Niels Mede

Niels Mede, MA

Assistent / Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 44 635 20 64

Room number: AND 3.26

n.mede@ikmz.uzh.ch

Curriculum Vitae

since 10/18: Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich

since 06/13: Several (freelance) jobs in market research, media development research, and academic research (including GfK, Media in Cooperation and Transition, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

2016-2018: M.A. in “Communication Science”, University of Münster, Germany

2012-2016: B.A. in “Media Management”, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany

Research interests

  • Public perceptions of science and research
  • Science-related populism
  • Survey research methods
  • Open Science and reproducibility

Publications

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

4. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., Ziegler, R., & Weißkopf, M. (2021). The “replication crisis” in the public eye: Germans’ awareness and perceptions of the (ir)reproducibility of scientific research. Public Understanding of Science, 30(1), 91-102. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662520954370

3. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., & Füchslin, T. (2020). The SciPop Scale for Measuring Science-Related Populist Attitudes in Surveys: Development, Test, and Validation. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edaa026

2. Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Science-related populism: Conceptualizing populist demands toward science. Public Understanding of Science, 29(5), 473–491. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662520924259

1. Kessler, S. H., Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Eyeing CRISPR gene editing: Using eye tracking to assess what lay audiences look for to learn more about CRISPR and genetic engineering on Wikipedia. Environmental Communication, 14(7), 886–903. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2020.1723668

Book chapters

3. Mede, N. G., Brucklachner, A., & Heim, M. (2021). Versagen des Journalismus? Medienskepsis und Journalismuswahrnehmung. In B. Blöbaum, T. Hanitzsch, & L. Badura (Eds.), Medienskepsis in Deutschland: Ursachen, Ausprägungen und Konsequenzen (pp. 87–112). Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer VS.

2. Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Kritik der Wissenschaftskommunikation und ihrer Analyse: PUS, PEST, Politisierung und wissenschaftsbezogener Populismus. In H.-J. Bucher (Ed.), Medienkritik zwischen ideologischer Instrumentalisierung und kritischer Aufklärung (pp. 297–314). Köln: Herbert von Halem.

1. Frischlich, L., Mede, N. G., & Quandt, T. (2020). The markets of manipulation: The trading of social bots on clearnet and darknet markets. In C. Grimme, M. Preuss, & F. W. Takes (Eds.), Disinformation in Open Online Media: First Multidisciplinary International Symposium, MISDOOM 2019, Hamburg, Germany, February 27 – March 1, 2019, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 89–100). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-39627-5_8

Presentations

14. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., & Füchslin, T. (2021). Populism towards science: What it is and how it can be measured. Paper to be presented at the 17th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), 25–27 May 2021, Aberdeen, UK.

13. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., Füchslin, T., & Metag, J. (2021). Science-related populism in Switzerland and its implications for science-related media use: Results from a nationally representative survey. Paper to be 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.

12. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., Metag, J., & Klinger, K. (2021). Science-related populism, its prevalence, antecedents, and outcomes: Evidence from the Science Barometer Switzerland. Paper to be presented at the PERITIA conference “Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape”,18–19 March 2021, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

11. Klinger, K., Metag, J., S. Schäfer, M. S., & Mede, N. G. (2021). 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.

10. Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). 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.

9. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., & Füchslin, T. (2020). 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.

8. Kessler, S. H., Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). 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.

7. Mede, N. G. (2020). 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.

6. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., & Füchslin, T. (2020). Populism towards 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.

5. Mede, N. G. (2019). 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.

4. Mede, N. G. (2019). 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.

3. Mede, N. G., Hollekamp, S., & Tampier, L. (2018). 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.

2. Mede, N. G., Neppl, M., & Blöbaum, B. (2018). 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.

1. Blöbaum, B., Mede, N. G., & Neppl, M. (2018). 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.

Articles & interviews in the media

5. Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Wohlwollende Bewertung: Befragungsergebnisse zur öffentlichen Wahrnehmung der „Replikationskrise“ in Deutschland. Forschung & Lehre. (12), 990-991.

4. Matthews, D. (2020). Public ‘largely ignorant’ of replication crisis in science. Times Higher Education. Link

3. Mede, N. G. (2020). “The people have had enough of experts!” How to understand populist challenges to science. Public Understanding of Science Blog. Link

2. Winkels, R. (2019). „Es wird immer bedeutsamer zuzuhören“: Interview mit Niels Mede. Wissenschaftskommunikation.de. Link

1. Lungmus, M. (2018). Wohlwollen statt Argwohn: Wissenschaftler bewerteten Medien. Journalist. (8), 10–11.

Invited talks

3. Mede, N. G. (2020). Social Media im Dialog von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft: Neue Chancen und hohe Erwartungen. Presentation prepared for the Social Media Webinar 2020 of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), 29 October 2020, virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Mede, N. G. (2020). The “replication crisis” in the public eye: Germans’ awareness and perceptions of the (ir)reproducibility of scientific research. Presentation prepared for the 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.

1. Kessler, S. H., & Mede, N. G. (2019). Quelle: Wikipedia: Wissenschaftliche Befunde zur digitalen Informationssuche. Presentation prepared for the Winterkongress der Digitalen Gesellschaft Schweiz (DigiGes), 23 February 2019, Zurich, Switzerland.

Teaching

  • BA research seminar, University of Zurich: “What does the public think about science? Secondary analyses of population surveys” (two semesters)
  • BA research seminar, University of Zurich: “Science communication and populism” (two semesters)
  • BA seminar, University of Zurich: “The relationship between science and journalism in times of alternative facts and fake science” (one semester)

Awards & Grants

  • Departmental fund for Open Science event (2,500 CHF, University of Zurich, acquired with V. Hase, E. Humprecht, H. Nguyen, M. Reiss, A. Schorn)
  • Scholar of the Deutschlandstipendium (2016–2018)
  • Scholar of the European Commission’s Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport (Erasmus+, 2015)

External activities and service to profession