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Erste Ergebnisse aus der Tagebuchstudie präsentiert

tagebuch-pixabay-kein-nachweis-notigvon Fenja De Silva-Schmidt

Auf der European Communication Conference in Prag haben wir erste Ergebnisse aus der Tagebuchstudie des Projekts “Down to Earth” präsentiert. Für den Vortrag wurden die Angaben zu den Gesprächen der 41 Teilnehmer über den Klimawandel analysiert, die sie im Zeitraum der Klimakonferenz in Paris 2015 geführt hatten.

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Vertrauenskrise der (Klima-)Wissenschaft – oder des Klimajournalismus? Eine Replik

von Michael Brüggemann und Fenja De Silva-Schmidt

In einem aktuellen Artikel interpretiert Hanno Charisius von der Süddeutschen Zeitung die Ergebnisse des Wissenschaftsbarometers 2016 als ein „Alarmsignal für die aufgeklärte Gesellschaft“ angesichts eines starken Misstrauens gegenüber der Wissenschaft, insbesondere der Klimawissenschaft. Ein genauerer Blick auf die Originaldaten offenbart allerdings, dass diese Schlussfolgerungen kaum gerechtfertigt sind. Zudem zeigen Daten unserer eigenen aktuellen Befragung zum Thema Klimapolitik, dass die Klimawissenschaftler im Gegensatz zu Politikern und Journalisten noch auf ein stabiles Vertrauen seitens der Bevölkerung bauen dürfen.

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How data journalism is impacting the climate change debate


Blog by Fenja Schmidt

Climate conferences serve multiple purposes. Besides being important political events, they are also global media spectacles which push the topic of climate change to the top of political, scientific and public agendas.

Scientific data is always at the heart of the way climate change is discussed. Whether it be weather records, measurement of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere or the PH-value of the oceans.

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Our Bloggers: Who is who of contributors

Michael Brüggemann is Professor of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication at the University of Hamburg.  He is also the Principal Investigator at the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence „Climate, Climatic Change, and Society“ (CliCCS) 2019-2025. His research explores the transformations of journalism, political and science communication from a comparative perspective. posts by Michael I website and contact 


Shorouk Elkobros is an aspiring science communicator and storyteller. She is pursuing a Masters in “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP. Previously, she had a Bachelor in Physics and professional experience in communications. all posts by Shorouk



Ella Karnik Hinks is currently studying her Masters in Integrated Climate System Sciences at the University of Hamburg. Having achieved her Bachelors in Astrophysics, she is interested in Science Communication, and the interface between scientific knowledge and the public. all posts by Ella



Susan JörgesSusan Jörges is a student of the Master Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg with a Bachelor in Social Sciences. As a student assistant, she is a member of Professor Brüggemann’s team and publishes articles for different media. She is interested in issues about sustainability, health and climate change. all posts by Susan



Hadas Emma Kedar is a PhD student and research assistant at the CLICCS project with Prof. Dr. Brüggemann. She is interested in news reporting in times of crisis, and in her research she compares TV news reporting of Covid-19 in different countries. She has been transitioning to social sciences after bacheloring and mastering in the humanities, namely in media art. Professionally, she taught media art in different institutions and volunteered as a news presenter for the ‘Israeli Social TV’. all posts by Hadas



Joana Kollert is an aspiring journalist currently pursuing a Masters in “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP and working as a student assistant in Prof. Brüggemann’s team. Before that, she studied Oceanography at the University of Southampton, UK. all posts by Joana



Clara NackClara Nack is a student of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Journalism and Media within Globalisation at the University of Hamburg. Previously she has studied Journalism in Denmark and Ireland and graduated with a bachelor in Comparative Literature from the FU Berlin. As a junior researcher she is now a member of Professor Brüggemann’s team, freelancing for different media and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Clara is interested in sustainability, gender equality, digitisation and cultural institutions. all posts by Clara


Christopher Pavenstädt is a PhD student and research assistant at the DFG-cluster CLICCS at the University of Hamburg. His interests include political discourse, climate change/sustainability and social movements. In his research, he focusses on the transformative role of future-related narratives at the interface between climate movements, science and political actors for German and US-climate politics. all posts by Christopher


Louisa Pröschel is currently doing her Master’s degree in Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg. Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is also working as a research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute and her prime field of interest is Science Communication. all posts by Louisa



Felix Schaumann is a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institue for Meteorology and the University of Hamburg. He works on climate-economic issues, and is thereby interested in most issues that are at the intersection of climate change science and society at large. A special focus of his work is on models that aim to connect natural science and economics in the context of climate change, such as integrated assessment models. all posts by Felix I website and contact


Fenja De Silva-Schmidt is coordinating the science communication project at the Hamburg Research Academy. Previously, she worked as a research assistant and received her PhD from the chair of Prof. Brüggemann in Hamburg. During Paris’ climate conference, she coordinated the “Down to Earth” study about the audience’s perceptions of news from the conference. Aside from her scientific activities, Fenja has been working as a freelance journalist. She tweets as @Fen_Ja. all posts by Fenja


Robin Tschötschel

Robin Tschötschel is a postdoctoral researcher in the team of Michael Brüggemann. His research interests lie predominantly in the area of public communication about political and societal aspects of climate change. His focus lies on the nexus of social justice, identity, and climate change, aiming to explore how societies can shape sustainable and just transitions. all posts by Robin I website



Former contributing authors
Max Boykoff, Associate Professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy, University of Colorado-Boulder
Anabela Carvalho, Associate Professor at the Dep. of Communication Sciences, University of Minho, Portugal
Elisabeth Eide, professor of journalism at HiOA (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus), Oslo, writer and journalist
Rebecca Froese, Masters Student of “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP
Reiner Grundmann, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Nottingham (UK)
Jonas Kaiser, Research Associate at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Fellow at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Bastian Kießling, research assistant at the chair of Prof. Neverla in Hamburg, DFG-project “Public Discourses on Climate Change
Manuel Kreutle, Masters student in “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP, student assistant in Prof. Brüggemann’s team
Bienvenido León, associate professor of science journalism and director of the Research Group on Science Communication at the University of Navarra (Spain)
Ines Lörcher, research assistant at the chair of Prof. Brüggemann in Hamburg
Gesa Luedecke, postdoc at the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder
Julia Mandil, Brazilian journalist and Erasmus Mundus MA student in Journalism and Media Across Cultures in Hamburg
Joost de Moor, PhD in political science at the University of Antwerp
Brigitte Nerlich, Professor of Science, Language and Society at the University of Nottingham
Sara Nofri, researcher, an entrepreneurial linguist, a consultant, media analyst, family person and foodie
Feilidh O’Dwyer, journalist working towards his MA in Journalism and Globalisation at the University of Hamburg
Alan Ouakrat, associate researcher at CARISM, the Center of Analysis and Interdisciplinary Research on Media (University Panthéon-Assas, Paris), postdoc at the CREM, Research Centre on Mediations (University of Lorraine)
James Painter, Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University
Warren Pearce, Research Fellow on the University of Nottingham’s Making Science Public programme
Adrian Rauchfleisch, Research Associate at the Department of Science, Crisis & Risk Communication at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich
Markus Rhomberg, professor and chair of political communication at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Germany
Alexander Sängerlaub, researcher and journalist in Berlin, founder and chief editor of the utopian political magazine Kater Demos
Anne Schmitz, master student in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Hamburg
Felix Schreyer, master student in Integrated Climate Sciences at the University of Hamburg
Hans von Storch, director emeritus of the Institute of Coastal Research of the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), professor at the University of Hamburg and professor at the Ocean University of China (Qingdao)
Felicitas Vach, master student in Journalism and Communication at the University of Hamburg
Stefanie Walter, Post-Doc at the Chair of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication of Prof. Brüggemann at the University of Hamburg

Article Overview – Watchblog during COP21

Find here a list of all published blog articles from the Media Watch Blog during COP21.

Journalism at the frontlines of civic action, Anabela Carvalho, 15.12.2015

What Google Trends can tell us about COP21?, Bastian Kießling, 15.12.2015

Two weeks on Twitter: COP21, smoking heads and tweets from outer space, Adrian Rauchfleisch, 14.12.2015

Reflections from Paris, James Painter, 13.12.2015

Civil Society Actors in the #Climatechange Debate, Stefanie Walter, 13.12.2015

Lost on the Road to Paris? The Framing of 2 degree limit 2009-2014, Markus Rhomberg, 12.12.2015

Momentum for carbon pricing is growing (and the private sector is fueling it), Cristina Belda Font, 12.12.2015

Exxon vs The People, Adrienne Russel and Risto Kunelius, 12.12.2015

A climate of change in media coverage?, Gesa Luedecke, 11.12.2015

Bridging the gap: Under-representation and communication between groups at COP21, Rebecca Froese, 11.12.2015

A change in mind (Photo journalism project as a support for #EarthToParis), Anne Schmitz, 10.12.2015

What’s the hold up? The slow transition to renewable energy, Feilidh O’Dwyer-Strang, 10.12.2015

“I Can’t Believe I Still Have To Protest This Sh*t” Seven Days of Climate Change on Reddit, Jonas Kaiser, 09.12.2015

Public meanings in Paris : Analysing Twitter hashtag trends from COP21, Warren Pearce, 09.12.2015

Giving climate change a local connection, Bienvenido Léon, 08.12.2015

Climate justice activism under the ‘state of emergency’, Joost de Moor, 08.12.2015

Climate coverage across cultures: 9 types of media narratives at COP21, Sara Nofri, 07.12.2015

Why there needs to be more public debate on climate change, Felix Schreyer, 06.12.2015

Degrees and vulnerability – A personal account of climate activists at COP21, 05.12.2015, Elisabeth Eide

Ulysses in Paris – Climate narratives and avoiding the siren’s song, 05.12.2015, Reiner Grundmann

Security measures and civil society actions: a (quick) quantitative analysis of a week’s media coverage, 04.12.2015, Alan Ouakrat

Does the mainstream media tell the full story? A critical account of coverage at COP21, 03.12.2015, Max Boykoff

How data journalism is impacting the climate change debate, 02.12.2015, Fenja Schmidt

Was the “failure” of the Copenhagen climate summit key to expected “success” in Paris?, 01.12.2015, Hans von Storch

COP 21: A new chance for common sense and common action?30.11.2015, Brigitte Nerlich

Paris rises after attacks as some Pacific Islands are going under, 30.11.2015, Elisabeth Eide

Time to Move on: The Paris Summit as Opportunity to Develop New Narratives on Climate Change, 29.11.2015, Michael Brüggemann

Expectations for Paris Summit 2015 – What’s at stake?, 28.11.2015, Feilidh O’Dwyer-Strang

Down to Earth

Current publications available for download

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Vote Earth Aktion auf der Klimakonferenz
Several interest groups try to use the climate conference to influence politics and get into the spotlight of public attention (here: climate activists in Copenhagen). © Richard Stonehouse/WWF

The UN climate summits are international public events which receive intense media coverage. In our project “Down to Earth”, we analyse how news from the UN climate conferences in Paris (2015), Katowice (2018) and Madrid (2019) reached and affected citizens.

The first stage of the project (2015-2017) consisted of two related studies with different methodological approaches: a quantitative online panel survey to explore and explain changes in knowledge and attitudes towards climate politics, and a combination of qualitative communication diaries and focus groups to study use and perception of news on climate politics in daily life.

In the second stage of the project (2018-2020), we reran the former second wave of the online panel survey to analyse long-term effects and/or differences between the three conferences concerning their reception.

Duration: 2015-2020

Funding: CliSAP/UHH

Coordination: Fenja De Silva-Schmidt

Contributions (stage 1): Fenja De Silva-Schmidt and Imke Hoppe (University of Hamburg; communication diaries and focus groups); Josephine Schmitt (University of Cologne) and Dorothee Arlt (University of Bern; quantitative survey); Michael Brüggemann (project leadership)

Contributions (stage 2): Daniela Mahl, Lars Guenther, Fenja De Silva-Schmidt, Michael Brüggemann (all University of Hamburg)


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Die jährlich stattfindenden UN-Klimagipfel sind öffentliche Ereignisse unter intensiver Medienbeobachtung.

Zwei zusammenhängende Projekte untersuchen, wie die deutsche Bevölkerung Informationen über die Klimagipfel in Paris (2015), Katowice (2018) und Madrid (2019) erhalten hat und welche Wirkung diese hatten.

In der ersten Projektphase (2015-2017) untersuchte eine dreiwellige quantitative Online-Panel-Befragung, ob sich im Zuge des Klimagipfels Veränderungen in Einstellungen, Wissen und Mediennutzung der Menschen zum Thema Klimapolitik feststellen lassen und wie diese Veränderungen erklärt werden können. Zudem erforschten wir mit einer Kombination aus qualitativen Medientagebüchern und Gruppendiskussionen die Medienaneignung des Themas Klimapolitik im Alltag.

In der zweiten Projektphase (2018-2020) haben wir die Online-Panel-Befragung zu zwei weiteren Zeitpunkten wiederholt, um mögliche Langzeitveränderungen zu messen und Unterschiede in der Rezeption der drei Klimagipfel zu analysieren.

Laufzeit: 2015-2020

Finanzierung: CliSAP/UHH

Koordination: Fenja De Silva-Schmidt

Mitarbeit (Phase 1): Fenja De Silva-Schmidt und Imke Hoppe (Universität Hamburg; Medientagebuch/Fokusgruppen); Josephine Schmitt (Universität Köln) und Dorothee Arlt (Universität Bern; standardisierte Befragung); Michael Brüggemann (Projektleitung)

Mitarbeit (Phase 2): Daniela Mahl, Lars Guenther, Fenja De Silva-Schmidt, Michael Brüggemann (alle Universität Hamburg)

Publikationen: Zusammenfassung der Ergebnisse aus Welle 1/2015 als Working Paper; weitere Veröffentlichungen in englischsprachigen Fachzeitschriften


Editorial Team

Prof. Dr. Michael Brüggemann
Chief editor
M.A. Hadas Emma Kedar
Managing editor







Editorial Assistants

Sam Burton-Weiss • Editing & proofreading

Tabea Kirchner • Proofreading

Jonathan Deupmann • Social media

Emilia Peach • Proofreading

Dr. Fenja De Silva-Schmidt • Interim Managing Editor

Joana Kollert • Former Managing Editor

Dipl. Inf. Remon Sadikni • OMM project developer