Over the years, efforts regarding outreach and science communication are not only considered more and more important, but are also becoming requirements by funding agencies. Call it a requirement, call it an opportunity: scientists are increasingly faced with questions such as what messages and topics to convey to which audience, which formats and channels to choose, and what communication strategy to choose. Insa Thiele-Eich, a meteorologist from the University of Bonn and Coordinator of the University Partnership for Atmospheric Sciences (UPAS, see below) will focus on these questions of science communication from her own experience during the 2022 Keynote Lecture.
Bio: Dr. Insa Thiele-Eich is a meteorologist and climate researcher working as the coordinator for the newly-founded University Partnership for Atmospheric Sciences (UPAS) at the University Bonn.
Throughout her career, she conducted research for improved weather and climate forecasts as well as studying the connection between climate change and human health. For her doctoral thesis, she traveled to Bangladesh to analyze the effects of climate change on a country which is a hot-bed for natural disasters, only to realize that while Bangladesh is far away, the challenges we face in the coming years are of a global nature.
In 2017, she was selected in a year-long intense selection process from over 400 women by the commercial space flight initiative “Die Astronautin”, and since then has experienced extraordinary training to prepare for a ten-day scientific mission onboard the international space station ISS. In addition to attending theoretical lectures in aerospace technology, underwater simulations, obtaining a private pilot’s license, rocket launch simulations in the human centrifuge, weightlessness on parabolic flights, and isolation training during a cave mission.