The scientists at the Kavli Institute take part in various activities for communicating science to the public. The tools of the trade for communicating within the science community, like peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, are not good sources of knowledge for the public. Rather it’s through popular media, like online video platforms, television, social media, radio, podcasts, newspapers and magazines, as well as popularized talks and debates taking place in the public, that the majority of citizens gain knowledge and advice about science.
Popular science communication demands a translation of both complexity, language and dissemination form, without compromising central scientific aspects. By explaining scientific relationships in a straight-forward language and contextualizing scientific facts within issues of public interest and concern, our scientists aim at not only translating information and facts into publicly accessible knowledge and understanding, but also at providing a vocabulary that allows the broader public to engage in and join discourses about local and global issues that involve both risks and benefits, and in which every citizen is a stakeholder.
These insights represent the fundament for the institute's public outreach activities and science communication plan.
Starmus represents an innovative approach to boosting public understanding of science, inviting citizens to engage with and participate in scientific discourses, by bringing together the very best of science and art into a weeklong popular science dissemination festival. The festival is pulling thousands of visitors, and is covered by major media houses across the world.
In 2016 Edvard Moser participated in the Starmus festival III held in Tenerife, with a popular science lecture on grid cells. Edvard and May-Britt Moser have since been instrumental in bringing the Starmus initiative to Trondheim (2017).
"The Grand Narrative" is an animated story about how we find our way in the environment, and why navigation is essential for life.
See the animation "The Grand Narrative"
Into Whiteness is a story of how your ability to find your way in the environment and to remember your history, arise from activity in neural circuits deep within your brain. It is also the story of what happens when these neurons that underpin memory and navigation start dying in Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about Into Whiteness
New York Times A Sense of Where You Are
Neurosciencestuff A "light switch" in the brain illuminates neural networks
Science Magazine Beam me up, Ratty
Science news Meet 10 scientists who are making their mark
The Guardian How the brain navigates: science Nobel prize special (podcast, 52:20)
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience A journey into the entorhinal cortex (video, 2:51)
Körber Prize May-Britt and Edvard Moser – Winner of the Körber European Science Prize 2014 (video, 9:29)
Skavlan Medicinpriset Maj-Britt och Edvard Moser hos Skavlan (video, 10:56)
New York Times A Brain's GPS (video, 6:47)
Edvard Moser's Nobel Lecture Grid Cells and the Entorhinal Map of Space
May-Britt Moser's Nobel Lecture Grid Cells, Place Cells and Memory