Bianka Hofmann

  • Head of Science Communications

Drawing on the practical implications of my scientific studies in behavioral science, I specialized in transmitting scientific knowledge through interactive and artistic experiences. I worked as a project developer in the applied fields of: scientific media production, documentary moving images, workshop design, exhibit design, immersive experiences, communication theory and practice, neurobiology of teaching and learning. Trained as a behavioral communication coach; I ran my own companies and currently work in Communications at the intersection of R&D and industry.

Hofmann, B. (2019). Linking Science and Technology with Arts and the Next Generation – The Experimental Artist Residency “STEAM Imaging.” MIT Press Journal Leonardo doi:10.1162/leon_a_01792

Hofmann, B., Haase, S., Black, D. (2017). STEAM Imaging: A Pupils’ Workshop Experiment in Computer Science, Physics, and Sound Art. SCIART MAGAZINE Special Topics August 2017: STEAM.

Rieder, C., Brachmann C., Hofmann, B., Klein, J., Köhn, A., Ojdanic, D., Schumann, D., Weiler, F. and Hahn, H. K. (2013). Interactive Visualization of Neuroanatomical Data for a Hands-On Multimedia Exhibit. EuroVis Workshop on Visualization in Medicine and Life Sciences (VMLS), Leipzig, Germany.

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (2004) Ethogram of selected behaviors initiated by free-ranging short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and directed to human swimmers during open water encounters. Anthrozoös 17(3): 244-257. DOI: 10.2752/089279304785643267

Scheer, M. and Hofmann, B: The Dolphin Space Program, in: Krankendienst 1 (2004) 12–15, (German language).

Hofmann, B., Scheer, M. & Behr, I.P. (2004) Underwater behaviors of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off Tenerife. Mammalia 68(2-3): 221-224. DOI: 10.1515/mamm.2004.020 and cover photography of volume 68(2-3).

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (2003) Vocalizations of free-ranging short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus ) off Tenerife: signal repertoire and characteristics. European Research on Cetaceans 17.

I. P. Behr, H. Diez, B. Hofmann, M. Scheer, (Hrsg.) (2001): First Flow. Der erste Kontakt mit Pilotwalen, book on demand, easi publications.

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (1998) Discrete pod-specific call repertoires among short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the SW coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands. Abstract World Marine Mammal Science Conference, 20-24. January, Monaco by European Cetacean Society and Society for Marine Mammalogy.

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, I.P. (1998) Interactions between whale watching vessels and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the sw coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands: behavioural implications. Unpublished report to the Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, La Laguna, Tenerife. 41 pages.

Hofmann, B. (1998): Kann die verhaltensbiologische Beschreibung ritualisierten Verhaltens dazu beitragen, religiös ritualisiertes Verhalten zu verstehen? Interdisciplinary diploma thesis (Comparative Religion, Biology).

Free-range interaction research
I researched inter-species communication, collected field data, analyzed, and published the outcome of three field studies of short-finned pilot whales in the Atlantic off the Canary Islands in 1994, 1996, and 2001. These research results have contributed to a code of conduct and specific protective measures for short-finned pilot whales off the southwest coast of Tenerife.

Behavioral Scientist
Studied Behavioral Biology, Cognitive Science, Neurobiology, Psychology, Theory of Religion and Culture, Philosophy. Focus: Evolution of symbolic and ritual-symbolic communication systems. Biological roots of culture, language and religion. Inter-species interaction University of Bremen – Comparative Religion, diploma in comparative religion sciences, 1998. University of Bremen – Biology, completion recognized by Humboldt University of Berlin to be the equivalent of a mathematics and science diploma graduate degree programme. Interdisciplinary diploma thesis. Admission to begin doctoral studies in the Department of Biology, 1999.

Behavioral Therapy Coach
Half-year training as a behavioral communication coach, Institut für kontextuelle Studien, Bielefeld,1995

Honors & Awards
Honorary Mention at the STARTS Prize 2021; STARTS (Science, Technology & the Arts), an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Research Partnership Development and Project Lead for the cross-sectoral project The Tides Within Us; Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) in collaboration with Natan Sinigaglia partnered with the R&D Engagement team at Fraunhofer MEVIS

Industry Award for Best Visual Effects; Raw Science Film Festival 2020, CA, USA. Sci-Art Producer and Project Developer of short film "Quantum Logos" (vision serpent); media artists Mark Chavez and Ina Conradi teamed up with me and science communicator Bob Kastner

Industry Award for Best Infographic; Raw Science Film Festival 2019, CA, USA. Director and Sci-Art Producer of the short film "Digital Medicine, Arts, and STEAM: BEFORE US LIES ETERNERDY," jointly with Alexander Köhn and Mathias Neugebauer

Industry Award for Best Immersive Media; Raw Science Film Festival 2018, CA, USA. Director and Sci-Art Producer of short film "Beauty of Blood Flow Analysis," jointly with Alexander Köhn and Mathias Neugebauer   

Interests
Member of the Advisory Board for the Medicine and Media Art Program UCLA Art Sci Center; the Fellowship is a multi-layered artistic and scholarly endeavor that serves as a national and international hub for the artistic exploration of contemporary medical science and biotechnology

International Advisor, Artiscience Library, Edinburgh

Founding member of the Sci-Art collective Quantum Travelers

Supporting the Foundation Stiftung STUDIUM – Stiftung für Ost-West-Integration: The Foundation grants scholarship to talented young people in Germany, Eastern Europe, and the countries of the former Soviet Union, whose interests and activities focus on the Humanities