Johanna Ickert is a documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist interested in the transdisciplinary potential of interactive audiovisual media in the fields of climate- and georisk, environmental change, and sustainability.
She received a diploma in film and television direction from the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF for her interactive documentary ClimateCultures as well as her award-winning documentary Energieland, which investigates the conflict around CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage technology) in Germany. She also holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology, sociology, and media & communication studies from Humboldt University Berlin and Free University Berlin.
For ten years, Johanna has been working as a director, author, and editor, exploring audiovisual media at the interface between scientific research and artistic practice. In addition, she gives seminars in the field of visual anthropology and leads science communication training courses. Together with her cinematographer René Arnold, she has developed the “FilmAsMethod” workshop series, for which she is also a lecturer. Her engagement with transdisciplinary approaches to science communication builds on her studies as well as her artistic experience. Besides working as an independent filmmaker, she collaborates with research institutes, universities, NGOs and foundations. Her filmic work has been shown at many international festivals and has won numerous awards.
Since November 2014, Johanna holds a position as Marie Curie Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth, where she is also a member of the Transtechnology Research Group. As part of the ITN-ALErT virtual campus of geoscientists investigating the geological evolution of Turkey’s Anatolian plateau, her film-based PhD research explores the potential of visual anthropological methods in the field of risk communication.