Public engagement

AI and society: Exploring possible futures

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Public Engagement Manager

Cyber Storys

Cyber Storys is an AI short story competition for students from grade 7 onwards from Baden-Württemberg. The competition is open to all types of schools. With their ideas and visions, the students provide new impulses for future AI research. The competition begins on April 4, and the submission deadline is June 14, 2022. Cyber Valley will award the prizes at the Stuttgart Science Festival in the summer of 2022. The ideas from the stories will then be fed back to AI researchers. In this way, the visions of young citizens help shape the AI of the future.
To the Cyber Storys Website

AI Makerspace

The AI Makerspace is a joint project of the University of Tübingen, Cyber Valley, the Tübingen Youth Community Council and the Bundeswettbewerb Künstliche Intelligenz (BWKI) of the Tübingen AI Center, funded by the Vector Foundation Stuttgart. The open space in Tübingen’s city center is equipped with laptops, 3D printer, cutting plotter, laser cutter, podcast studio and other work spaces. The focus is on artificial intelligence (AI). Students and young adults can learn programming here, realize their own ideas with or without AI, and receive help with hobby projects. There are also events and discussion rounds with AI researchers. The goal is to promote AI competence among young people.

AI office hours

Once a month, you have the opportunity to meet Cyber Valley researchers and ask your questions about artificial intelligence (AI) at our AI Office Hours. Scientists from various disciplines will provide insights into their research and potential areas of application. The AI office hours are a good way to get first-hand information in a comprehensible way. You don't need to have any prior knowledge about AI. Simply sign up and participate!

AI and journalism: Journalist-in-residence program

During a three- to six-month residency, a science journalist will focus on how AI applications can be used meaningfully for good journalism. The selected journalist is free to choose their topic and question. The pilot program in 2021 featured Christina Elmer, deputy head of development at the weekly news magazine “Der Spiegel”. Currently, Julia Merlot (“Der Spiegel”) is the Cyber Valley journalist-in-residence. The next call for applications will be released in October 2022.

Christina Elmer presented her work and research question on June 24, 2021 at a public lecture. You can watch the entire event here On May 9th, 2022 Julia Merlot talked about her research project:

“Direktdurchwahl”: Straight-talk about AI. The Cyber Valley podcast

This new podcast is all about straight-talk: people from the Stuttgart-Tübingen region are invited to say what they think of AI and confront Cyber Valley researchers with their perspectives. Then, interview guests from the scientific community talk about real challenges in AI research rather than presenting unrealistic visions of the future. What can AI do? What are currently the greatest opportunities and risks in research and development?

If you have a topic suggestion or would like to be interviewed, please send us an email:!

“Direktdurchwahl” is available on, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music/Audible, Google Podcasts, and YouTube.

Cyber Valley on the road

What is artificial intelligence (AI) and what is it exactly that scientists from Stuttgart and Tübingen are researching? How can society participate? And who makes the rules for the use of AI? We address questions like these in our free and bookable workshop and lecture program Cyber Valley on the road for interested citizen groups from the Stuttgart-Tübingen region. Invite our public engagement managers! 
To our workshop program

Public engagement newsletter

Would you like to be kept up to date on our public engagement activities? Here you can sign up for our newsletter. Only available in German.
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Public Engagement Newsletter – July 2022

Events, topics and activities about AI and public engagement
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When the border policeman is an AI

Interview on automated border management systems and the use of AI in migration
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The dialog about AI

Feature about public engagement manager Rebecca Beiter
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Science & Innovation Days 2022

Knowledge creates the future
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New podcast episode: Do children understand AI?

Interview with Makerspace coordinator Gregor Schulte
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“Children can critically reflect on AI”

Interview with Gregor Schulte, Makerspace coordinator
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Public Engagement Newsletter – May 2022

Events, topics and activities about AI and public engagement
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Public Engagement Newsletter – April 2022

Important events, topics and activities about AI and public engagement
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Welcome, Julia Merlot!

Science journalist is new journalist-in-residence
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Direktdurchwahl: New podcast episode online

Interviews with Maria Wirzberger, Matthias Hein and Auguste Schulz
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“Trust is related to communication”

Interview with communication researcher Maria Föttinger
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Cyber Valley project awarded funding

“Wissenschaft im Dialog” promotes AI short story competition Cyber Storys
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