video blog have been filmed by the researchers themselves. Before starting, they received a five-day media training to  become acquainted with video and editing techniques. Under the supervison of film producer Peter Prestel (“Schliemanns Erben”) and his team, they also learned how to handle a camera.

Accompanied by experienced television journalists, the research groups worked on the storyboards that served as stagecraft framework for their film reports, taking into account adjustments for new project findings along the way.

Thirty Minutes Cut to Three

Soraya Hosni and Kilu Prince ("Who still speaks Daakaka?") filming villagers on Ambrym.
For over half a year the researchers took the camera with them to film their everyday work. From a total of 30 minutes of material filmed for each episode, professional film makers subsequently edited clips lasting just three minutes. Each of the projects is represented with ten episodes.

Since October 2011, the projects are appearing one after another here on If you want to be sure not to miss an episode, you can subscribe to our sciencemovies newsletter. In addition, the website contains a wealth of facts and background information concerning the different research topics and the individual researchers involved. And those who would like to know even more can move to the section “Your Questions”, where they are invited to take part in a dialogue with the research teams. Research – brought to life!