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Analogical Reasoning. A technique facilitating creative thinking and clear communication in science.
11.04.2019, 09:00 - 13:00
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Bldg. 30.95, Seminar room A+B

To a large measure, science consists of making sense of unfamiliar situations. In their own work, scientists often need to find ways for interpreting or studying novel phenomena. When interacting with individuals not familiar with their field (e.g. students, researchers from a different discipline), they need to help them understand their own subject.

How can we respond to novelty – in our own work and in the experience of others?

A very effective strategy for making unfamiliar phenomena more comprehensible is to draw on similarities with other, more familiar situations or subjects, i.e. analogies. Historically, many important discoveries in science have their origin in an analogical inference (e.g. Darwin’s theory of evolution, the discovery of the structure of DNA) and every TED-talk (or any other comprehensible scientific presentation) relies heavily on showing how a novel concept is partly similar to a better-known concept.

This workshop introduces the various uses of analogical reasoning in science and thus systematically introduces scientists to a technique that greatly increases their creativity and their ability to make their expertise comprehensible to others.

Through this workshop, participants will …

  • learn what analogies are
  • practice to generate analogies for comprehensible communication
  • train creating novel ideas by making analogical inferences


To get some first impressions on the role of analogies in science, you can browse this Reader.


This workshop is open to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at KIT who are KHYS members.


The workshop will be held in English.

Kosten/ Zahlungsweise For KHYS members this workshop is free of charge.
Dr. Stefan Götze (KHYS)
Dr. Stefan Götze
Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Straße am Forum 3
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel: +49 721 608-46186
Fax: +49 721 608-46222
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