The education initiative Youth presents (Jugend präsentiert) is organizing a congress to explore the topic of “Visual Knowledge in Education and Science”. Set to take place in Berlin in October 2018 and realized in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the congress aims to thoroughly examine and discuss the influence of visuality on teaching and knowledge communication. We strive to bring together state of the art research in the field of visual knowledge and insights from the practical experience of communication and teaching experts. Following this goal, we are inviting scientists, researchers and teachers as well as practitioners in adjacent fields to contribute and collaborate.
Youth presents Congress 2018
||October 25-27, 2018|
||Berlin / Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities|
|deadline for proposals:
||April 15, 2018|
The sharing of knowledge was, for a long time, tightly bound to language: Knowledge was preserved in books or magazines and conveyed through speeches or lectures. Digitalization, however, has led to a strong and widespread surge in the communicative usage of pictures and visualizations, and thus created a new situation: Nowadays, texts are not only illustrated, complemented, or extended by visual elements; knowledge is also increasingly designed visually. As a result, visuality has become an important and, in many ways, guiding aspect of public as well as private communication – which, in turn, also changed our habits of perception.
The consequences of the ‘visual turn’ have only just begun to become palpable – and educational systems as well as businesses and organizations have to adapt to these developments. Being wary of oversimplifying content, academic teaching and educational didactics have traditionally tended to stick to text-based concepts of information sharing; but the increasing significance and momentum of visual communication is beginning to filter through: Schools, for instance, have recently begun to actively turn to visuality. This development is taking place in close connection with an overall switch towards competence-based lessons and an increased appreciation of the communicative value of face-to-face presentations. At the same time, research in the areas of teaching methodology and didactics has started to develop (and continuously refine) new tools and innovative methods of visual knowledge communication. Last but not least, the field of science popularization – using new formats such as explainer videos or Science Slams – has become a driving force for the development of visual information sharing.
Organized by the German education initiative Youth presents (Jugend präsentiert), the congress “Visual Knowledge in Education and Science” aims to be at the intersection of science, education and the public. Starting from a focus on face-to-face presentations as an efficient form of contemporary knowledge communication, we want to unfold a discussion on visual knowledge that brings together various perspectives.
Thus, we invite scientists, teachers and experts in communication as well as representatives of public, educational or societal institutions to contribute and convene in order to tackle the challenges that the development of visual communication poses to education. International perspectives are more than welcome, and we are looking forward to experts from all over the world to share their insights and experiences.