MMCD NEW MEDIA GmbH, Mr. Harald Frater

Scienexx looks like a simple magazine-style website for the interested public, but at closer look, is an amazing conglomerate of first-rate contents. As an internet magazine for popular science, scienexx provides extensive and up-to-date insights into the world of scientific discoveries and trends, backed by the prestigious Springer publishing house specializing in science magazines and books. Clear, understandable and competent, scienexx provides daily news, as well as weekly in-depth dossiers that provide background information looking beyond the boundaries of individual fields or subject areas. Each of the 500+ dossiers consists of a series of articles augmented by slide-shows, quizzes, interactive modules, image galleries, as well as TV- and book-tips. Current events are featured in the section “Earthview”: an interactive globe with clickable icons shows significant events happening in the world over recent days. Events of greater impact are covered by special portals, where all information can be accessed at a glance. The name “scienexx” draws on the words “science” and “connection”, emphasizing the direct link between research and the inquisitive public. Scienexx stands out with its clear “no-thrill” looks, well structured navigation and is provided for free WITHOUT advertising.

Jury Evaluation: 

The average layman is often baffled by the complexities of science and does not know much about new developments in the scientific world and ongoing research. MMCD NEW MEDIA GmbH addresses this gap through a very well structured, easily navigable internet magazine, Scinexx. It reaches out to the non-scientist by presenting complex topics of everyday interest such as biotechnology, resource utilization or climate change by showing relations and consequences to society.  Its weekly editorial features topics which would arouse the curiosity of the ordinary citizen - What will the computers of the future be like? Can solar energy or offshore windfarms provide enough energy for our future? Will mankind stand on mars someday? Did Atlantis exist? It also provides background information to current events such as Fukushima or Deepwater Horizon and presents fascinating puzzles, developments and discoveries in science and nature. One of the interesting features of Scinexx is “Earthview”, an interactive globe with clickable icons detailing recent significant events across the globe. The interactivity of the site is further enhanced by quizzes, slideshows, videos and an interactive map detailing scientific conferences, events and workshops. Addditionally, Scinexx provides didactic and interactive resources for schools and teachers with entire courses on specific topics such as volcanism or rock circles as well as stand-alone modules for use in class or at home. Scinexx also provides a platform for renowned German research organisations (Geo Union, GFZ Potsdam, Partner) to present information on their work, thus fostering a link between high level research and society.

Scinexx has a wealth of content - science news, in depth dossiers and a broad range of well classified content for education. The content is delivered in a very simple and user friendly manner and thus strengthens the objective of popularizing science and bridging the divide between researchers and society.  Moreover all content is offered free of charge.