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The Debate – Facts, Research, Positions

26.04.2017, Berlin | Fake news, alternative facts, conspiracy theories – the public debate on many topics challenges or ignores scientifically proven facts; public discussions on controversial issues are rarely fact-based or enriched with scientific background knowledge. Therefore, the initiative Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue), the Science Media Center Germany, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig have launched the platform “The Debate.” It offers a space for discussing controversial science topics and scientific perspectives on socially relevant and much-debated topics. This happens in the form of live debates, factual videos, multimedia information tools, and interviews. The first live debate, on May 19, 2017 at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Braunschweig, will deal with the topic of “Self-Driving Cars.”

The Debate – Self-Driving Cars

Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig | Auditorium
Pockelsstrasse 11
38106 Braunschweig

May 19, 2017
7:30 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m.

Guests: Prof. Markus Maurer (TU Braunschweig), Marion Jungbluth (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e. V.), and Prof. Dr. Oliver Schwedes (TU Berlin)
Moderators: Christoph Koch (Stern) and Mai Thi Nguyen (ZDF/funk)

Admission is free. Registration is not required.

The event will be livestreamed at

More information is available at Wissenschaft im Dialog and, from mid-May,

Science crucially contributes to the development of our society. In the public perception, however, it not only represents progress but is often seen as a threat to human safety and security. The more science changes the conditions of life in ways that are tangible to everyone, the more it needs to engage in a constructive dialogue with society. To enable citizens to participate in this discussion, it takes a solid general education in the sciences and an understanding of scientific research. The Ernst Schering Foundation supports these goals through a number of initiatives and is pleased to be able to support the platform “The Debate.”


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