The Big Science Summit – Successfull Primetime Science

Monday, September 30, 10.00-17.00 Uhr, Residenz


In cooperation with WDR – Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne.


What happens during an earthquake, which factors cause autism, and how does the open brown coal pit work? Dedicated to difficult topics, science programs have to compete with formats like shows, series, and sports – in fact a huge repertoire of entertaining programs. How do they succeed if they succeed? What is valuable and successful? And: Is there any room for topics of real importance, which offer background information to the viewers? Does science in the media have to be easy and fordable, or is there the so called relevant?

The BIG SCIENCE SUMMIT presents successful international science programs and tries to answer the question of where science-television reaches its limits and has to explain topics while complexity increases.

Host: Torsten Zarges, DWDL, Cologne

10.00-10.15 hrs, Welcome

10.15–10.45 hrs, Presentation
Primetime Science – An International Overview
Christine Le Goff, Producer, Telfrance Doc&See, Groupe Telfrance, Paris

10.45–111.15 hrs, Keynote
Why Does Society Need Good Science TV – and – How Does It Look Like?
Ranga Yogeshwar, Independent Journalist, Author and Host, Hennef

11.15–11.30 hrs, Coffee Break

11.30–12.15 hrs, Keynote/Presentation
Showcase I – Infinite Orchestration: How Far Can You Go?
Dr. Michael Mosley, Author, Journalist and TV-Personality, London

12.15–13.00 hrs, Keynote/Presentation
Showcase II – Investigative Entertainment: THE SCIENCE SQUAD
Nuala Cunningham, Producer/Director, THE SCIENCE SQUAD, New Decade, Dublin

13.00–14.00 hrs, Lunch Break

14.00–14.45 hrs, Keynote/Presentation
Showcase III – Total Interaction: FOXES LIVE: WILD IN THE CITY
Jamie Lochhead, Producer/Director, Windfall Films, London

14.45–15.30 hrs, Keynote/Presentation
Showcase IV – Illusion Of The Eyes – The Faszination of Visual Effects
Philip Dobree, CEO, Jellyfish Pictures, London

15.30–16.00 hrs, Coffee Break

16.00–17.00 hrs, Panel
Simple or Complex? The Importance of Science Journalism in Our Society
Host: Prof. Holger Wormer, Institut for Journalism, Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund
Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer, Director, Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition, Berlin
Dr. Frank Schirrmacher, Publisher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt a.M.
Ranga Yogeshwar, Independent Journalist, Author und Host, Hennef

Following the Big Sience Summit, all attendees will be invited by the WDR for the festive celebration of TWENTY YEARS QUARKS & CO.