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Head: Birgit Ottmer

The Communication unit is responsible for public relations (e.g. media activities, the website, the WSL’s DIAGONAL magazine, events) and is also in charge of internal communications. It supports researchers in the transfer of knowledge to industry and authorities by creating publications, organising conferences and providing suitable offers on the Internet.

The unit also provides technical and methodological support and communication consulting services to the directorate and all WSL employees. As such, its tasks focus on backing strategies and providing services; it also acts as the point of contact for internal and external bodies.



The WSL values active, open and honest communication. The public must be able to know – and should know – what research their taxes are funding and how useful this research is for society as a whole. This also applies to politicians, as they represent the public, and the media, which is an important intermediary between the public and the WSL. Of course, we ensure that our findings can be accessed by any interested parties, particularly stakeholders from industry and the authorities; similarly, we rely on feedback from these stakeholders. Last but not least, research would be impossible without close exchange with fellow researchers from around the world. As such, all WSL employees are responsible for communication.