"My job offers the fascinating chance to develop new concepts for science outreach and knowledge transfer in a team of colleagues with extremely different professional backgrounds. Although it also involves a lot of administrative work, it has never lost any of its appeal to me."--Ulrich Scheller
Ulrich Scheller is director of the Transparent Lab (Gläsernes Labor) at Berlin-Buch's Biomedical Research Campus . This unique enterprise has the goal of enhancing the broader public's understanding of genetic engineering. The Transparent Lab offers introductory courses in genetics for school classes, science journalists, and interested laypeople and also organizes and develops hands-on science presentations for the Deutsche Technikmuseum Berlin and the Berlin science festival ScienceFair. Another achievement of the lab is the design of a genetic construction set for school education.
Science outreach will be a rapidly growing industry in Germany during the next few years, and it offers interesting career opportunities for young academics with a science background. Says Scheller: "The public demands more transparency from science. However, due to the tremendous increase of knowledge, researchers themselves will hardly be able to cover this growing demand. Instead, in the future professional institutions will take over this function and become mediators between science and the public."