Science Comics

For some years now, the communication of scientific methods and findings to a broader public has also been taking new paths. This now includes media formats that had rarely dealt with scientific disciplines before. So-called science comics initially conveyed academic knowledge only to children and young people. Today, however, they are also established for an adult audience - not least due to sophisticated research and design of the picture-text narratives.

A science communication initiative of the Young Academy Fellows

The Young Academy Fellows of the 2020 cohort see the science comic format as an excellent opportunity to present themselves and their research topics to the public. In the course of the project, they reflect on the role of sequential art in representing, condensing and evaluating bodies of knowledge.


Colonial Man-Eaters

Stephanie Zehnle (Historical Studies)

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Associated publications:

  • Stephanie Zehnle 2021: Colonial Man-Eaters. Secret Societies and Murder Trials in British Sierra Leone, Habilitationsschrift, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

  • Stephanie Zehnle 2018: The Liminal Youth between Town and Bush. Humans, Leopards and Initiation in Colonial West Africa. In: Clemens Wischermann / Aline Steinbrecher / Philip Howell (Hg.), Animal History in the Modern City. Exploring Liminality, London: Bloomsbury, S. 161–180. 10.5040/9781350054066.0015

  •  Stephanie Zehnle 2015: Der kolonialistische Comic. Die Genese des „Leopardenmannes“ und die Verbildlichung kolonialer Ängste. In: Closure 2 (Journal für Comicforschung),

Artist: Birgit Weyhe (

Date: 18.06.2021

Philosophy of Quantum Gravity

Niels Linnemann (Philosophy of Physics and Philosophy of Science)

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Associated publications:

  • Linnemann, Niels: Non-empirical robustness arguments in quantum gravity. Studies of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2020). doi: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2020.06.001

  • Linnemann, Niels: On the empirical coherence and the spatiotemporal gap problem in quantum gravity — and why 
    functionalism does not (have to) help. Synthese: SI Spacetime Functionalism (2020). doi: 10.1007/s11229-020-02659-3

  • Linnemann, Niels & Visser, Manus: Hints toward the emergent nature of gravity. Studies of History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2018). Doi: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.04.001

  • Crowther, Karen & Linnemann, Niels: Renormalizability, fundamentality, and a final theory: The role of UV-completion in the search for quantum gravity. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2017). Doi: 10.1093/bjps/axx052

Artist: Moritz Stetter (

Date: 31.05.2021


Bettina Schwab (Neuroscience)

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Associated publication:

  • Bettina C. Schwab, Jonas Misselhorn, Andreas K. Engel, Modulation of large-scale cortical coupling by transcranial alternating current stimulation, Brain Stimulation, Volume 12, Issue 5, 2019, Pages 1187-1196,

Artists: Veronika Mischitz (concept & story), Anna Fuchs (realisation)

Date: 30.06.2021

Environmental protection in war

Anne Dienelt (Law)

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Associated publications:

  • Dienelt, Armed Conflicts and the Environment: Complementing the Laws of Armed Conflict with International Environmental Law and Human Rights Law, Dissertation, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, 2019
  • Dienelt/Oeter, Die Prinzipien der UN Völkerrechtskommission zu „Schutz der Umwelt in Bezug auf bewaffnete Konflikte“ – Eine Erweiterung des Schutzes der Umwelt ohne Änderung des humanitären Völkerrechts?, 143-162, in: Hofmann/Malkmus (Hrsg.), 70 Jahre Genfer Konventionen - Stand und Perspektiven des humanitären Völkerrechts, 2021

Artist: Marlin Beringer (

Date: 31.05.2021

Ethical innovation in AI

Christian Herzog (Ethics of Technology)

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Associated publications:

Artist: Hamed Eshrat (

Date: 17.06.2021

Household waste

Franziska Neumann (Historical Studies)

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Associated publications:

  • The Realm of Cloacina? Excrement in London’s Eighteenth-Century Waste Regime, in: German Historical Institute London Bulletin [im Erscheinen];

  • E is for Excrement, in: Wastiary. Think Pieces. Institute for Advanced Studies, UCL London [im Erscheinen];

  • Entscheidend ist, was hinten raus kommt – Die Sitzung auf dem stillen Örtchen, in: Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte [im Erscheinen]

Artist: Simon Schwartz (

Date: 19.05.2021

What does ethics contribute to the management of social conflicts?

Hermann Diebel-Fischer (Ethics)