The conference kicks off with a day dedicated to science and cinema, and to the creative exchange between the two. In 2017 supported by the Lundbeck Foundation, CPH:DOX established its regular CPH:SCIENCE programme to underline the relevance of science and knowledge in society at large in a time, where established facts are under pressure.

We dive deep into a number of cases where film and science enrich each other and create new awareness, new ways of collaborating, new knowledge and new forms of artistic expression. From the Copenhagen University to MIT, from VR to BBC you will meet a number of international researchers, film makers and campaign specialists who have worked in the field between science and film to make our world bigger.

Date: Monday, March 19
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Social Cinema
Kunsthal Charlottenborg

The day is curated and hosted by:

Lars Rønnow Torp

Science Film Producer
Thin Green Line Productions

Lars Rønnow Torp, Executive Producer of science and factual productions for television, film and digital platforms. Former Head of Science at the Danish Broadcast Corporation. Through strong visual formats like “Great Danish Scientists” (2015) and controversial issues in “You shall die” (2012) his science series and events have been awarded at national and international festivals.



Keynote: Making Geek the New Black

An opening speech by Anja Cetti Andersen, Danish astronomer and astrophysicist at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and newly appointed Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. About science and media – why we care, and what we should care about.

Anja Cetti Andersen
Professor for Public Understanding of Science
Dark Cosmology Centre
Niels Bohr Institute


Creating Campaigns on Major Global Challenges in the Social Sector

The social sector is increasingly working with media products to create long lasting impact. Stig Tackmann of Dalberg Media outlines how the development sector is changing and why the UN Sustainable Development Goals can be used as a framework for creating impact.

Stig Tackman
Managing Partner
Dalberg Media


Building Movements Through Campaigns

How can documentary filmmakers create awareness and build lasting movements around their films with help from social media, network building, and influencers? Noa Gafni, who has run campaigns for United Nations Foundation, World Economic Forum and has spoken at The World Bank, Financial Times and United Nations shares her insights.

Noa Gafni
Dalberg Media


If I had 1 mill $: The Annual TED Prize

TED Prize Director Anna Verghese takes us through the development of the TED Organization – from the world known 10 mins. TED Talks to conferences, events, documentary films, film festivals and the mechanisms and impact strategies behind the annual 1mill $ TED Prize.

Anna Verghese
TED Prize Director


Sugata Mitra: The Future of Learning

Professor Sugata Mitra is an educational researcher and leading proponent of “minimally invasive education”. In India and UK, he has conducted experiments showing how groups of children with access to the Internet can learn anything by themselves. Mitra introduces his TED Prize winning research project School in the Cloud, also subject of a film by the same name, which has its World Premiere at CPH:DOX.

Sugata Mitra
Professor of Educational Technology
Newcastle University
UK / India


#TimeForUnrest – An Impact Distribution Case Study

Impact Distribution Case Study for Unrest, a feature documentary and VR experience directed by Jennifer Brea. Combining #virtualscreenings, speaking tour and political engagements, learn how the Unrest team delivered on campaign strategy that had been in development since the first day of production.

Rebecca Ashdown
Campaign Manager
Together Films


To Make the Invisible Visible

How to bring science into vision? In her Planet series (2008-2017), experimental filmmaker Momoko Seto resizes the scale of nature through macro, timelapse and high-speed footage of insects, vegetables and fungus. Her nonverbal, highly sound-driven films and VR projects will inspire anyone who wants to visualize science. Based in Paris, Momoko also serves as a filmmaker at The National Center for Scientific Research.

Momoko Seto


To Capture Another Universe Through Art

Festival film Cosmorama uses image processes that astronomers use to observe the cosmos. They capture wavelengths and spectras that the human eye normally can’t register. Director Hugo Deverchére teams up with scientists in his expressive artworks from places like the Cosmic Observatory, Tenerife and the space facility Biosphere2, Arizona.

Hugo Deverchère
Visual Artist


The Power of Perspective 

Join us for a masterclass on the VR-project Tree, featured at the festival. VR is a delicate dance between art and technology that can activate our senses in entirely different ways than traditional visual arts. Directors Milica and Winslow share their insights from the technical setup to the artistic considerations and their processes with scientists from Rainforest Alliance.

Milica Zec
Co-founder & Co-director
New Reality Company

Winslow Turner Porter III
Co-founder and Co-director
New Reality Company


Designing Collaborative Methods for Film, Art & Science

How can art and science collaborate to create new knowledge? How did cognitive scientists at MIT benefit from the VR project “Behind Enemy lines”? And what scientific results were extracted from the Danish theater/film project “Natural Disorder”? This session will explore case studies, tools, and methods for catalyzing creative collaborations between filmmakers, scientists, technologists and artists.

Ph.D. Kristian Moltke Martiny
Post.doc, University of Copenhagen
Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

Sarah Wolozin
MIT Open Documentary Lab

Daniel Oxenhandler (moderator)
CEO Collaboratorium


The Most Unknown and New Experiments in Science Storytelling

The opening night film in the CPH:DOX Science Programme pairs up nine scientists in a series of unexpected encounters around the world. The experimental structure raises the question of whether new forms of documentary storytelling are needed to capture the true spirit of scientific questing.

Jennifer L. Macalady
Associate Professor
Pennsylvania State University

Ian Cheney


Planet Earth: The Collaboration of Science and Art in Wildlife Films

PhD in Zoology and BBC Producer Jonny Keeling (Planet Earth I & II) reveals the collaborative process between storydriven filmmakers and factdriven scientists, the efforts and joys of working with wildlife that doesn’t know the script and the challenge of making scientific facts engaging to world wide audiences.

Jonny Keeling
Executive Producer
BBC Studios Natural History Unit

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