My research as video

Im Rahmen des  WTZ Ost Trainingsprogramms KommunikationsHub: Meine Forschung als Video hatten Nachwuchswissenschafter_innen verschiedener Disziplinen von März bis Juni die Möglichkeit, mit professioneller Unterstützung kurze Video über ihre Forschungsprojekte zu produzieren.

In Kooperation mit OKTO wurden fünf ausgewählten Forscher_innen-Teams Expert_innen zur Seite gestellt, die sie Schritt für Schritt durch den Prozess der Videoproduktion begleitet haben. Die Teams bekamen Einblicke in die Arbeit eines Wissenschaftsredakteurs und lernten in Workshops die Prinzipien der Formatentwicklung, des visuelles Storytellings sowie der Film- und Schnitttechnik kennen. Am Ende entstanden fünf spannende Kurzfilme zur Forschung aus den Lebens-, Natur- und Sozialwissenschaften.

Die erste Ausstrahlung der Kurzfilme ist am Mittwoch, den 5. Juli 2017, um 20:35 Uhr auf OKTO.

Smell sensing 2.0: Towards an electronic nose using graphene based bioelectronics

By combing the world of electronics with biology we aim towards the realization of a versatile, portable, point-of-care biosensor platform that can ultimately smell disease such as cancer in exhaled breath and analyze bodily fluids for pathogens, thus enabling an early detection warning system.

„We really grew with the project and learned a lot about storytelling and video production. It started out as a relatively simple idea in our head and soon developed into a very complex project that needed to be well coordinated and planned. The highlight of course was the shooting and to see how all the puzzle pieces were put together in front of the camera and later in the cutting room. (Johannes Bintinger, Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry, Technical University of Vienna)

Labeled Metabolites: Fight Against Error

The environmental analysis group at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna developed a green technology to produce 13C labeled metabolites and lipids from yeast. This innovative in vivo labeling approach reduces errors in mass spectrometry based quantifications significantly and resulted in the foundation of the University spin-off ISOtopic solutions.

„Our Experience as film makers was something completely new… At first we thought we do not have any idea how to present such a complicated research dealing with isotope dilution to increase accuracy in quantification processes using mass spectrometry.  We are analytical chemists and the description of our research sounds sometimes a little bit less fancy and we knew from our previous experience that we easily loose people while telling them that we are actually doing. In the first meeting at Okto we discussed what should be the logline of the film, we really could not agree, but Barbara Eppensteiner came up with an easy one: Fight Against Error and we stuck to it for the film. Afterwards, it was about finding a suitable story. We had a very interesting media training with Markus Mooslechner, who gave us some basic tools how to write the Story of the Hero. Using these very simple pattern our whole research could be expressed much easier. We only thing missing after that was how to present the error we want to fight, we asked ourselves what is our protagonist? We were thinking of a tumble weed, error bars in an excel sheet etc. And in the end we found something, we took the picture of the falling king, which came to my mind as I am a hobby chess player.  We also got some nice feedback by the group of other filmmakers, who came from completely different disciplines such as social sciences and even were able to understand our story. Using the experienced help of Roland and Evi, we finally started the actual filmmaking process after the whole planning procedure. We could immediately see that filmmaking itself is a research-we even found a lot of research and video production parallels  with Roland and Evi-  and at the same time we learned that filmmaking is an art putting together the right gut feeling, light, sound and experience. Evi had the great idea to use a time lapse of our laboratory work and the whole group was running around in the clean room pretending to work for 20 min. We focused on many details such as the sound of the falling king- don’t forget he was our protagonist. Overall, we had a fun filming day before we met for the cutting and voice over at Okto. My poor boyfriend Matthias had to do the voice over dealing with such complicated word constructions such as novel mass spectrometry based metabolomics approaches. Roland even went back to the University in order to film the tree in front of the institute to represent life science and a green technology. In the end we were super happy with our video as it shows what and how the doing our research and at the same time we do not look fat and disgusting wearing a clean room suite in the video. Even our boss Prof. Gunda Köllensperger- who did not want to participate in our video and explain mass spectrometry as she said it is our video so we need to speak in front of the camera ourselves- said that she really liked and that we found a nice way of explaining isotope dilution using chess pieces.

(Evelyn Rampler, Gerrit Hermann, Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna)

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Big Impact of Small Things: Lessons from Bacteriae based bioelectronics

We invite you to the research laboratory where we use bacteria as an excellent model system for studying the fundamental processes of life. Importantly, this research provides the basis for new technologies and practical applications. Viva bacteria –  get ready to share our passion!

Communicating your research is important. We are used to talk about it at the conferences for the very specialised crowd. In this project we were aimed to make it “a video for everyone” (with focus on fundamental research) and that was a big challenge. But the trainers from OKTO helped us a lot with finding the right way of talking to a broad audience. We had no idea how much work it is to make a five-minute-video! That’s impressive and we like our result a lot!

(Nadezda Sedlyarova, Andrés Magán Garcia, Natascha Hartl, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna)

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How to Engineer an Antibody for an Obscure Flavivirus

The rapid rise of the previously obscure flavivirus Zika virus (ZIKV) that has caused millions of infected individuals globally shows the strong potential of other presently unknown pathogens to become a major threat. Putative emerging pathogens could be other poorly characterised or even unclassified Flaviviruses. Usutu Virus (USUV) – presently insufficiently described – and West Nile Virus (WNV) are mosquito-borne flaviviruses belonging to the family Flaviviridae.

Als ich die Email bekommen hatte, war ich etwas überrascht und dachte mir dann: „Ein Video wäre ziemlich cool! Was solls? Das probieren wir mal aus!“. Zum Glück hatte Chiara auch gleich wahnsinnige Lust. Wie das wirklich ablaufen sollte wussten wir dann noch nicht und sind etwas planlos zu dem ersten Meeting gegangen. Wir sehen ja gerne Filme und Videos an, aber mit unserer Ausbildung haben wir ja gar keine Ahnung wie so eine Videoproduktion funktioniert. Bei der Pre-Production hieß es, dass man sich Schritt für Schritt jede einzelne Szene überlegen solle, was uns sehr schwierig fiel und auch etwas überflüssig schien. Aber als dann am Drehtag für jeden Frame und jede paar Sekunden doch schnell mindestens 20min gedreht werden mussten, wurde uns erst klar wie unheimlich aufwendig das tatsächlich ist. Mit dem Endergebnis sind wir dank der harten Arbeit von Okto.tv überdurchschnittlich zufrieden. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass es so gut wird!  Außerdem habe ich richtig Lust bekommen selber ein paar Videos zu produzieren. Ich hoffe die Kooperation von Okto.tv wird in Zukunft weiteren Forschungsgruppen zugänglich und hilfreich sein!

(Amelie Schoenenwald, Chiara Masnovo, Integrative Structural Biology, University of Vienna)

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Mediatisierung als Geschäftsmodell

(Maria Schlechter, Heiko Kirschner, Institut für Soziologie, Universität Wien)

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