Public Outreach and Knowledge Transfer

In order to make our work and research accessible to a broad audience, a number of public outreach activities and events were realized within the SFB 833:

Events and Talks

Final Conference and Schwäbisches Tagblatt 2021

The digital final conference of the SFB included a scientific part as well as a part open to the public: Within the framework of three talks, interested parties had the opportunity to get to know our work. There was also a digital quiz with a prize draw. Further information can be found here.

The final conference even made it into the Schwäbische Tagblatt with two articles:

Science Slam 2020

As a kick-off event for the 'Doktorandentage', PhD students from the University of Tübingen presented their research projects in a science slam format.
Julia Braun represented the SFB 833 and talked about the topic "So what can you do with linguistics?".

TÜFFF (Tübinger Fenster für Forschung)

At the TÜFFF (‘binger Fenster für Forschung’) Tübingen researchers from different areas present their findings through a range of formats, i.e. talks, posters, games and information desks. Multiple SFB projects have participated each time since the beginning of the TÜFFF in 2014.

Further Information on the TÜFFF


"Textverstehen und Kompetenzmodellierung",

Tübinger School of Education (TüSE), Prof. Dr. Augustin Kelava, Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer (A2) & Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker (ass. A2)


"Annotating Literature - Texte besser verstehen",

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer (A2) & Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker (ass. A2)


"Die Bedeutung (in) unserer Sprache",

Dr. Melanie Störzer & Dr. Jennifer Wallis (Z1)


"Wie versteht der Mensch die Sprache?",

Prof. Dr. Barbara Kaup (B4/Z2) & Dr. Carolin Dudschig (B4)


"Facetten der Sprachverarbeitung",

Prof. Dr. Britta Stolterfoht, Holger Gauza & Melanie Störzer (B8)


"Wie versteht der Mensch die Sprache?",

Prof. Dr. Barbara Kaup (B4/Z2)



"Interdisziplinäre Forschungsprojekte in den Geisteswissenschaften",

SFB 833 (The Construction of Meaning) in corporation with the collaborative research centers 923 (Threatened Order), 1070 (ResourceCultures) as well as the Research Training Group 1808 (Ambiguity).


"Es hat scheints Spätzle im Kühlschrank: Die deutsche Sprache im Wandel?",

Prof. Dr. Sam Featherston (C6)


"Was uns Augenbewegungen beim Lesen über Sprachverarbeitung sagen können",

Dr. Oliver Bott (B1) & Dr. Anja Gattnar (C2)

25.04.2014 "Interdisziplinären Spaziergang durch Wortspiel-Welten",

Dr. Esme Winter-Froemel (C4) & Dr. Angelika Zirker (ass. A2)

Studium Generale

The Studium Generale is a series of evening lectures in which scholars give talks on interdisciplinary topics to a broader public.

Further information on the Studium Generale

Talks by SFB members:

31.01.2019 "Sprachspiele: Wie Spieltheorie die Anwendung und die Entwicklung der Sprache modelliert", Prof. Dr. Michael Franke (B2), "Spiel – interdisdziplinäre Annäherungen an ein menschliches Grundphänomen"
18.11.2018 "Spielend lernen im Kindesalter", Prof. Dr. Claudia Friedrich (B9), "Spiel – interdisdziplinäre Annäherungen an ein menschliches Grundphänomen"
12.11.2013 "Shakespeare – Denkmäler für den Repräsentanten der Weltliteratur", Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer (A2), "Leitfiguren der europäischen Kultur – 100 Jahre Bonatzbauskulpturen"
24.11.2011 "Wie die Bioinformatik hilft, Sprachgeschichte zu rekonstruieren", Prof. Dr. Gerhard Jäger (B2), "Grenzüberschreitungen – der Mensch im Spannungsfeld von Biologie, Kultur und Technik"
02.07.2009 "Dickens und die Religion", Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer (A2), "Heilige Texte: Literarisierung von Religion und Sakralisierung von Literatur"

Science Pub Tübingen

In October 2015, Prof. Dr. Sam Featherston (C6) presented our work at the Science Pub Tübingen, an initiative organized by the Deutsches Jungforschernetzwerk (juFORUM e.V, a German network of young researchers) in collaboration with the University’s Forum Scientiarum. The Science Pub events provide an unconventional environment in which a diverse audience of students, researchers and interested members of the public can be reached.

Children's University (Kinder-Uni)

The Children’s University was initiated in 2002 by the University of Tübingen. Today it is a Europe-wide format.

Further Information on the Children's University

Several members of the SFB 833 presented at the Children's University:

07.07.2018 "Wie können Computer deine Englisch-Hausaufgaben korrigieren?", Florian Nuxoll und Ramon Ziai (T1)


"Warum brauchen wir Grammatik?", Prof. Dr. Claudia Maienborn (A1/B7), Children’s University in Santiago de Chile


"Warum ist Irren menschlich?", Prof. Dr. Barbara Kaup (B4/Z2), Children’s University Heidgraben


"Warum brauchen wir Grammatik?", Prof. Dr. Claudia Maienborn (A1/B7), Children’s University in Bad Buchau/Federsee


"Warum brauchen wir Grammatik?", Prof. Dr. Claudia Maienborn (A1/B7), Children’s University in Weil der Stadt


"Warum ist Irren menschlich?", Prof. Dr. Barbara Kaup (B4/Z2), Children’s University in Tübingen (article in Schwäbisches Tagblatt)

Tübingen Summer University

Tübingen Summer University is a short-term program that is held during the summer holidays by the University of Tübingen. It offers a great range of talks and events to students as well as other interested parties.

07.08.2019 "Jane Austens Romane und die Welt der Fan Fiction", Prof. Dr. Angelika Zirker (ass. A2)

"Wie kommt der Mensch zur zweiten Sprache - Erkenntnisse aus der Spracherwerbsforschung", Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber (B9)


"Vertstehen heisst Simulieren: Zur Rolle sensomotorischer Repräsentationen beim Sprachverstehen", Prof. Dr. Barbara Kaup (B4/Z2)

Schülerlabor (Science Lab for High School Students)

In cooperation with the Regional Council Tübingen (Regierungspräsidium Tübingen: Section School and Education) as well as colleagues from the departments of Modern German Literature and Medieval Studies, the chair of psycholinguistics together with project B8 of the SFB 833 organized and hosted the Schülerlabor various times.

The Schülerlabor provides an established extra-curricular learning environment to school pupils. They can partake in scientific work for one day or one week to gain a first insight into the university world and the scientific process in particular.

The Schülerlabor in psycholinguistics was held five times (2012 and 2016 - 2019) by employees of Project B8: Prof. Britta Stolterfoht, Holger Gauza & Melanie Störzer, Feyza Nalbant & Larissa Sprecht.

Further Information on the Schülerlabor 2017

DGfS-Summer School 2016

In 2016, the SFB 833 acted as a central coordinator in the organization of the DGfS-Summer School "Mapping Meaning: Theory - Cognition - Variation" (15.-26.08.2016)

Graduate Days (Graduiertentage)

At the Graduiertentage, hosted by the university’s Graduate Academy, Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber (B9), presented the work of the local ethics commission and Dr. Birgit Umbreit (Z1) explained the responsibilities of an SFB coordinator as part of the session on science management.

Articles and Contests


The SFB 833 had an in-house newsletter, ‘Nauklerstraße 35’, through which subscribers were informed about SFB news and events multiple times per semester.


The SFB 833 was repeatedly represented in the Tübingen University’s magazine Attempto to present the SFB’s work and research to the public:

The online issue from January 4, 2021 includes an article about the current research of project B9 on how face masks affect our communication in everyday life.

Link to the article from January 4, 2021

The cover story of issue 42 (2016) informed about the work of developmental psychologists at the Baby and Child Lab at the University of Tübingen and how researchers are exploring language acquisition in infants and children. In the article, Prof. Dr. Claudia Friedrich, one Project B9’s principal investigators, explains “how words enter the mind” and which findings she can gain from the results of EEG studies on language acquisition in children.

Link to Issue 42/2016

"Wie viel Körper braucht der Geist?" (FAZ, 31.08.2011)

In August 2011, the renowned German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article on "Embodied and Situated Language Processing" and the accompanying workshop which took place in Bielefeld, Germany. In the article, they also referred to the work of Martin Lachmaier, linguist and psychologist from Project B4.

Link to the Article

Contest “The topic of my dissertation in a picture”

In 2015, the university’s Graduate Academy asked its PhD students to present the topic of their dissertation in an image – in the form of a photograph, a collage or a sketch. Among all submissions, Marion Jäger (née Knecht), Project A7, was ranked 3rd.

In her dissertation “Focus Particles and Extraction” Marion investigates the syntactic features of focus particles in German and compares the results with focus particles of the English language. For this purpose, she collects examples of everyday language and performs language experiments with participants. The aim of her dissertation is to show which influence focus particles have on the meaning of sentences and how differently they can be used through the interaction of syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

Knowledge Transfer

Transfer Project T1

The computational linguistic methods established in Project A4 were applied in the Knowledge Transfer Project T1 (October 2016 - September 2019) to develop an interactive workbook for English as a second language at high school level (“Entwicklung eines interaktiven Workbooks für den englischen Fremdsprachenunterricht für das Gymnasium”). Project T1 was supervised by Prof. Dr. Detmar Meurers and the workbook was developed in collaboration with the schoolbook publisher Diesterweg. Pupils, teachers, publishers, authors and researchers worked closely together on this exciting collaborative project.

Further Information on Project T1