Excellence Strategy

Sharing Knowledge

The University of Tübingen wants to strengthen its commitment in regard to transferring knowledge to society, businesses and politics. A central measure in this context is the new communication concept Sharing Knowledge, which, with a comprehensive portfolio of communication formats, will not only highlight the individual research areas and their results, but also aims to present the University's entire research in a generally understandable and transparent manner.

Above all, events are planned which aim to break down the barriers between science and society and overcome them in the long term. The University will also expand well-established programs – such as the Children's University – and offer courses designed to promote a positive attitude towards science and research, especially in the natural and life sciences.

Comprehensive and proactive science communication is always a challenge, given the complexity, specialization and dynamics of research. Nevertheless, especially in times of increasing public scepticism, the University wishes to address this issue more intensively and ensure good and transparent science communication through Sharing Knowledge.


Knowledge Design

Latest Events

New Horizons Lecture #1

Johanna Barnbeck:
Prinzipien visueller Wissenschaftskommunikation
Monday, Nov. 23, 2020; 16:00-17:00

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98472850638
Language: German
Target Group: open for everyone interested


In modern science communication, visualizations such as infographics, charts or visual abstracts play an increasingly important role, and the special communicative potential of well-made visual design is more and more valued. As a result, good visualization skills have developed into a significant aspect of competence for researchers and scientists, both in exchanges between experts and when communicating to the public.

Which general principles of visual design should be considered in order to communicate scientific concepts and results successfully? Which different types of visualizations are there – and how can visual abstracts help to bring the core message of a research project across? In her talk, Johanna Barnbeck covers some of the most important basics of visual science communication – and presents helpful insights for their practical application

New Horizons Lecture #2

Johanna Barnbeck:
Artistic Research: The Synergy of Art and Science in Interdisciplinary Research Settings
Monday, Nov. 30, 2020; 16:00-17:00 Uhr

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96227096924
Language: English
Target Group: open for everyone interested


Creativity is both a driving factor of innovative science as well as the basis for artistic expression. Therefore, the collaboration between artists and scientists can be seen as especially promising. Indeed, there are more and more initiatives that bring together artistic and scientific views in order to show diverse perspectives on the same matter. Rather than considering the arts and design as fields which makes science look nicer, they can be equal partners for developing interdisciplinary research questions.

Artistic Research is a young discipline of reflective artistic practices which brings in new possibilities of knowledge production as well as its documentation and publication. In her talk, Johanna Barnbeck provides an overview of what Artistic Research is and discusses the potential of interdisciplinary research constellations between the arts, design and science. What are particular modes in which artistic and scientific knowledge production can be combined – and which approaches, methods, or tools are particularly useful to do so?

Online Workshop
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Johanna Barnbeck:
Visual Science Communication – How to Get Started
Tuesday, Dez. 1, 2020 + Wednesday, Dez. 2, 2020

Language: English

Target Group:

  • postdocs
  • junior group leaders
  • junior professors

Please email Michael Pelzer (michael.pelzer@uni-tuebingen.de) to register.


Visualizations and infographics are an important part of scientific papers, posters and talks: Well-made graphical elements and visualizations can help to bring the core message of papers across, summarize complex research results in effective and easily intelligible ways or kindle the interest and attention of a wider public.

In this interactive workshop, Johanna Barnbeck will guide the participants towards improving their visualization skills. The workshop conveys creative techniques and design strategies that help to generate clear and effective graphical illustrations of scientific concepts and ideas. Working together on concrete examples, participants will be invited to practically apply their new skills to develop a visual abstract of their current research.

The two-day workshop is especially targeted at postdocs, junior group leaders and junior professors (of all faculties) and will be held online from 9:30 to 13:00. For the afternoon, participants will be given a hands-on task which invites them to apply what they have learned to their own research publications. Please make sure to have 2-3 hours available during the afternoons to work on it.