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Stay Curious: Carlsberg Foundation launches new video series

What happened to all the antimatter in the world? How can we differentiate between information and misinformation in digital universes? And what will the relationship between robots and humans look like in the future? In the new video series ‘Stay Curious’, which was launched yesterday, some of the Carlsberg Foundation’s high-profile researchers reveal the latest scientific advances and update all those who are interested on what we know – and what the researchers are still in the process of resolving.

The videos, primarily aimed at young people with an interest in science, was launched yesterday afternoon at an event at H.C. Ørsted Secondary School in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, in the company of Tommy Ahlers, Minister for Higher Education and Science, and Professor Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation. Students will watch excerpts from the videos, after which Carlsberg Foundation Semper Ardens researchers Professor Vincent F. Hendricks and Professor Jacob Friis Sherson will discuss the videos with them.

Stay Curious

• 7 stories about various research topics
• 7 researcher portraits
• 7 talks

The Stay Curious series so far comprises 21 well-produced videos. In seven of the videos, the researchers talk briefly and “to the point” about a single research theme. A further seven videos comprise short portraits of the researchers in which they talk about what inspired them to go into research and other matters. These two video formats both last around three minutes. The series is completed by seven longer interviews (10-30 minutes) with the researchers. The Stay Curious series has been produced in English with Danish subtitles.

Need for new forms of communication for young people

The purpose of the Stay Curious video series is primarily to capture the attention of young people in particular and arouse their curiosity about science and its importance. The video formats address a growing need to develop new forms of communication in an ever more fragmented media reality where it is difficult to penetrate the untold quantities of information to which we are exposed on diverse media platforms. Among other things, the series deploys concise, easy-to-understand language with visual effects that are particularly appealing to young people, who get much of their information on YouTube and similar platforms. As such, the videos are an attempt to reach out to young people in a format with which they are already familiar from their activities on digital platforms.

The Stay Curious videos were made in connection with the production of the documentary film Almost Human, directed by Jeppe Rønde, which will have its world premiere on Thursday 21 March as part of CPH:DOX – the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. The Carlsberg Foundation has supported Almost Human, which is an essayistic and visually imaginative film about science and the state of the world that also features the seven researchers who appear in the videos. The videos are based on an idea proposed by Keld Reinicke, digital media adviser and former head of programming at TV 2. They are high-quality, professional productions that present science with a special aesthetic elegance.

Who features?

The videos feature the following researchers, all of whom are, or have been, recipients of Semper Ardens grants from the Carlsberg Foundation:

Professor Jacob Friis Sherson (physicist, Aarhus University)
Professor Andreas Roepstorff (brain researcher, Aarhus University)
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning (biologist, Aarhus University)
Professor Jeffrey S. Hangst (physicist, Aarhus University)
Professor Vincent F. Hendricks (philosopher, University of Copenhagen)
Professor Kirsten Hastrup (anthropologist, University of Copenhagen)
Professor Johan Peter Uldall Fynbo (astronomer, University of Copenhagen)

Background to the videos

The Carlsberg Foundation brews knowledge for an enlightened future. Pursuant to its charter, the Foundation supports outstanding basic research within the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences that increases our understanding of ourselves, each other and the world, and helps resolve some of today’s major global challenges in a rapidly changing world.

However, the Carlsberg Foundation also works to promote interest in science and its importance for society, not least among the young people who will be at the forefront of research in the future. In order to inspire and arouse curiosity in young potential research talents, we asked high-profile researchers to explain complex subject matter in an easy-to-understand, short and concise form through the medium of video. The videos, using a language and form with which young people are familiar, pique curiosity about science. The videos are suitable for everyone but intended for use primarily in school classes.

The videos are freely available in a special universe on the Carlsberg Foundation’s website:

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