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re:publica 2013: a (personal) resumé

Starting off I have to say that this certainly was the best re:publica ever since I attended it for the first time in 2010. So well done! Many thanks and lots of respect to everybody who made this possible.

Following a rather light and entertaining panel discussion entitled “Tweeting from Space for the Digital public” I held in 2012, I had the chance to curate a couple of sessions on Space Science within the Open Science Track together with programme coordinators Geraldine and Sandra. Although in the end just four (or respectively three) of nine planned sessions took place, these have been terrific. Let’s begin with one of my highlights of the Open Science Track:

I have been following Carolina’s Blog and her work for quite a while now with growing interest, so I was really lucky. Not just because we coud invite her, but also because she and her family including her baby undertook the long travel from Cape Town to Berlin. Carolina’s talk on crowdsourced stronomy, citizen science and hacking projects was equally inspiring and raising awareness. Many thanks to Geraldine de Bastion who made this possible.


Furthermore, I recommend watching the following three media reports:

3sat nano



Side note: as a musician and netlabelist I of course liked Chromotone, kind of an astronomy sound hack:


Let’s continue with Part Time Scientists: Karsten Becker, Robert Böhme and their international team of about 100 people are among the favourites to win the Google Lunar XPrize. The goal is to safely land a rover on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 metres and send high resolution images and data back to Earth – as well as the first SMS an email from the moon. Google offers up to 30 Million US dollars as reward. Although launching rover Asimov on board a russian Dnepr rocket will cost just as much, Part Time Scientists (PTS) don’t even think about shying away. I think that gives an impression about the fact PTS have to manage not just enormous technical but also administrative challenges. But if Robert, Karsten and team will tackle these challenges with the same enthusiasm as they delivered their talk I have absolutely no doubt they will make it.

Part Time Scientists are supported by DLR, or more precisely by the DLR Institute of Robotics and mechatronics, which contributes the rover’s propulsion technology as well as the autonomous navigation based on environmental perception technology.

Furthermore, there was my own contribution named “Space Science as a Creative Commons?” which took place in the workshop area (no video recording). I wrote a separate blog post on the session which you may read here.

Space science as a creative commons? from Marco Trovatello

Unfortunately, Hojun Song’s talk on the Open Source Satellite Initiative had to be cancelled, obviously he couldn’t make it in time. But re:publica surprised us with …


Space Night-Diskussion auf der rp13

Space Night-Diskussion auf der rp13: Links Team Pro (Luci van Org, Marco Trovatello), rechts Team Contra (Ellen Vorac, Volker Tripp). Bild: Andrea Schaub.

What else?

John Weitzmann organised a panel discussion on the german late night cult series Space Night, named “Space Night Mission Control … GEMA, we have a problem”. Here, two teams (Contra: Ellen Vorac, expert on label mangement and digital distribution and Volker Tripp, lawyer, netlabelist and freelance journalist; Pro: Luci van Org, musician and author, and me in my role as musician licensing under Creative Commons and as netlabelist) debated for and against how public service broadcasters should use free (or “freed”) content such as music licensed under creative commons and the role collecting societies like GEMA or C3S might play.

All in all, re:publica 2013 was a true content overkill: Even more digital and analog culture, science, technology, politics … some more of my personal hightlights (in no particular order) were

… a talk about the making of the animated short movie R’ha:


… Cory Doctorow’s talk on Digital Rights Management (DRM), computers in our bodies and elsewhere:

Peter Kirn and his historic and current view on Human-Music-Machine interfaces


… as well as just about 50 missed session which probably have been equally interesting.

Session at re:publica Berlin

Update, 20 May 2012

Video of our session now online:

Update, 1 May 2012, 15:21

Here we go! Storyboard ready, slideshow ready, moderation ready, checked-in for my  flight. Can’t wait to see you all at #RP12: My colleagues and session guests (see below), Andreas Schepers & many other friends, mates & colleagues such as FC Stoffel, Mo. Sauer, Sim Sullen, Katti and lots of other people I’ve been communicating frequently with over social networks in past years, but whom I actually haven’t met yet in person … hope two days will be enough & see you soon!

On 2 May 2012, I will take part in a session at re:publica Berlin on behalf of DLR. re:publica is Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of society and all things digital.

re:publica 2012Via the re:publica call for papers I initiated a panel discussion titled ‘Tweeting from space for the digital public’. It will feature ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Paolo Nespoli, as well as my dear colleagues Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin, Head of ESA-ESOC Communication Office and Bob Jacobs, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator of Communications, and myself.

During the 60 Minute session, we will discuss why space agencies and their astronauts blog and tweet (sometimes even from Space), how it all works and why the intense use of social media has become an important part of the respective communication strategies.

What started off as a ‘class reunion’ of bloggers, researchers and internet activists, now regularly attracts over 3000 participants: As a result of last year’s full house at ‘Friedrichstadtpalast’, this year’s re:publica will bring participants together at Station Berlin. Even so, the conference has preserved an open and familiar atmosphere. “A quality conference with a festival feel”, in the words of the organisers.

This year, as well as in 2011, re:publica features a great variety of interesting speakers, such as Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital agenda, Steffen Seibert, the German government’s spokesperson, renowned podcaster Tim Pritlove, blogger, author and consultant Sascha Lobo, Mercedes Bunz, Mario Sixtus and many, many more.

Further information on panel and speakers can be found at http://re-publica.de/12/en/

This is a cross-post with the DLR Communications Blog.

P.S.: I forget to mention that our session will take place in the evening of 2 May 2012, 19.00 to 20.00 CEST. and that, according to re:publica, these late events can be accessed by the general public for a fee of just a few euros. Currently, re:publica organisers are checking whether these late events can be made accessible for the general public at small fee. Full conference tickets (3 days, over 200 hours of programme) are available here for 130 Euro.