Team Junior Research Group fourC

The Junior Research Groups fourC is composed of an interdisciplinary group of researchers: We combine expertise from Educational Psychology and Communication Science.


Dr. Friederike Hendriks, fourC

Dr. Friederike Hendriks is Leader of the Junior Research Group fourC and a psychologist. She received her PhD at the University of Münster, as part of the interdisciplinary DFG-Research Training Group “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World” and spent her postdoc years at the University of Münster as well as the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel. She was recently a member of the BMBF’s think tank on science communication, #FactoryWisskomm. Her research interests are on both lay and scientist perspectives on science communication; her research focuses especially on trust in science and the communication of scientific uncertainty. Friederike is excited to apply her expertise in the JRG fourC in order to study and train communicating scientists of all disciplines.


Lennart Banse is a doctoral researcher in the JRG fourC. He completed his bachelor's degree at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Research in Hanover, followed by a master's degree in communication management at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Before joining the JRG, Lennart worked in the context of climate protection, where he was project manager for designing a digital platform for networking, exchange, and dialogue within local publics. His main research interests are social relationships, the related communicative processes, and the strategic benefits of these relationships. In his dissertation project, he will focus on these questions with the aim to apply them to communicating scientists: He is interested in the connection between scientists’ role models, identity, and expectations directed at them from their social and institutional contexts.


Lennart Banse, M. A. fourC
Julian Fick, M. Sc. fourC

Julian Fick is a doctoral researcher in the JRG fourC. He studied psychology at the University of Salzburg (Austria) and afterwards worked at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Bamberg. In his dissertation project he works on developing, implementing, and evaluating science communication trainings for early career researchers. Furthermore, Julian is interested in raising the validity of psychological assessments, and in this context strives to find out how to define and measure the competence of scientists to communicate science successfully. In his research, he feels committed to principles of reproducible and open science.


From left to right: Luca Rudolph, Carla Brandes, Malwina Lüttig, Anna Borgwardt