Once upon a time is a project with the aim to com­mu­nic­ate sci­ence through short stor­ies in or­der to en­cour­age the dia­logue between sci­ent­ists and the pub­lic.

A group of in­ter­na­tional re­search­ers from dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions, mainly in Bre­men, but co­oper­at­ing with vari­ous sci­ent­ists, writers, artists in Ger­many and in­ter­na­tion­ally are writing short stor­ies deal­ing with the top­ics of their field of re­search: the mar­ine realm, cli­mate change, the im­port­ance of the seas and oceans and how hu­mans can dis­cover, util­ize and pro­tect them. They want to communicate with chil­dren but also with adults from all over the world.

The first set of stor­ies is free to down­load in Ger­man, Eng­lish and Span­ish as an ebook. The first book was com­pleted in the frame­work of the “Sci­ence Year 2016/​17: Seas and Oceans” (Wis­senschaft­s­jahr 2016/​17: Meere und Ozeane) thanks to the fund­ing of the ini­ti­at­ive Sci­ence in Dia­log (Wissenschaft im Dialog) and the Ger­man Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Sci­ence (Bundesmin­is­terium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) through the com­pet­i­tion “Show your re­search!” (Hoch­schul­wettbe­w­erb – Zeigt eure Forschung!). The pro­ject was one of the three win­ners of the com­pet­i­tion! 

The team is now busy trans­lat­ing the book into other lan­guages, and working on a new one full of stories to be shared!