Born before their time

Berliner Zeitung, November 3/4, 2012

This double page article was triggered by a cluster of bacterial infections in two wards for premature babies in Berlin. I was given access to such a ward (where no excess infections had occurred) – and I experienced the world of these tiny babies, some of which did not even weigh a pound.

Future 2030

Series “How will we live tomorrow?”

Berliner Zeitung and Frankfurter Rundschau, June 5-29, 2012

This series of eight double pages, conceived and written with research and interviews done in Europe, USA and Japan, appeared simultaneously in the Berliner Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau in June 2013. It covered a wide range of topics: How will we live in 2030? What will we eat? What will our houses look like? How to remain healthy? How will we communicate? Learn? Work? Travel? And where will our energy come from?


A new image of planet Earth

Berliner Zeitung, February 16/17, 2013

One of the oldest maps of planet Earth comes from Babylon. It is 2500 years old and shows the earth as a disk floating on the oceans. Today, maps reveal the real face of the Earth in great detail. Information of another kind is displayed on the bizarre maps of a young German geographer.


A year for the forest

Berliner Zeitung, March 19/20, 2011

Which type of forest do the Germans love most? Where does the lynx live? Who owns the forests? Find the answers on this richly illustrated page on the occasion of the International Year of Forest.

Climate research

A journey into the last interglacial period

Berliner Zeitung, August 7/8, 2010

A report from the barren northwest of Greenland, where researchers from all over the world investigate our climate. They have drilled and isolated a 2.5 km long ice core from the ice sheet. This allows them to “read” the climate of the past – and perhaps also that of the future.

Arctic research

In the cold lab of the Arctic

Berliner Zeitung, August 18, 2010

The Arctic has gained renewed interest: The sea floor appears to contain large deposits of oil and gas, and the melting of the ice opens up new routes for ships. Thus, many nations want to be there. They meet in Spitsbergen and do science. At least for the time being.


Today from oil, tomorow from hemp

Berliner Zeitung, May 7, 2013

With dwindling supplies of crude oil, the chemical industry will lose its prime raw material. It’s time to find new strategies, says chemist Hermann Fischer, founder of Auro, producer of natural colors. In this interview, he explains how building materials, auto parts and cosmetics can be produced from plants.


Are you sometimes afraid of the universe, Mr. Hasinger?

Berliner Zeitung May 19/20, 2011

When he became Germany’s top fusion researcher, astrophysicist Günther Hasinger wanted to solve the problem of energy supply. Now he lets others do the job: He is returning to the stars and will start the world’s largest observatory in Hawaii.

Space research

A big step for mankind

Berliner Zeitung, Juli 18/19, 2009

I conceived this special edition of the Berliner Zeitung to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon. We reminded our readers of the superpowers’ race to the Moon and discussed the Moon’s mystic attraction, the Apollo program as a driver of technology, and the new targets in space travel.


Sure instinct

Berliner Zeitung, June 2, 2010

Man has explored the most distant places on Earth – but no artificial hand comes close to our natural ones. This article shows how much our hands are masterpieces of evolution.


Noah’s Ark for endangered languages

Berliner Zeitung, October 12, 2011

There are still more than 6,000 languages spoken on Earth. But the smaller our planet becomes, the more their number decreases. Researchers attempt a digital documentation to reduce these losses of culture. A feature that also touches upon the future of the German language.

Social sciences

My best ideas are now

Berliner Zeitung, September 18/19, 2010

An interview with population researcher James Vaupel from Rostock about the productivity of older people and our continuously increasing life expectancy. He is a relentless optimist, Vaupel confesses. „But I always stay with the facts“.


Knowing more than a smartphone

Berliner Zeitung, August 2, 2012

In this interview, Andreas Schleicher – Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD’s Secretary-General explains the key tasks of our schools. He coordinates the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a survey that gives only average results for German students.

Science policy

It works with red wine

Berliner Zeitung, May 2, 2013

At most four German universities have a chance to compete internationally, says Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, the famous science manager and former Secretary-General of the European Research Council in this interview. He calls for a better integration of Eastern countries in the EU. Why not start with an experiment?

Science abroad

Inventions as planned

Berliner Zeitung, May 2, 2013

Close to Moscow a new science city is under construction. In this city called Skolkovo 40,000 people will work and do research. The Russian government is dreaming of a kind of Silicon Valley. German companies like Siemens and SAP have been asked to help.


To Istanbul and back

Berliner Zeitung, July 9/10, 2011

Sibel Surucu  grew up as a child of Turkish immigrants in Germany. She loved living in Cologne, had a good job and many friends. Then she gave up everything and moved to Istanbul. This experience has shown her, where her real home is.


„Brustkrebs: Wissen gegen Angst“ (Breast cancer: Knowledge against fear – a handbook for patients)

„Brustkrebs: Wissen gegen Angst“ (Breast cancer: Knowledge against fear – a handbook for patients)

7th edition, Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, Munich 2009, Original edition by Antje Kunstmann Verlag, Munich
„Wissenswelten: Wissenschaftsjournalismus in Theorie und Praxis“ (Science journalism in Theory and Practice)

„Wissenswelten: Wissenschaftsjournalismus in Theorie und Praxis“ (Science journalism in Theory and Practice)

edited by Holger Hettwer, Markus Lehmkuhl, Holger Wormer, Franco Zotta, Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh 2008.

My chapter: „Verstorbene Patienten sind eine Goldgrube“ (Dead Patients are a Gold Mine)

„Handbuch Wissenschaft kommunizieren“ (A Manual on Communicating Science)

„Handbuch Wissenschaft kommunizieren“ (A Manual on Communicating Science)

edited by Andreas Archut, Christoph Fasel, Franz Miller, Eva-Maria Streier, Raabe Fachverlag für Wissenschaftsinformation, Berlin 2008.

My chapters: „Auge in Auge mit der Wissenschaft – Die Pressekonferenz aus Sicht einer Redakteurin“ (Eye to eye with Science – Press Conferences from a Science Reporter’s Point of View), „Und morgen steht es in der Zeitung – Tipps für Interviews mit Printmedien“ (Tomorrow it will be in the Papers – Handy Tips for Interviews with the Print Media)

„Frauen, die forschen“ (Women who do Research)

„Frauen, die forschen“ (Women who do Research)

edited by Jeanne Rubner, Collection Rolf Heyne, München 2008.

My chapters: „Der Strom der Sprache – Angela Friederici“ (The Stream of Language – Angela Friederici) , „Die Freiheit des Denkens – Caroline Lasser“ (The Freedom of Thinking – Caroline Lasser), „Die Sonnenkönigin – Martha Lux-Steiner“ (The Sun Queen – Martha Lux-Steiner)

„Hyperactive Kinder: Psychomotorische Therapie“ (Hyperactive Children: Psychomotoric Therapy)

„Hyperactive Kinder: Psychomotorische Therapie“ (Hyperactive Children: Psychomotoric Therapy)

edited by Michael Passolt, 4th edition, Reinhardt Verlag, München 2003.

My chapter: „Gegen das Teufelchen im Kopf“ (Against the Little Devil in the Head)


„Berlin Talks on Depression“ at Charité, Berlin
May 28, 2013
Moderation of a Panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Gerhard Roth, Universität Bremen
Host: Berliner Wissenschaftsnetz Depression, Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Book presentation „Normal. Gegen die Inflation psychiatrischer Diagnosen“ (original American edition: „Saving Normal. An Insider’s Revolt against Out-of-control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma , and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life)“, Berliner Verlag
April 16, 2013
Panel discussion with the psychiatrists Dr. Allen Frances (author) und Dr. Mazda Adli, Charité
Host: Dumont Buchverlag / Berliner Verlag

Book  presentation „Stoffwechsel: Auf dem Weg zu einer solaren Chemie für das 21. Jahrhundert“  (Towards a Solar Chemistry for the twenty-first Century) in Berlin
March 5, 2013
Panel discussion with the author Dr. Hermann Fischer und Jürgen Trittin (Member of the German federal parliament)
Host: Verlag Antje Kunstmann

Parliamentary evening „The seas as an opportunity for Germany“ in Berlin
November 27, 2012
Moderation of a panel discussion
Host: Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung e.V.

Discussion evening on „Technical innovation in medicine – curse or blessing?“ in Munich
November 20, 2012
Moderation of a panel discussion
Host: UnternehmerTUM GmbH

Moderation of a symposium with panel discussion „North! Polar and Ocean Research in the far North“ (in English) in Berlin
May 12, 2011
Host: Norwegian Embassy, Berlin

Discussion evening on „Social inequalities in the German education system“, Berlin
June 24, 2010
Moderation of an expert discussion
Host: Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft

Panel discussion „Infektionsforschung der Zukunft – Karrierechancen des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses“ (Infection Research of the Future – Career Prospects for Junior Scientists), in Berlin
May 28, 2010
Moderation of a panel discussion
Host: Robert Koch-Institute, Berlin

Book presentation „ElternUni!“, Berlin
May 7, 2010
Moderation of a panel discussion
Host: Verlagsgruppe Beltz

Media Training / Media Meetings

  • Lecturer for „Science journalism“ at the University of Leipzig/ Institute for Communication and Media Research (2000-2010)
  • Courses „Competent in Public“ for members of  the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin (2005-2010)
  • Practice Seminar  on science journalism at the Berlin School of Journalism (BJS)
  • Courses for young journalists hosted by „Initiative Wissenschaftsjournalismus“, Gütersloh/Dortmund
  • Education of numerous newspaper trainees and interns


  • Acatech, Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (National Academy on Science and Engineering), Jury Text, Berlin
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Berlin (Consultation on the science communication activities of the German Federal Ministery of Education and Research)
  • Christian-Peter-Beuth-Preis for the advancement of engineering education,  Jury, Berlin
  • Communicator-Preis – Science Prize of the German Research Foundation and the Stifterverband, Jury, Bonn (2007 – 2013)
  • Stifterverband (Consultation on the PUSH-Movement (Public Understandig of Science and the Humanities) and on the non-profit organisation „Wissenschaft im Dialog“, Science in Dialogue)
  • Initiative Wissenschaftsjournalismus (Conceptual consulting, selection of  scholars)
  • The Leibniz Association, Berlin (Leibniz Management College)
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Board of Trustees
  • Odysseum – Das Abenteuermuseum, Köln (Conceptual consulting)
  • Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart (Expert discussions)
  • Foundation Rufzeichen Gesundheit, München, Jury Medienpreis
  • Theodor Springmann Stiftung, Berlin (Media Counseling)
  • TSS-Medienpreis of the Theodor Springmann Foundation,  Jury, Berlin (2002 – 2012)
  • University of Leipzig (Personnel Counseling)
  • Urania Berlin, Program advisory board