Our partners

On this page we would like to introduce you to some of the institutions with which the Chair of Science Journalism cooperates for specific projects.

Our students are trained at renowned media companies

The Institute of Journalism also cooperates with more than 40 media companies in Germany for the one-year editorial traineeship within its Bachelor programme.

Media Partners


WILO Foundation

WILO Foundation (formerly Caspar Ludwig Opländer Stiftung) has supported the Chair's Franco-German seminar since 2012 as well as our news review project "Medien-Doktor".

The Dortmund-bases familiy foundation was established in 2011. It is a shareholder of WILO SE in Dortmund. The foundation sponsors science, education, culture and sports.


Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Since the summer semester 2011, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has been cooperating with the Chair of Science Journalism. Doctors and lecturers from RUB's Department of Medicine teach medical subjects that are mandatory within the Natural Sciences minor of our Bacelor programme. The curriculum is tailored to the requirements of medical journalists. It was originally developed in cooperation with Witten/Herdecke University.


Université de Strasbourg

"Communication scientifique et technique" is the name of the postgraduate programme at Université de Strasbourg which trains scientists to become communication experts for research news. The course not only opens the door to jobs in science journalism but also in press offices, museums and specialist publishing houses. Since 2006, students from Strasbourg and Dortmund took part in a series of workshop conferences with p


Bertelsmann Foundation

In 2002, the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Bertelsmann Foundation) initiated the "Qualifizierungsprogramm Wissenschaftsjournalismus" (Science Journalism Qualification Programme), a comprehensive package of training and continuing education opportunities for journalists and scientists. The Professor of Science Journalism was involved in the project from the very beginning, both in a consultative capacity as well as in holding seminars. For its part, the Bertelsmann Foundation has funded activities in the Department of Science Journalism since 2005. This has developed into a partnership of trust with the common goal of sustainably upgrading critical, competent science reporting in Germany. When the project came to a close in 2007, the core contents and results were included in a joint publication.


Volkswagen Foundation

The VolkswagenStiftung (Volkswagen Foundation) was the second, major partner involved in the Science Journalism Qualification Programme. In particular, the VolkswagenStiftung supports projects designed to internationalise the science journalism course in Dortmund such as an interdisciplinary education research project involving ten students which was conducted in the context of the EuroScience Open Forum in Munich in July 2006. The VolkswagenStiftung has also provided funding for the evaluation and development of the curriculum for "Medicine for Journalists", which is run in cooperation with Witten/Herdecke University.


Planet Wissen

"Planet Wissen" (Planet of Knowledge) is a dedicated education programme, broadcast daily on WDR TV, focusing on natural science, medicine, history and culture. Since 2007/2008, the editorial department has cooperated with the Department of Journalism. At a very early stage in their studies, joint guidance allows students of journalism and science journalism to produce TV programmes under genuine conditions which then feature in the WDR programme. They also have an opportunity to develop joint ideas for programme concepts. "Planet Wissen" is broadcast on WDR on weekdays from 3 pm-4 pm.


Quarks & Co

WDR's "Quarks & Co" with Ranga Yogeshwar is one of the most popular science formats on German television. Since 2005, the Department of Science Journalism has regularly cooperated with the programme, writing scripts and working on programme concepts.


Fraunhofer-Institut for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI in St. Augustin, near Bonn, conducts research in the field of computer simulations for product and process development, the optimisation of industrial applications, and calculations on high-performance computers. It is a prominent corporate partner in the industrial and science sectors. From 2006 to 2010, the institute cooperated with the Department of Science Journalism on the education research project "European Research Guide / www.science-guide.eu". After attending the European science meeting ESOF 2006 in Munich future science journalists and students of journalism produced a guide to the European research landscape. The experts from Bonn helped the students to create an innovative professional website.


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