For the 25th anniversary of the Frühjahrssymposium (FJS) we are very happy to welcome you to Hanover, as this year's symposium will not be online but in presence! We have put together a diversified program with a variety of different offers that include thrilling lectures from renowned scientists of both academia and industry, exciting workshops, inspiring poster sessions as well as a delicious conference dinner, several social activities and many opportunities to get together and network.
This year's motto of FJS, "Communicating the future," was chosen to put a spotlight on the topic of science communication. Science communication has been particularly relevant over the past two years in the context of the Corona pandemic, as the public needed to be regularly informed about the highly volatile research on the Sars-CoV II virus. This demanded sensible scientific communication to on the one hand inform the public about the risks of the virus but on the other hand not to spread excessive panic. Especially the strong abbreviation of scientific studies into provocative and protruding headlines proved to be problematic in this regard. The chances, risks and possible improvements for science communication and science journalism will be reviewed from a scientific point of view (virologist Prof. Dr. Albert Osterhaus), a political standpoint (former State Secretary for Science and Research Berlin and Hanover Regional President Steffen Krach) as well as from the science journalist perspective (science editor Dr. Charlotte Wermser) in the closing panel discussion. The discussion will be hosted by the JCF member Roland J.-R. Bednarz.
Steffen Krach is the regional president of Hannover. After finishing his studies of social sciences at University of Göttingen in 2002 and political sciences at FU Berlin in 2005, he served as an advisor for science, education, research, and culture in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Afterwards, he held several positions in the Berlin senate administration of education, science, and research. From 2016 to 2021, he served as state secretary for science and research in the senate of Berlin, before he was elected in September 2021 to serve as regional president of the Hannover region.
Albert Osterhaus is one of the leading experts in animal and human virology. He serves as Professor and Founding Director in the Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo). He also holds a position as Professor of Wildlife Virology and Virus Discovery at University Utrecht. His major achievements include the discovery of more than 40 new viruses and the development of new strategies to combat the threat of (zoonotic) virus infections.
Charlotte Wermser studied biomedicine in Würzburg, Germany. In 2018, she completed her doctorate at the Research Center for Infectious Diseases (ZINF) at the University of Würzburg. After completion of the PhD, she started her career as a science communicator with a traineeship in the public relations department of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. Since 2019, Charlotte Wermser has been a science editor with a focus on online communication and social media at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig. She became deputy head of the press and communication department at HZI in 2021. The department coordinates press and communication activities at the HZI main campus in Braunschweig and additional sites in Greifswald, Hamburg, Hanover, Saarbrücken and Würzburg.