Public outreach is a crucial part of our work. One major component is the JollesLab youtube channel (link) and website and blog (jollejolles.com), which I use to document and update the public about our on-going research, discuss the different aspects of academia, provide coding tutorials, and give insights into the life of a Behavioural Ecologist. I also contribute to science festivals, like the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft, here at the University of Konstanz, and have given a number of public interviews for radio and the very popular Naked Scientists Podcast, and our research has appeared on a couple tv shows.
I am also always looking for opportunities to work together with non-scientists to showcase animal behaviour, which has let to some exciting projects of the years. During my PhD I worked together with a film maker and musician to collaborate on a musical performance to explore the boundaries of music, science and art called “Triggers and Tresholds“, including a theatre performance (see 1min part below), a song about animal personalities (see below), and a number of video shorts about my work.
“What’s your personality”, a song by Professional Musician Jens Bouttery, inspired by his visits to my lab.
In 2018 I received a public engagement grant of the Zukunftskolleg to set up a collaboration with Toer, a Dutch design studio known for their curiosity-driven work and interactive art installations. As part of our collaboration we have created an interactive light installation called School of Lights, which was exhibited during the international Dutch Design Festival 2018. With this project the aim was to not only inform and educate the public about collective behaviour but to inspire and make science accessible in a playful way.
School of lights, an interactive light installation I have developed with Studio Toer. A group of lights swarm like a school of fish, avoiding people that come to near as if a real predator.