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Prof. Dr. Hannah Schmid-Petri, Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Wissenschaftskommunikation an der Universität Passau.

Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri

Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri is the holder of the Chair of Science Communication at the University of Passau and leads the Fraunhofer “Science Communication” research group, which is based at the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Energy Systems” CINES. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation and of the Bavarian Council of Experts in the Bioeconomy, which advises the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. Before her time in Passau, she was a senior assistant at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bern.

Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri is the holder of the Chair of Science Communication at the University of Passau and leads the Fraunhofer “Science Communication” research group, which is based at the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Energy Systems” CINES. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation and of the Bavarian Council of Experts in the Bioeconomy, which advises the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. Before her time in Passau, she was a senior assistant at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bern.

"In my research I occupy myself mainly with the public discussion of socially controversial issues such as climate change. What interests me most is which social groups gain influence in debates and influence on political decision-making processes, and how that influence can be explained. One particular focus in my research is on the way the conditions of public communication have been changed by digitalisation."

More on her research

Professor Schmid-Petri occupies herself with one of the central challenges of our times: communication of and about scientific and political topics in a new, digitally connected (media) environment. She also examines public debates on various political subjects, such as climate change, and tests methods of automated data analysis in her research. An overview of the main areas of her research

Publications 2019

  • Schmid-Petri, H., Reber, U., Arlt, D., Elgesem, D., Adam, S. & Häussler, T. (accepted). A dynamic perspective on publics and counterpublics: The role of the blogosphere in pushing the issue of climate change during the 2016 US presidential campaign. Environmental Communication.

  • Adam, S., Häussler, T., Schmid-Petri, H. & Reber, U. (accepted for publication). Coalitions and counter-coalitions in online contestation: an analysis of the German and British climate change debate. New Media & Society.

  • Schmid-Petri, H. & Bürger, M. (accepted for publication). Modeling science communication: from linear to more complex models. In M. Dascal, A. Leßmöllmann & T. Gloning (Hrsg.), Handbook of Science Communication. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

  • Schmid-Petri, H. & Adam, S. (accepted for publication). Innovative Methoden der Inhaltsanalyse - automatisierte Verfahren im Fokus. In O. Gabriel, T. Faas & J. Maier (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Wahl- und Einstellungsforschung. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.

Research Stories

Unter anderem auf Windkraft setzt Deutschland bei der Energiewende. Symbolbild: Colourbox

The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Energy Systems” CINES is establishing a research group relating to science communication led by Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri.

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#PassauDPE keynote series: Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri introduces her guest, Professor Philip Leifeld of the University of Essex. He uses new methods of network analysis to visualise the effects of policy networks in public debates on regulation.

Distinguished keynote series on 'Digital Platform Ecosystems' at the University of Passau

In the distinguished keynote series 'Digital Platform Ecosystems (DPE)', internationally outstanding researchers have presented their latest findings.

Demonstrators at a Fridays for Future demonstration hold up colorful climate change signs.

In the pandemic, younger people are making sacrifices out of solidarity with the older generation. Why doesn't that work the other way round in the climate crisis? Student Janina Körber asked researchers at the University of Passau.

Detailansicht von Retweets und Likes auf Twitter: Soziale Medien sind leistungsfähige Plattformen für Kommunikation und Gruppenbildung, sagt Prof. Dr. Hannah Schmid-Petri. Symbolfoto: Symbolfoto: PixieMe, Adobe Stock Adobe Stock

Blocking Trump's Twitter account will not solve the real problem: Hannah Schmid-Petri, Professor of Science Communication, assesses the role of digital media in the current US conflict for the Science Media Center.

Prof. Dr. Hannah Schmid-Petri, Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Wissenschaftskommunikation an der Universität Passau.

Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri is new member of the board of directors of the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation. In this interview, she talks about digitalisation in public discourse and what challenges it brings with it.

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