Workshop "Risk Communication on Artificial Intelligence"

There is hardly any other field of research that is caught between hysteria and hype as the research on artificial intelligence. How do we react on critical questions as researchers? How do we deal with unrealistic expectations?

Schedule of the workshop

This workshop will focus on young researchers. Led by experienced professors of the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik), they are trained to communicatively deal with critical topics and questions. In practical exercises, they strengthen their communication skills and sharpen their awareness of what effective risk communication is about as well as which opportunities the dialogue with the public provides.

The workshop takes places between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and addresses, amongst others, the following topics:

  • Critical topics in the field of AI research/ AI in the media
  • Communicating in a target group-oriented way
  • Communicating in a scientifically accurate but generally understandable way

Subsequent to the workshop, there will be the opportunity for individual participants  to express their prepared opinion live on camera until approx. 6:00 p.m. These clips will be published later on, in order to communicate the findings provided in the workshops to a wider public.

The workshop is free of charge, however a registration is required.  The link to the registration form can be found at the end of this page.

Team of professors

  • Eva Wolfangel is a renowned science journalist with a focus on artificial intelligence.
  • Klaus Wingen is an expert in risk and crisis communications at the NaWik and also provides his expertise from journalism as well as public relations.

What is RIKI?

RIKI takes place in the framework of the Year of Science 2019, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) The offer is therefore free of charge!
The aim is to work out with young AI researchers, how the communication on potentially critical AI topics can be successful. For this purpose, there will be organised workshops at six established AI research hotspots in Germany. Individual participants of the workshops can subsequently express their key messages developed in the workshop in front of the camera for the RIKI YouTube channel. Thus, a collection of well-conceived answers to classical questions about AI will be made available to the public.  Project partners are the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology.

At two of the six locations, there will also be public discussions, in which leading as well as young researchers can enter into dialogue with the public. The findings will conclusively be summarised in a compendium on AI communication.

Event details

30. April 2019 - 30. April 2019, 09:00 - 17:00
Event location
FZI House of Living Labs, 1. OG
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Straße 5a
76131 Karlsruhe
Contact person
Johanna Häs