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 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

  • Populism and science
  • Perceptions of and attitudes towards science
  • Effects of digital science communication

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Journal articles with peer-review

2. Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Science-Related Populism: Conceptualizing Populist Demands towards Science. Accepted for publication in Public Understanding of Science.

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. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2020.1723668

Articles in edited books

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

12. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., & Füchslin, T. (2020). Populism towards 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), 26–28 May 2020, Aberdeen, UK.

11. 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, Gold Coast, Australia.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. Mede, N. G., Schäfer, M. S., & Füchslin, T. (2020). Populism towards science: What it is and how it can be measured. 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.

6. 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.

5. Kessler, S. H., & Mede, N. G. (2019). Quelle: Wikipedia: Wissenschaftliche Befunde zur digitalen Informationssuche. Paper presented at the Winterkongress der Digitalen Gesellschaft Schweiz (DigiGes), 23 February 2019, Zürich, Switzerland.

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.

Awards & Grants

  • Scholar of the Deutschlandstipendium (2016–2018)
  • Scholar of the European Commission’s Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport (Erasmus+, 2015)

Teaching Experience

  • “Science communication and populism” (research seminar, undergraduate level, two semesters, University of Zurich)​
  • “The relationship between science and journalism in times of alternative facts and fake science” (seminar, undergraduate level, one semester, University of Zurich)

In the news media

  • Wissenschaftskommunikation.de: "Es wird immer bedeutsamer zuzuhören." März 2019. Link
  • Journalist: Wohlwollen statt Argwohn. Wissenschaftler bewerteten Medien. August 2018.

External activities

  • Young Scholar Representative of the Science Communication Division in the German Communication Association (with Dr. Sarah Kohler)
  • Member of ECREA, ICA, and DGPuK