Scientific Communication

Press and Public Relation of the SFB 1070

The transfer of scientific results to the public is an important task of large research collaborations. The aim of this project is to bring the main topics of the SFB 1070 ResourceCultures on the relationship between resources and cultural dynamics into the current public discussion. A wide variety of media formats are used to implement the project: public lectures, newspaper and magazine articles, radio reports and television spots, contributions to the Children's University and school project days at Tübingen schools. In addition, there are appearances in social media and other web-based forms of communication. New in the program are online exhibitions to visualise the complex results of the various sub-projects and make them easy to understand. Other tasks of the "Resources and Public Spheres" project include general press work in close cooperation with the Office for University Communication at the University of Tübingen.

Fact Check: Were Vikings barbaric? - Dr. Sandra Teuber and Annika Condit from SFB 1070 ResourceCultures answered all questions about the fascinating Norsemens

Did Viking helmets actually have horns? Were the Vikings really in front of Columbus on the American continent? And of course: Were they brutal barbarians?

These and many more questions were answered by Dr. Sandra Teuber and Annika Condit last Friday at the Tübinger Fenster für Forschung (TÜFFF) the many interested children, young people and adult visitors. They had something for all ages: an edible Viking treasure, the board game Hnefatafl, a kind of viking-age chess, and a lot of background information on the area of ​​spread of the Vikings, the former trading metropolis Haithabu and on ships, helmets, swords and jewelry. The two staff members of the Collaborative Research Center 1070 Resource Cultures cleared up with a few clichés: There was never a horned Viking helmet found, this would have been quite impractical in combat and Vikings actually entered around the year 1000 AD as the first Europeans today's Canada. It is true, however, that from the 8th century onward, Vikings were terrified throughout Europe as far as Constantinople and Kiev by raids. But not only: they became increasingly traders and settlers, settling down around the 11th century and thereby ending the Viking era.