Niels G. Mede

Niels G. Mede

Science Communication Researcher and PhD Student

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Biography

I am a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland. My research focuses on public opinion about science, populism and its implications for science and science communication, and survey methodology.

Interests
  • Public perceptions of science and research
  • Science-related populism
  • Survey methodology
  • Open Science and reproducibility
Education
  • PhD, Media & Communication Studies, 2022

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • MA, Communication Science, 2018

    University of Münster, Germany

  • BA, Media Management, 2016

    Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany

Conference Presentations

How knowledge overestimation, science-related populism, and digital media use fuel each other during the COVID-19 pandemic: Representative survey evidence from Germany and Taiwan.

Paper to be presented at the 74th Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), 2–6 November 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Science-related and political populism: A tale of two scales?

Paper to be presented at the 74th Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), 2–6 November 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zwischen Vertrauen und Skepsis: Öffentliche Meinung in der COVID-19 Pandemie

Paper to be presented at the 10th ScienceComm Conference, 15–16 September 2021, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Populism toward science: What it is and how it can be measured

Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), 25–27 May 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Science-related populism, its prevalence, antecedents, and outcomes: Evidence from the Science Barometer Switzerland

Paper presented at DACH 21: Three-Country Conference on Communication Science of DGPuK, ÖGK, and SGKM, 7–9 April 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Science-related populism, its prevalence, antecedents, and outcomes: Evidence from the Science Barometer Switzerland

Paper presented at the PERITIA conference “Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape”, 18–19 March 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wird die Bevölkerung wissenschaftskritischer? Segmentationsanalysen der Schweizer Bevölkerung auf Basis von Paneldaten

Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Science Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), 5 February 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Science-related populism: Conceptualizing populist challenges to the knowledge and power claims of science

Paper presented at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 21–25 May 2020, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wissenschaftsbezogener Populismus: Theoretische Konzeption und Skalenentwicklung

Paper presented at the 65th Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), 10–12 March 2020, Munich, Germany.

Online-Informationssuche: Ein Eye-Tracking-Experiment auf Wikipedia

Poster presented at the 65th Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), 10–12 March 2020, Munich, Germany.

Wissenschaftsbezogener Populismus: Theoretische Konzeption und empirische Untersuchung

Paper presented at the Doctoral Colloquium of the Science Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), 5 February 2020, Münster, Germany.

Populism toward science: Introducing a new theoretical concept and a scale to measure it

Paper presented at the ECREA workshop “Constructed facts, contested truths: Science and environment controversies in media and public spaces” at the 13th Annual Conference of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), 8–10 January 2020, Brighton, UK.

Communicating science in a changing climate: Investigating the antecedents and implications of distrust toward science

Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Graduate Student Pre-Conference of the Environmental Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), 24 May 2019, Washington DC, USA.

Fake it till they take it? Pseudo user effects and pseudo user literacy

Paper presented at the 21st General Online Research Conference (GOR) of the German Society for Online Research (DGOF), 6–8 March 2019, Cologne, Germany.

Is distrust in the media undermining democracy? An explorative interview study on the implications of media skepticism

Paper presented at the 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), 31 October–3 November 2018, Lugano, Switzerland.

Suspicion or sympathy? The relationship between scientists and journalists

Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Symposium “Current Challenges to Mediatized Science Communication” of the IAMCR section “Mediated Communication, Public Opinion and Society”, 7–9 June 2018, Rostock, Germany.

Trust through science communication: Relevance and change of internal and external scientific communication

Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Symposium “Current Challenges to Mediatized Science Communication” of the IAMCR section “Mediated Communication, Public Opinion and Society”, 7–9 June 2018, Rostock, Germany.

Invited Talks

Was denkt die Schweiz über die Rolle der Wissenschaft in der Corona-Pandemie? Forschungsbefunde zu öffentlicher Wahrnehmung von Wissenschaft in Krisenzeiten

Input talk at panel discussion with PD Dr. Christian Althaus at Paulus Academy Zurich, 28 April 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Media im Dialog von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft: Neue Chancen und hohe Erwartungen

Social Media Webinar 2020 of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), 29 October 2020, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “replication crisis” in the public eye: Germans’ awareness and perceptions of the (ir)reproducibility of scientific research

ReproducibiliTea Journal Club of the Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) at the University of Zurich, 1 October 2020, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching

Media use and public opinion during the COVID-19 pandemic
What does the public think about science? Secondary analyses of population surveys
Science communication and populism
The relationship between science and journalism in times of alternative facts and fake science