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Sciencestarter, One World One Lab

Sciencestarter, One World One Lab

The world of science is huge. Let’s make it a little smaller. Let’s travel to the labs of the world. With your help I will shoot 8 video documentaries about scientists from di...

Braunschweig Science
Christian Stern
Christian Stern
2,419 €
2,000 € Funding goal
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Funding period 21.11.2012 12:17 Uhr - 26.01.2013 23:59 Uhr
Funding goal 2,000 €
City Braunschweig
Category Science
The world of science is huge. Let’s make it a little smaller. Let’s travel to the labs of the world. With your help I will shoot 8 video documentaries about scientists from different parts of the planet. How comparable are our lives at work and in private in the light of our traditional, cultural and religious differences?

What is this project all about?

Science is awesome, not only because of the work, but also because of the international exchange.

I think there is hardly any other field of work where you can meet so many nationalities, different cultures and languages. I enjoyed it very much to be with so many different people (my research institutes includes more than 40 nations) and it was always my strong wish to understand the cultural background of my friends and colleagues. But while many different ideas and traditions can enrich your live a lot, others might be more difficult to understand and accept.
Even if you work together with people for a long time it is still difficult to really understand someones culture. Like one of my lab mates used to say: Its like you cant imagine a blooming landscape in Asia by just holding one of these flours in your hands in Germany. There is still a lack of cultural knowledge that many times gives us a hard time accepting eachother.

This is what I want to address with my project. You have to be in a country to understand it or at least youll understand it better. So, I will start at the place that we share: a science lab. I'm curious about the things we have in common, but even more important, I want to learn about the differences in every day lab life and in private life. My video documentaries should be windows into the home culture of our foreign colleagues. And in the end they'll help to understand each other better and seed more acceptance for every kind of cultural difference.

The things I would like to know about scientific work in foreign countries are:
Structure of scientific institutes, hierarchy, funding, scientific equipment, possibilities, salary, job opportunities in science and industry, international exchange of ideas, public acceptance&
What I will not focus on:
The lab life in general will be in focus, not the individual research projects and results.
In the same time I want to understand the cultural and social things:
Culture, religion, gestures, traditional rules, role of family, social interactions, food, sports&
And in some countries some more aspects are interesting:
Freedom of speech, science in times of revolution&

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

As described above, with my documentaries I want to open a window into the home country of many of our colleagues. It will give you the possibility to see how people do science in other countries and why they are how they are. In the end this will hopefully increase peoples acceptance for differences and encourage people to be more curious about their foreign colleagues. The audience of my videos can be the whole scientific world and even for people from other fields it will be interesting since I wont focus on complex research data.
The countries on my travel route will be: Germany, India, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Jordan, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Columbia and Ecuador. The route is not 100% fixed yet and I might change it a little.

My goal is to shoot at least 8 videos about 8 people from different countries. I will be with them for 1 or 2 days and I am curious about their lifes. The videos will include things around their lab and their cities, homes aso. But of course I depend on my interview partners. I have contacts to universities and research institutes of half of these countries already and will do all I can to increase this number.

I will start my trip on th 10th of January 2013 and in the beginning of February I will shoot the first video in Mumbai/India...

Due to the political situation in Israel in the moment I might have to reconsider my route.

All videos will be made in English language, since the scientific community speaks English and everybody has easy access to it. Please forgive me if my English is not 100% correct sometimes. Im not a native speaker :-)

Why would you support this project?

You should support me, because this project is unique. So far most of us havent been to the countries I'm going to visit. Most of us have no idea of how the conditions for researchers are in Asia and South America. Please give me the possibility to share all the experiences Ill make :-)

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded? 

In the last 2 years I saved all the money I could get for this journey. In the same time my idea about visiting scientists in every country Ill travel trough grew and grew. In the end it evolved into a movie project :-). Besides the flights and my every day expenses during travelling which I can cover myself, I need to improve my camera and digital sound recording equipment.
My current calculations: 800 for the whole hardware and software equipment (Camcorder, memory cards, spare battery, wide angle lens, external microphones) and 150 for my expenses for each of the 8 videos. Furthermore I need sufficient online data storage. Most of the cutting will be done afterwards and I might need some professional help.

As I said, you will not have to finance my travelling, just the costs for the project! If I should get more money, I might be able to shoot more videos :-)
And as always: If the funding of the project will not be successful you will get your money back. No risk for you!

Who are the people behind the project?

My name is Christian Stern and I worked in science for 5 years. This year I finished my PhD thesis in cancer immunology in Braunschweig, Germany. At my research institute (Helmholtz Center for Infection Research) I met many foreigners who were fantastic colleagues and became good friends. Ever since I was interested in cultural exchange and Im experienced in travelling. Via my colleagues here I also have contacts to many of the institutes I want to see.

Of course Im not a professional cameraman, but I know how to use my gear. I can promise that I will get the best out of my equipment. I will use a Canon Legria HFM506 Camcorder + external microphones for a clean sound during interviewing.

My two team members here in Germany will take care for the online data storage, the project blog and the email contacts with the scientists I will meet if I should be in regions with no internet or otherwise temporarily unavailable.

I really want to do this project and I can't imagine anyone better than me doing it ;-) Thanks for your support!

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Check out my website for all further info: http://oneworldonelab.net/


FAQs: How long are you going to travel: January 10th – August 2013 (=~8 month, not 100% fixed yet) What is the money for: The 2.000€ are only for the project (camera + sound equipment +expenses while interviewing), not for my travelling! My travel money I saved during the last 2 years and I’ll cover flights, accommodation, food by myself. Funding: If the funding is not to 100% successful (less than 2.000€), all supporters will get their money back! I will only get the money if the funding is to 100% successful. I won’t have access to the money until the funding period is over (23.01.13). Will their be free access to the videos?: Of course! That’s the idea behind this. They will all be on youtube and on a blog or homepage that are I will create for it. How to donate: Chose the donation you like on the right side or enter an amount. Then quickly register. Unfortunately this site is available only in German. This should help all non-Germans (The screen shot is from another site but has same content): http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/1228/donationenglish2.jpg After registration you can pay via PayPal, Credit card and bank transfer from all countries (English: http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/933/donationenglish1.jpg ) Thank you!


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