Nature (anti)matters

 - A Short Film Produced by Fellows of European Network AVA

From 15th-19th January 2018, fellows in the European network AVA, in which der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften is a valued partner, attended a media training school organized by Carbon Digital and AVA Coordinator Prof Carsten Welsch at one of the UK’s premium creative hubs, MediaCityUK. The main aim was to boost the wider communication skills of the early stage researchers in this pan-European network on antimatter research and to efficiently communicate research.

During the week, the fellows developed the skills required to storyboard, script, film and produce their very own project video: AVA – Nature (anti)matters.

Prof Welsch said, “The week began with an overview of the creative process, followed by preproduction. Our fellows learned how storyboards and scripts were created and how one decides on the overall ‘look and feel’ of a film. Once this was completed, they started green screen filming and everyone had the opportunity to film and be filmed for the video. They recorded sections of the script relating to their specific work package, and then decided who would star in the final version of the film.”

This unique training school has introduced the AVA fellows to the creative and technical processes behind modern media production. Throughout their careers, researchers are expected to promote and advertise their research using professional media techniques. However, most researchers never receive media training throughout their careers. This new training addresses this problem and shall now be offered to other student cohorts. OEAW has been a partner in the AVA project since the start and is committed to enhancing the employability of the AVA fellows.

The AVA film can be viewed on YouTube.

AVA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721559.