In August 2018 the German Federal Foreign Office started the “Year of Germany in the US” initiative at an event on historic Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Our own Daniel Angerhausen presented a science slam and answered questions about academic cooperation between the two countries. As someone living in both of these cultures for quite some time it's also a cause close to his heart.
As an multi-cultural team ourselves Explainables we are not only working on science communication alone but also often times a lot on cultural communication. Science is an international endeavor and most of the times teams consist of members from all over the globe with not only different cultural background but also different communication habits.
The #WunderbarTogether initiative started by the German foreign ministry has the goal to improve transatlantic communication between the US and Germany.
One of the goals is to celebrate US-German friendship or as MotherJones provocatively phrased it:
70 Years Ago, America Restored Democracy to Germany. Now Germany Wants to Return the Favor.
The country is launching a $20 million charm offensive to counteract the Trump effect.
As a German-American collaboration - The Explainables are happy to be part of this movement and proud that we could help at the kick-off event. Together on stage with American Briana Applewhite, Explainable Daniel gave a science slam presentation and talked about his experience as German scientist, that spend many years in the US. Special highlight was his meeting with German foreign Minister Heiko Mass. We are looking forward to more events for #WunderbarTogether.