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"Meet the Scientist" with Heiko Giebler at Humboldt Lab Berlin

Oct 13, 2022 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

As part of the “Meet the Scientist” series, Heiko Giebler reflects on limits, results and opportunities of global survey research on attitudes towards the liberal script and answers questions from visitors of the Humboldt Lab in Berlin (in German). Heiko Giebler is head of the SCRIPTS Junior Research Group “Comparative Survey” and the survey “PALS – Public Attitudes towards the Liberal Script”. An event organised by the Humboldt Lab of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with SCRIPTS. Live & on site on 13 October 2022 at 5 p.m. (local time). Please book a free ticket in advance at the Humboldt Lab.

About the event

“And how do you feel about freedom?” Opportunities, limits and results of global survey research

The existence of the liberal script, an interplay of liberal democracy, capitalism, individual self-determination and an open society, depends on its acceptance by the population. But how can such attitudes be measured? Political scientist Heiko Giebler, who conducts research at the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)”, investigates this question.

Today, after a brief phase of euphoria following the demise of the Soviet Union, the liberal script is increasingly under pressure. Liberal democracies and societies are increasingly facing internal and external challenges – such as in the USA, Hungary or Brazil – or are being undermined by neoliberal economic structures. The liberal script seems to have reached the limits of its capacity.

But is this thesis of decline correct? Or is the support of liberal orders worldwide greater than thought after all? And what aspects make up the liberal script in the first place? In the Meet the Scientist series, Heiko Giebler provides insights into how the liberal script is accepted among the population of different countries and how this can be measured. As head of the comparative study “PALS – Public Attitudes towards the Liberal Script”, he shows how survey research is conducted on a global scale – and what the data can tell us about the future of our democracies and societies.

Language: This event will be in German.


Dr. Heiko Giebler received his doctorate in political science from Humboldt-University. He worked as a researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and he was a guest researcher at the University of Sydney as well as at the University of Exeter. He joined SCRIPTS in January 2020 as the Head of the Junior Research Group “Comparative Survey”.
Heiko Giebler is involved in the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES) and the Comparative Candidates Survey (CCS). He is currently also running third-party funded research projects at the WZB investigating the socio-psycholgical underpinnings of populism as well as the relationship of political legitimacy and populism.

Watch Heiko's episode of our “Faces of SCRIPTS” series here!

Attending the Event

  • Attendance on site: Events at the Humboldt Lab are open to all. To attend the event on-site, please book a free ticket or write an e-mail to events@scripts-berlin.eu.
  • Pandemic regulations: Currently, there are no pandemic regulations. Feel free to wear a mask. Please come vaccinated.
  • Access: The Humboldt Lab is located inside of the Humboldt Forum, 1st floor. Lifts are available.
  • Public Transport: You can reach Humboldt Forum via U Museumsinsel (1 min walk) which is served by Underground Line 5 or via the next larger station S/U Alexanderplatz (15 min walk) which is served by several S/U and regional trains. The closest bus stops are Lustgarten (Lines 100, 300) and Berliner Schloss (147) which are located right next to the building. Disabled parking spaces are located south of the Forum at Schlossplatz.

Time & Location

Oct 13, 2022 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Humboldt Lab at Humboldt Forum Berlin, Schloßplatz 10178 Berlin