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Franziska Boerner

Dr. Franziska U. Börner

Scientific staff
Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag
Phone: +49 30 28491-105
Fax: +49 30 28491-119
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Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)
Neue Schönhauser Straße 10
10178 Berlin


2010 PhD in social psychology, University of Kassel, Germany
2007 German university degree “Diplom” in Media Management, University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, Germany
2006 Master in Health, Science, and Environmental Communication, Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA
2004 - 2006 Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship
2002 Bachelor (Honours) Media and Management, University of Leeds, England
2000 - 2006 Hanns-Seidel Journalism Scholarship

Professional background

since 2012 Member of scientific staff, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
2011 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Mannitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
2010 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2007 - 2010 Researcher, Program Group “Humans, Environment, Technology” Research Center Jülich, Germany
2004 - 2006 Research assistant, Dietrich College of Communication, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA

Current positions and responsibilities

Fields of work

  • Communicating complex scientific evidence to non-experts focusing on controversial health, environmental and technology issues. How information about controversial health, environmental and risk issues and research is presented in social media
  • Risk information seeking, sharing, and processing; factors that drive communication behavior; implications for risk communication strategies
  • Design and evaluation of pandemic risk communication strategies, including communication about uncertainty and vaccine safety

Selected external publications

Börner, F., Schuetz, H., Wiedemann, P. (2011)
The Fragility of Omics Risk and Benefit Perceptions. Toxicology Letters. Available first online Jan. 18 2011.

Wiedemann, P. Clauberg, M., Börner, F. (2011)
Risk Communication for Companies. Fischer Verlag. Available online: http://www.wiedemannonline.com/downloads/

Börner, F., Schütz, H., Wiedemann, P. (2010)
The Influence of UV-Index on Attitudes towards Sun exposure in the German Population. Journal of Cancer Education. 02/2010.

Börner, F., Greinert, R., Schütz, H., Wiedemann, P. (2010)
UV-Risikowahrnehmung in der Bevölkerung: Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Umfrage in Deutschland. Das Gesundheitswesen.

Wiedemann, P., Schütz, H., Börner, F., Berg-Beckhoff, G., Croft, R., Lerchl, A., Martens, L., Neubauer, G., Regel, S., Repacholi, M. (2009)
Children's health and RF EMF exposure. Schriften des Forschungszentrums Jülich Gesundheit / Health 16.

Börner, F., Schütz, H., Wiedemann, P. (2009)
A population-based survey on tanning bed use in Germany. BMC Dermatol.

Wiedemann, P., Börner, F., Schütz, H.
Practical Implications - Lessons Learned: Recommendations for Communicating Evidence for Risk Characterization. In The Role of Evidence in Risk Characterization - Making Sense of Conflicting Data. P. Wiedemann, H. Schütz (Eds.) Weinsheim, Wiley-VCH, May 2008.

Griffin, R. J., Yang, Z., Huurne, E., Börner, F., Ortiz, S., Dunwoody, S. (2008)
After the Flood: Anger, attribution and the seeking of information. Science Communication.

Recent publications

Börner, F.; Nierling, L.; Kehl, C.
Digitale Arbeitswelten in Produktion und Dienstleistung - zwischen Euphorie und Pessimismus. TAB-Brief 47(2016), S. 19-24
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