The Climate Media Factory is a media, consulting and concept agency in Potsdam, Germany. We emerged from a media laboratory between the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Babelsberg Film University in 2011. Since then, we have continuously been supporting our clients in shaping social discourses about the future.
We bring narrative, creative and scientific expertise to the table. Our work is transdisciplinary and we focus on communicating sustainable development issues. We are a service provider, but also a partner for research and innovation.
We have understood that knowledge, even when presented in an entertaining and scientifically sound way, does not necessarily lead to behaviour change. We do not accept that the gap between knowledge and action is the limit of our activities. We want to make an impact. That is our mission.
Bernd Hezel investigates, designs and implements decision support and audio-visual climate change communication formats. As principal investigator in FP7 / Climate KIC / H2020 projects, he has led work on scientific model architecture, co-creation, communication and results exploitation. For the Climate Media Factory he decodes climate science results, translates them into useful information, understandable metaphors and narratives of plausible futures and designs suitable media formats. Bernd is one of the authors and directors of the World Bank’s first-ever massive open online course, From Climate Science to Action. He contributed to award-winning theatre productions and wrote and directed many animated short films, several of which won international festivals. In 2010, he received a doctoral degree from Heidelberg University for his research in quantum theory.
Ephraim Broschkowski is an award-winning media producer focusing on topics of sustainable development. He has worked as an author, producer and director for documentaries, feature films, fiction, audio drama and other media applications for broadcast studios like SWR and rbb, companies like fechnerMedia and educational institutions like CCC lab all over the world. As a media expert with more than 20 years experience and as pioneer of sustainable communication he also consults FP7, Climate KIC and H2020 projects. He accompanies projects from the first idea to publication and moderates creative processes with all those involved. Humour, a feeling for the client and professional knowledge combine to form his unique style. Being a media addicted himself he is aware of current trends and media developments. All this qualifies him to be the creative producer of the Climate Media Factory. Ephraim graduated in media science (diploma) and completed postgraduate training in creative producing.
Catharina Dörr is a communication designer, who works for the CMF as well as a freelance designer for musicians, artists, and cultural institutions. In her free projects she researches, writes, and teaches about our relationship to objects, art, and design and their effect on our society. She studied visual communication (BA) and product design (MA) with a focus on critical design, design theory, graphic design, and gender studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
Since November 2022, Caroline is responsible for the external communications of projects at CMF. She is a multi-disciplinary media practitioner with a background in visual anthropology, political education and communications for the arts. Prior to CMF, she has worked as coordinator of projects with civil society in South Asia, as a freelance content producer in audio-visual media and communications consultant, a translator and a writer. She is also a ceramic artist and runs her own studio in Berlin.
Tobias joined the Climate Media Factory in January 2023 with more than ten years of experience in the cultural sector and in political education. He has worked for and with a wide range of organizations such as NGOs, cultural institutions, think tanks, universities, schools, and self-organized groups – as a trainer & facilitator, theatre-maker & project developer, writer & speaker, research fellow & lecturer. Tobias studied Literature and Philosophy in Freiburg, Cultural Studies in Hildesheim as well as Human Rights (School of Advanced Study) and Sustainable Development (SOAS) at the University of London. Currently he’s conducting a Ph.D. project on urban climate adaptation at the Film University Babelsberg and a B.Sc. in Psychology at the IPU Berlin. Tobias is particularly interested in intersections between different disciplines, methods, forms, and perspectives. (Photo: Valentin Gienger)