Bianka Hofmann

  • Head of Science Communication

I studied Comparative Religion and Biology (diploma studies) at the University of Bremen. These studies included aspects of Behavioral Biology, Cognitive Science, Neurobiology, Marine Biology, Theory of Religion and Culture, and Theory of Science. They led to a “Degree Equivalent to a Mathematical-Scientific Study,“ and in addition a “Diploma in Comparative Religion.“ I focused on communication in highly evolved mammals, interspecies communication, neurobiology of teaching and learning, and evolution of symbol building, conducting several field studies on Pilot Whales in the Atlantic off the Canary Islands, and writing my interdisciplinary Diploma thesis on ritualization. I have published scientifically in behavioral biology, visualization, art, tech, and science. Trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Coach, I ran my own companies and presently work in Science Communications at the intersection of R&D and industry. Drawing on the practical implications of my scientific studies, I create interactive and artistic experiences encouraging people to engage meaningfully with science and tech.

Barnaby Churchill Steel, Kate Farrell, Bianka Hofmann (2021). The Tides Within Us. Conference: SA '21: SIGGRAPH Asia 2021. DOI:10.1145/3476123.3487872

Bianka Hofmann; Linking Science and Technology with Arts and the Next Generation: The STEAM Imaging Experimental Artist Residency, A Case Study. Leonardo 2021; 54 (2): 185–190. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_01792

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 shortfinned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and directed towards 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. Cover photography of volume 68(2-3).
DOI:10.1515/mamm.2004.020

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.

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

Scheer, M. Hofmann, B. & Behr, P.I. (1998a). Interactions between whale watching vessels and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) off the southwest coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands: Behavioural implications. Reportto Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, 41 pages.

Scheer, M., Hofmann, B. & Behr, P.I. (1998b). Discrete pod-specific call repertoires among shortfinned 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.

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. The research results have contributed to a code of conduct and specific protective measures for short-finned pilot whales off the southwest coast of Tenerife.

University of Bremen – Comparative Religion, Diploma in Comparative Religion Sciences, 1998. Interdisciplinary Thesis.
University of Bremen – Biology, completion recognized by Humboldt University of Berlin to be the equivalent of a Mathematics and Science Diploma Graduate Degree Programme, admission to begin doctoral studies in the Department of Biology, 1999.

Half-year training as a Cognitive Behavioral 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