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description Monthly magazine
Area of ​​Expertise popular science
language German
publishing company Konradin publishing house
First edition 1964
Frequency of publication per month
Sold edition 65,305 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Widespread edition 67,965 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Editor-in-chief Andrea Stegemann
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ISSN (print)

Bild der Wissenschaft (spelling: Bild der Wissenschaft , or bdw for short ) is a monthly popular science magazine that was founded in 1964 and is published by the Konradin media group in Leinfelden-Echterdingen . It deals with current developments in research and technology as well as their social and political context.

Founding editor is the physicist and science journalist Heinz Haber . Originally located in the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (DVA), the magazine was taken over by the Konradin publishing group in 2003 . Reiner Korbmann was editor-in-chief between 1989 and 2000 , since 1994 together with Wolfgang Hess ; After Korbmann left, Hess was the sole editor-in-chief until September 2016. His successor was Alexander Mäder. Christoph Fasel has been editor-in-chief since June 2017 . On October 1, 2019, he was replaced by Axel Bojanowski , who also became editor-in-chief by nature . At the beginning of 2020, Andrea Stegemann took over the editor-in-chief.


The focus of bdw is on the natural sciences . The articles deal with topics from biology , medicine , geosciences , astronomy , space travel , psychology , chemistry , physics , mathematics , user-oriented computer science , technology as well as cultural and social sciences . This takes place in the form of reports and news, portraits of researchers, reports and interviews, whereby emphasis is placed on meaningful illustrations.

In the 1970s the direction of the magazine changed. In a regular column , the journalist and futurologist Robert Jungk took a critical and committed look at topics such as nuclear energy, environmental protection, overpopulation, disarmament and peace research. At the same time from 1973/74 discussion rounds and panel discussions were printed under the title "Controversial", at which academics from teaching and research (e.g. universities), scientists and managers from industry, members of parliament and representatives from ministries and authorities were invited by the editorial team participated. The spectrum spanned from the educational reforms of the social liberal era to the beginnings of the ecological movement (atomic energy, air pollution, forest death) to the changed relationship between doctor and patient and the new demands of consumers towards industry.

In 1995 the magazine received the medal for scientific journalism from the German Physical Society (DPG).

Additional activities

In addition to the monthly editions, Bild der Wissenschaft publishes special publications on key topics under the name Bild der Wissenschaft Plus at irregular intervals .

The magazine also organizes and supports the following initiatives and activities:


The online editors of Bild der Wissenschaft existed since 1996 under a daily free science newsletter out, covering the same topics as the print medium.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. see Kressköpfe about Reiner Korbmann, accessed February 1, 2017
  2. Axel Bojanowski becomes editor-in-chief of "bild der Wissenschaft". In: The portal for journalists, August 5, 2019, accessed on September 12, 2019 .
  3. It comes from Spiegel Online: Axel Bojanowski becomes editor-in-chief of Bild der Wissenschaft und Natur , by Marc Bartl Kressköpfe August 5, 2019
  4. Axel Bojanowski becomes the new editor-in-chief of “Bild der Wissenschaft” and “Natur” , Meedia August 5, 2019
  5. ^ Editing - Retrieved February 9, 2020 .