“Public understanding of science” is an integral grant-making objective of Gebert Rüf Stiftung and is therefore an activity that accompanies each individual project: The project management undertakes to regard extra-scientific, public communication as part of the scientific project work and to act accordingly. In addition to public relations work directed at the media, two clearly defined commitments are to be met: a school visit and media training.
Public relations work: reference to Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Each project that is supported must include targeted public relations work. This involves publicizing in suitable print and mass media the specific contribution the project is making to solving a socially relevant problem. There is an obligation under the support agreement to mention our project partnership in accordance with clear guidelines wherever appropriate.
Instructions for references
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School visit: project workshop
Each project manager commits to making a research visit to an upper secondary school class prior to the project being completed.
Leaflet for school visits
Media training courses
The project manager, or a project team member appointed by him/her, commits to participate in a one-off intensive further training event. There are various media training courses available in German, French and English. These are offered several times a year in cooperation with the Swiss School of Journalism (MAZ) and the Swiss National Science Foundation in Lucerne and Olten.
Under the support agreement, Gebert Rüf Stiftung will cover the full course costs for one person per project. When enrolling for the course, indicate “Gebert Rüf Stiftung project” and the project number.
MAZ media courses
German: Camera training (1 day); writing training (1 day or 4 half-days); combined writing/camera training (2 days)
English: Camera training (1 day); as of June 2017 combined writing/camera training (2 days)
SNSF media courses
German: Camera training (1 day), writing training (2 days)
French: Camera training (1 day), writing training (2 days)