Within a few weeks, SARS-CoV-2 spread around the world; about six million people died from or with the pathogen in the first two years of the pandemic. The dynamic spread of the pathogen, which initially lacked materials, personnel and often also knowledge and time, continues to pose a challenge to societies around the world.
About Julia Merlot
Julia Merlot studied science journalism in Darmstadt and has been an editor in the science department at the news magazine “Der Spiegel” (formerly “Spiegel Online”) in Hamburg for eight years. Previously, she wrote for “Zeit Wissen” and “Geo Wissen,” among others. Her thematic focus is on the life sciences and, with the onset of the corona pandemic, she focused significantly on the spread of the virus and its medical consequences. Merlot reports in a variety of article formats, in videos and podcasts, and is co-author of books including “Lockdown: Wie Deutschland in der Coronakrise knapp der Katastrophe entkam” (“Lockdown: How Germany narrowly escaped catastrophe in the Corona crisis”) and “Mythos oder Medizin: Brauchen Wunden Luft oder Pflaster?” (“Myth or medicine: Do wounds need air or band-aids?”).
About the Cyber Valley Journalist-in-Residence Program
In a three- to six-month residency, a science journalist on leave for this program explores how AI applications can be used meaningfully for good journalism. Or how journalists can report appropriately and evidence-based on the technologies behind the buzzword “artificial intelligence.” The journalist selected by an independent jury will determine the topic and question themselves. The program is a collaboration with the Center for Rhetorical Science Communication Research on Artificial Intelligence (RHET AI Center). It is funded by the VolkswagenFoundation.
About Cyber Valley
Cyber Valley is Europe’s largest research consortium in the field of artificial intelligence with partners from science and industry. The state of Baden-Württemberg, the Max Planck Society with the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the Universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen, as well as Amazon, BMW AG, IAV GmbH, Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, and ZF Friedrichshafen AG are Cyber Valley’s founding partners. In 2019, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft also joined Cyber Valley as a partner. Moreover, Cyber Valley also receives support from the Christian Bürkert Foundation, the Gips-Schüle Foundation, the Vector Foundation, and the Carl Zeiss Foundation.