Project SOP

The Science outreach project (SOP) has built a substantial evidence-based outreach program that communicates CRC research to different target groups and that strategically involves CRC researchers. A first communication goal is to make CRC research visible to public and stakeholder audiences. The SOP designed a broad range of interactive and multimedia exhibits and regularly showcases them at public events. A second communication goal is to foster interests and career perspectives in science and engineering in future generations. We successfully transformed CRC research into different learning modules, in-school as well as out-of- school, simultaneously investigating students’ interest and understanding of science and engineering. A third strategic goal is to support impactful science communication in the CRC. An accompanying science communication training for IRTG members enhances the quality of outreach and ensures the active involvement of CRC researchers from all projects. 



How we design outreach measures

For the design of our outreach measures, we systematically combine a content analysis with a target group analysis. In the content analysis, we analyze what we want to communicate. In this process, the CRC scientists’ perspectives are especially important. Together, we reflect on communication goals and make sure that outreach content is accurate and authentic.

In the target group analysis, we review the literature and collect data on what is interesting and relevant for our target groups. For our school projects, for example, we have focus group discussions with teachers and students.



How we test our outreach measures 

Our design approach already includes various steps of quality control as well as monitoring elements. We collect data regarding relevance, accuracy, consistency, and practicability by using different evaluation methods like ratings, questionnaires, group discussions, and qualitative observations. When our measures are in a final state, we can test their efficacy and impact with larger sample sizes.



Carolin Enzingmüller
Lead of Project SOP
Ilka Parchmann
Prof. Dr.
Lead of project SOP
Cara Broß
Doctoral researcher


Role within the Collaborative Research Centre

The role of the SOP within the CRC 1261 is to inform and to involve the general public as well as potential future researchers and users about and in discussions on the research relevance, the research areas and the research outcomes of the CRC 1261. Furthermore the SOP will enlarge the educational research base for the design of future programs on interdisciplinary outreach and science communication. A specific focus will be set on the broad interdisciplinary structure, as an example, for fields and approaches of research nowadays, including opportunities such as the close connection between basic research and the investigation of potential applications, as well as challenges such as the different languages and modes of representation in the different fields. The SOP will develop outreach measures based on research (scientific and educational) and investigate effects of selected outreach measures. The well-established cooperation between Kiel University and the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) provides an exceptional foundation for this research-based design.

Project-related Publications

  1. D. Laumann, P. Hayes, C. Enzingmüller, E. Quandt, I. Parchmann, Magnetostriction measurements with a low-cost magnetostrictive cantilever beam, American Journal of Physics 88(6), (2020).
  2. Enzingmüller, L. Kampschulte, I. Parchmann, “Science Outreach in Sonderforschungsbereichen” in C. Maurer, Ed. (Universität Regensburg, 2019), Naturwissenschaftliche Bildung als Grundlage für berufliche und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe: Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik, Jahrestagung in Kiel, pp. 548-551.
  3. Enzingmüller, D. Laumann, L. Kampschulte, I. Parchmann, “Kommunikation interdisziplinärer Forschung im Bereich Biomagnetic Sensing” in C. Maurer, Ed. (Universität Regensburg, 2019), Naturwissenschaftliche Bildung als Grundlage für berufliche und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe: Gesellschaft für Didaktik der Chemie und Physik, Jahrestagung in Kiel 2018, pp. 564-567.
  4. Kampschulte, C. Enzingmüller, W. Wentorf, E., Quandt, I. Parchmann, Medizinische Sensoren entwickeln: Zusammenarbeit verschiedener Disziplinen. Naturwissenschaften im Unterricht – Chemie 29, 41-45 (2018).

Broß, C.; Enzingmüller, C.; Parchmann, I.; Schmidt, G. Teaching Magnetoelectric Sensing to Secondary School Students—Considerations for Educational STEM Outreach. Sensors 2021, 21, 7354.

Broß, C.; Plöger, T.; Enzingmüller, C.; Parchmann, I.: Kristalle unter Spannung – Piezoelektrizität als Beispiel für Struktur-Eigenschafts-Beziehungen. CHEMKON 2021, 47.

C. Enzingmüller, CS. Broß, D. Laumann, I. Parchmann, G. Schmidt, Magnetfelder am Herzen messen. MNU Journal 2 (2021).

SFB1261 Microsite

Click here to visit our Microsite with information for students, teachers and the public (German and English version available).

Recent Publications

A. Kittmann, C. Müller, P. Durdaut, L. Thormählen, V. Schell, F. Niekiel, F. Lofink, D. Meyners, R. Knöchel, M. Höft, J. McCord, E. Quandt, Sensitivity and Noise Analysis of SAW Magnetic Field Sensors with varied Magnetostrictive Layer Thicknesses., Sens. Actuators A, 311, 111998 (2020). doi:

N. Lukat, R.-M. Friedrich, B. Spetzler, C. Kirchhof, C. Arndt, L. Thormälen, F. Faupel, C. Selhuber-Unkel, Mapping of magnetic nanoparticles and cells using thin film magnetoelectric sensors based on the delta-E effect Sens. Actuators A, 309. 112023, (2020),

A. Galka, S. Monntaha, M. Siniatchkin, Constrained Expectation Maximisation Algorithm for Estimating ARMA models in State Space Representation, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Springer Nature, accepted (March 2020).




Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmidt

Kiel University
Institute for Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering


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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU)

Christ.-Albrechts-Platz 4
D-24118 Kiel


University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel (UKSH)

Arnold-Heller-Straße 3
D-24105 Kiel


Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology, Itzehoe (ISIT)

Fraunhoferstrasse 1
D-25524 Itzehoe  


IPN - Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik 

Olshausenstraße 62 
D-24118 Kiel

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