Social Media and Climate Change – SoMeCliCs

Which role does social media play in the societal discussion about climate change. What skills are required to distinguish facts from fake news? And how can we promote these skills in school education? These questions will be answered at the "Social Media and Climate Change" symposium.

  • The symposium is for experts who want to get together and discuss the latest results.
  • Everyone interested in the subject is invited to the keynote lecture, where theparticipants of the symposium will contribute their expertise.

Keynote Lecture

The interested public is invited to the keynote lecture to find out about the status of the discussion on these topics. In addition to a general introduction to the SoMeCliCs research project, a presentation will address the overlap between climate change and social media. Finally, the findings will be classified in a panel discussion.

The keynote lecture will take place on the 9th of March 2023 from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. in the Leibnizhaus in Hanover and is aimed at anyone who would like to find out more about the topic of climate change in social media. Interested researchers can also register for the associated symposium on the following day.

The lectures will be held in English. The participation in the keynote lecture is free of charge.
For better planning, we ask for your registration by the 06th of March 2023.

Schedule | Keynote Lecture

  • Thursday, 09.03March 2023

    From 16:00

    Internal opening

    Dr. Alexander Büssing Institute of Science Education, Leibniz University Hannover

    Official opening

    Prof. Dr. Sascha Schanze Director Leibniz School of Education (LSE), Leibniz University Hannover

    Climate change in social media: Investigating usage, literacies, and interventions in SoMeCliCS
    Dr. Alexander Büssing Institute of Science Education, Leibniz University Hannover

    Informed trust decisions as key to competently Informing oneself in digital contexts
    Dr. Friederike Hendriks Technische Universität Braunschweig

    Climate Change in Social Media: A Perspective for Science Education

    Nadja Belova (Moderation), University of Bremen, Germany
    Thomas Schubatzky, University of Innsbruck, Austria
    Kerstin Kremer, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany
    Hannes Balk, Fridays for Future Hannover, Germany
    Shakked Dabran, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
    Jonas Wagner, Lutherschule Hannover, Germany

    Informal get-Together

Register now for the keynote lecture: We look forward to your participation



The symposium is aimed at people with expertise and researchers in the field of social media and climate change. It will take place on Friday, the 10th of March 2023 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Königlicher Pferdestall). We invite all participants to also take part in the keynote lecture on Thursday. After the lectures, there will be a welcome reception exclusively for the participants of the symposium.

Since the conference has an international audience, we have chosen English as the conference language - all presentations will be held in English. In addition to the lectures, the focus will be on the mutual exchange. Interested people can submit their poster at any time (see below).

Since the number of participants is limited, your participation is only binding after receiving the confirmation of participation.

Register now for the symposium: We look forward to your participation. The number of participants is limited to 50 people.

Schedule Symposium

  • Thursday, 09 March 2023

    From 04.00 pm
    Registration in the foyer of the Leibnizhaus

    04.30 pm
    Openingof the Symposiums (Hannah-Arendt-Saal)

    07.10 pm
    Opening night (Hannah-Arendt-Saal)

  • Friday, 10.March 2023

    Opening and overview

    A1) Kresin et al.: Credibility criteria
    A2) Dabran et al.: Conspiracy theories about climate change
    C5) Grothaus et al.: Labs4Future

    Coffee break

    D1) Upadhyaya et al.: Students or AI?
    D2) Taibi & Fulantelli.: Information Distortion
    B3) Bortolluzzi: Plant representation in social media

    Poster session and discussions


    B1) Pfeiffer et al.: Review of relevant literacies
    B2) Zilz & Höttecke.: Science Media Literacy
    B4) Dorsch: Digitality for Fut.

    Coffee break

    C1) Siegmann et al.: Prerequisites for Intervention
    C2) Schubatzky et al.: Inoculation Theory
    C3) Belova: Overview on Literacy Interventions
    C4) Schlamelcher & Fögele: Social digital participation

    Wrap up and outlook 17:00 End of symposium

Submission of posters

While lectures for the SoMeCliCS symposium on Friday, March 10, 2023, were already submitted, there is still the opportunity to submit posters on the topic of social media and climate change.

Poster contributions can be registered until February 22, 2023 in form of a short abstract of max. 150 words (excl. title, references). Please send the abstract to Catharina Pfeiffer. The abstract and poster contributions should be written in English. Posters have to be prepared in DIN A0 format and brought to the symposium in printed form..


Königlicher Pferdestall
Appelstraße 7
30167 Hannover


Leibnizsaal im Leibnizhaus
Holzmarkt 4 - 6
30159 Hannover


Plan your journey:
Directions to Leibniz Universität Hannover


Project funding

The project started in July 2021 and will be ongoing until June 2024. We are thankful for the funding of the Volkswagen Stiftung and the Niedersächsische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (MWK) in the line Niedersächsisches Vorab.