Carsten Könneker

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Carsten Könneker (born February 15, 1972 in Leverkusen ) is a German science journalist , science communicator and science sponsor. He is the managing director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation . From 2010 to 2019 he was editor-in-chief of the science portal and the magazine Spektrum der Wissenschaft ; From 2004 to 2019 he was editor-in-chief of the science magazine Brain & Spirit . In addition, from 2012 to 2018 he held the chair for science communication and science research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology .

Carsten Könneker (2014)


Könneker studied Physics (Diploma 1998) as well as German Philology , Philosophy and Art History (Magister Artium 1997) at RWTH Aachen University , the University of Cologne , the University of Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand II and the Washington University in St. Louis . In 2000 he received his doctorate at the University of Cologne with the thesis Dissolution of Nature, Dissolution of History on the influence of the popular scientific reception of modern physics on the literature of the Weimar Republic and the emergence of National Socialism. In his dissertation, Könneker endeavored to demonstrate a significant influence of physics on National Socialist ideology and politics, which was controversially discussed.

After completing his dissertation, Könneker started as a junior manager of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group at Spektrum der Wissenschaft ( Heidelberg ) in 2000 . In 2001/02 he played a key role in the development of the science magazine Brain & Mind , which he was editor-in-chief from January 2004 to September 2019. In 2007 he founded the scientific blog portal SciLogs and the magazine epoc . In September 2010, Könneker was appointed by the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group as editor-in-chief of the magazine Spektrum der Wissenschaft and the web portal . In 2011 the first issue of the children's magazine Spektrum neo was published , for which he was awarded the Werner and Inge Grüter Prize for Science Education in 2012. Könneker also developed the popular science magazine Spektrum Psychologie , which he himself headed from 2018 to 2019 as the founding editor. In addition to his work at Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Könneker was also active as an editor and author.

From 2012 to 2018, Könneker also held a W3 professorship for science communication and science research at KIT . From 2012 to 2015 he was also the founding director of the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik) funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation . Since October 28, 2019, Könneker has been managing director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

Könneker is a member of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (Heidelberg) and the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (Heidelberg). From 2008 to 2013 he was chairman of the board of trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig). Since 2010 he has been a member of the jury of the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism , since 2013 a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for University Development and since 2016 a member of the jury of the State Research Prize Baden-Württemberg .



  • Communicate science. A manual with many practical examples. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2012, ISBN 978-3-527-32895-6 .
  • "Dissolution of nature - dissolution of history". Modern novel and NS “Weltanschauung” under the sign of theoretical physics. JB Metzler, Stuttgart et al. 2001, ISBN 3-476-45262-X (also: Cologne, university, dissertation, 2000).

Edited volumes

  • Fake or fact? Science, truth and trust. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg 2018, ISBN 978-3-662-56316-8 .
  • Our digital future. What world do we want to live in. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg 2017, ISBN 978-3-662-53836-4 .
  • Who explains to people? Brain researchers, psychologists and philosophers in dialogue (= Fischer pocket books 17331 Brain & Spirit ). Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2006, ISBN 3-596-17331-0 .
  • Culture and science during the transition to the “Third Reich”. Tectum, Marburg 2000, ISBN 3-8288-8120-3 .

Selected articles and book contributions

  • with Philipp Niemann and Christoph Böhmert: Young Researchers and Science Communication: Results of an Extensive Survey In: January 30, 2019, accessed June 26, 2019 .
  • with Philipp Niemann and Christoph Böhmert: Less appreciation, less commitment. On the situation of science communication in Germany. In: Research and Teaching. 10/2018, pp. 870-872.
  • Trust, distrust, social media - conclusions from the Science Barometer 2018. In: September 27, 2018, accessed October 10, 2018 .
  • with Philipp Niemann: Who is marching there - and for what? Results of a non-representative survey study on participation in the “March for Science” in Germany. In: April 24, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2018 .
  • Science communication in networked publics. In: H. Bonfadelli, B. Fähnrich, C. Lühtje, J. Milde, M. Schäfer, M. Rhomberg (eds.): Research field science communication. Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2016, pp. 453–476 DOI: 10.1007 / 978-3-658-12898-2_24 .
  • Copenhagen Interpretation versus Multiverse. Narrative physics in Juli Zeh's novel 'Schilf'. In: Contemporary literature. 14, 2015, pp. 103-120.
  • With Beatrice Lugger: Public Science 2.0 - Back to the Future. In: Science. Vol. 342, no. 6154, October 4, 2013, pp. 49-50. doi: 10.1126 / science.1245848
  • Show your face in the digital world. Science communication via the Internet. In: Research & Teaching. 8/2012, pp. 662-663.
  • Between truth and fiction. Technical catastrophes conveyed by journalists. In: Rudolf Drux (Ed.): Unleashed forces. Technology catastrophes and their communication (= Inklings Yearbook for Literature and Aesthetics. Volume 25). Brendow, Moers 2007, ISBN 978-3-86506-232-1 , pp. 92-106.
  • "Disastrous for bourgeois brains". Theory of Relativity and Volkish Propaganda in the Weimar Republic. In: Michael Hagner (Ed.): Einstein on the Beach. The physicist as a phenomenon (= Fischer pocket books 16515). Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2005, ISBN 3-596-16515-6 , pp. 79-95.
  • The age of complementarity. Modern physics as a reference for postmodern tolerance. In: Christine Maillard (Ed.): Littérature et théorie de la connaissance. 1890-1935. (= Literature and epistemology. ). Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg 2004, ISBN 2-86820-262-4 , pp. 141-157.
  • Duplicates, ULOs and human upgrades: novel literature under the sign of the new biotechnology. In: Contemporary literature. Volume 1, 2002, ISSN  1617-8491 , pp. 134-154.
  • "Inconsistencies and absurdities". On the vulgarization of the theory of relativity in the 2nd and 3rd decade of the 20th century. In: Christine Maillard, Michael Titzmann (eds.): Literature and knowledge (sciences) 1890–1935. Metzler, Stuttgart et al. 2002, ISBN 3-476-45282-4 , pp. 51-72.
  • Space of timelessness. Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain and the theory of relativity. In: Thomas Mann Yearbook. Volume 14, 2001, ISSN  0935-6983 , pp. 213-224.
  • Harry Potter - a new classic in children's and youth literature. In: Praxis Deutsch. Volume 27 (= Issue 161), May 2000, ISSN  0341-5279 , pp. 7-9.
  • Modern science and modern poetry. Hermann Broch's contribution to the settlement of the "basic crisis" of mathematics. In: German quarterly for literary studies and intellectual history. Volume 73, 1999, ISSN  0012-0936 , pp. 319-351.
  • Hermann Broch's unknown size. In: Orbis Litterarum. Volume 54, 1999, ISSN  0105-7510 , pp. 439-463.
  • Hermann Broch's reception of modern physics. Quantum Mechanics and “Unknown Quantity”. In: Journal for German Philology. Volume 118, 1999, ISSN  0949-1678 , pp. 205-239.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Imprint of the Klaus Tschira Foundation ; accessed on October 28, 2019.
  2. ^ A b Ulrich Kühne: Science and Weltanschauung - Aunt Bibi in space . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. February 4, 2002. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  3. a b review of the dissertation
  4. a b Peter Mittelstaedt : From Einstein to Hitler: A history of the impact of modern physics . Spectrum of Science , September 3, 2001. Accessed January 9, 2014.
  5. a b Kersten Knipp: Dissolution of nature, dissolution of history . In: Deutschlandfunk book market. September 10, 2002. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  6. For “Spektrum neo”: Carsten Könneker is awarded the Werner and Inge Grüter Prize for Science Communication 2012. at; Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  7. Ideal enemy image: How the Nazis misused Einstein for their own purposes. In: Spiegel Online . January 19, 2005, accessed January 9, 2014 .
  8. Carsten Könneker on the KIT website
  9. Interview with Carsten Könneker about his time as a professor in Karlsruhe
  10. Press release from the Klaus Tschira Foundation
  11. Imprint of the Klaus Tschira Foundation ; accessed on October 28, 2019.
  12. Board of Trustees MPI for Medical Research
  13. Board of Trustees MPI for Nuclear Physics
  14. CHE advisory board
  15. ^ Elke Maier: Researcher - German, German - Researcher. (PDF) In: MaxPlanckResearch 2/2012. August 1, 2012, accessed October 12, 2018 .
  16. ^ Marion Katharina Millrose: Communicating science. In: biospektrum. January 31, 2007, accessed October 12, 2018 .
  17. Simone Heinrich: Könneker: Science communicate. In: PR Journal. June 4, 2012, Retrieved October 12, 2018 .
  18. What is science communication? - A book review. In: Science communicates (blog). July 8, 2012, accessed January 9, 2014 .
  19. How should science communicate in order to build trust, Mr. Könneker? In: July 11, 2018, accessed October 12, 2018 .
  20. Ina Schlücker: The digital future. In: IT-Zoom. August 2, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2018 .
  21. Much neuro, little criticism. In: January 31, 2007, accessed February 23, 2016 .