A member of our institute’s Citizen Science department contributed to the first Lindau Online Sciathon. Carolin Altmann headed a group in the competition tackling the question of how to communicate Climate Change to the wider public. The 48h Sciathon - a scientific adaptation of the more widely known hackathon format - was organized by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Council as part of this year’s Online Science Days. Several Nobel laureates act as patrons, including Elizabeth Blackburn and Brian P. Schmidt. The winning projects of the Sciathon will be announced and presented in front of an online audience with Nobel laureates in attendance.
The group headed by Carolin Altmann proposed harnessing the potential of Citizen Science and Social Media approaches to connect the public and scientific spheres directly. The all-female group – with members from Japan, India, Lebanon, South Africa, Indonesia and Germany, included specialists from diverse fields, including economy, micro- and macrobiology, immunology, astrophysics, cognitive neuroscience and psychology.