Since April 15, I am embedded as a reporter in the Max Planck Intitute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. I will be here for three months, reporting daily through social media and other channels – from the labs, the ape house, and wherever else the scientists take me. If all goes well, this will become, over time, a crossmedia documentary about the making of science.

By moving the the reporting „upstream“, I hope to make previously „unreportable“ aspects of science accessible and understandable for a wider audience. Because I firmly believe that understanding how scientific results are generated provides important tools for interpreting and using them.

While I am here, a lot will not go as planned or anticipated (for the protagonists as well as for the reporter). This will be an important part of the reporting, as will be the culture and the human interaction in the institute. Working this closely with some of the leading experts in their fields is a great position for a reporter. I would like to stress, though, that any mistakes in the reporting are mine and not the scientists’.

The reporting takes place on many different channels. While this blog serves as the central hub, there are many other venues with video, story streams, background and related content and, of course, pictures! Together, they form one meandering „river of science“.

Look for #iEVA and/or follow @I_EVA1 on Twitter to keep up with the stories.

The funding

I,EVA is an independent science reporting experiment.

The Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology provides access and technical support during the reporting period. It has no editorial control over the reported content and it doesn’t provide financial support.

Some content – „classical“ topical articles, mostly – is commissioned by traditional media, online and offline. This will, in part, cover the extra costs for housing, traveling etc.

The more innovative and much larger part of the project, the coverage of the day-to-day workings of science, is not paid for. This includes this blog (like all SciLogs) and all other project content created for and via social media. This is where the experimenting happens.

If you like what you are seeing here and elsewhere and want to support the project, I’d be delighted if you considered a donation: