Team

  • Germany
    • Elmar Bartlmae

    • Regina Schwald

    • Corinna Barnstedt 

    • Naomi Esken

    • Sabine Alexandre-Klein

    • Ute de Groot

    • Corinna Hackenbroch

    • Dr. Natalie Höppner
  • France
    • Helga Treiber

    • Guy Mordret

  • Belgium
    • Alec Walker-Love

  • United Kingdom
    • Rhonda Smith

  • Spain
    • Luis Arboledas-Lérida

Elmar Bartlmae

Name:
Elmar Bartlmae

Contact:
eb@esci.eu

Age:
google it, if you think it matters! ?

My First Scientific Experiment:
At the age of one, opening and closing an empty box of matches sitting under my mum’s drawing table, looking out for Schroedinger’s Cat. Can’t remember the outcome.
 
My Favourite Popular Science Book:
Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, combining the powers of psychology and economy to understand human behaviour in a completely new way.

My favourite European Research Project covered:
Feed Chicken and Fish with Insects – and safe the planet!
www.proteinsects.eu
to be seen also on RAIUNO, among others

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
The Seven Wonders of the Industrial Age series (BBC, 2003) is awesome, but our film The Origami Code (France5/3Sat, 2015) is also pretty cool.

Academic Background:
Physics with Management (BSc) from King’s College London and Science Communication (MSc) from Imperial College London

Favourite Wisdom:
The future is not what it used to be.  

Most exciting journalistic assignment:
Reporting from Mount Etna, as it erupted.  

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Richard Feynman

I still need to...
thank my physics teacher Friedrich for his inspiring lessons

And scientists/engineers still should…
figure out how to grasp time travel.

Regina Schwald

Name:
Regina Schwald

Contact:
rs@esci.eu

Age:
Too old to die young!

My First Scientific Experiment:
At the age of eight, I got a chemistry set as a birthday present. Henceforth, I was seen sitting on the balcony performing alchemistic experiments. Lucky me there were fairly harmless substances and devices in the set. Apart from that enormous paraffine lighter which left significant stigmas on my finger. So, much rather a metaphysical than a ground-breaking scientific experiment…

My Favourite Popular Science Book:
“Einstein´s Shroud: The new world of quantum physics” by Anton Zeilinger.
Being a devoted Star Trek fan I was eager to look behind those futuristic physical phenomena such as teleportation, warp drive, etc. Anton Zeilinger, the author of the above mentioned book is one of the worlds most renowned quantum physicists and was kind enough to explain the principles of teleportation for my film about the science of Star Trek. Beam me up, Anton!

My favourite European Research Project covered:
RFB Solar – a German/French research project on the storage of solar energy. Ground-breaking research for one of my favourite fields: electromobility!

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
“Walking with Dinosaurs” (1999, BBC)

Academic Background:
Masters in Political Science and Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Mannheim, Germany and at the University of Waterloo, Canada

Favourite Wisdom:
“Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society”.
(William Makepeace Thackeray)

Most exciting journalistic assignment:
A couple of years ago, I produced a film about ancient Egypt. In the course of filming, we  examined two 2000 year old egyptian mummies in a computed tomography scanner (ct). The result: The first one was a fake – instead of a mummified body there were only femoral bones in the sarcophagus. The second mummy was a high-priest who descended into the realm of death because of– as trivial as it may sound –a tooth inflammation.  

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Mileva Maric (and NOT Einstein!)

I still need to...
thank my parents for my first chemistry set (see “my first scientific experiment”).
Though it was a somewhat peculiar approach it certainly sparkled my insatiable curiosity for science.  

And scientists/engineers still should…
find out how gravity really works. And, naturally: Scientists should manage to beam us all up!

Ute de Groot

Name:
Ute de Groot

Contact:
udg@esci.eu

Age:
Everybody thinks I am younger than I really am. I hope things will stay that way…

My First Scientific Experiment:
At the age of four I wanted to make an egg land without breaking the shell as I have seen on TV. I climbed a three-metre high tree in front of our house and excitedly dropped the egg… Afterwards I noticed that I had completely forgotten to pack the egg in a protective cover. Mission not accomplished.

My Favourite Popular Science Book:
A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson. One of the best attempts to understand and answer the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves.

My favourite European Research Project covered:
Kaladrug-R – a research project fighting against one of the most underreported diseases in the world: Leishmaniasis.

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
Frozen Planet with David Attenborough

Academic Background:
International Science Journalism in Bremen, Germany.
Communications study at the Department of Media and Communications on Malta

Favourite Wisdom:
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. (Albert Einstein)?

Most exciting journalistic assignment:
Climbing the Uluguru Mountain in Tanzania visiting the mountain farmers. Working with those people I´ll never forget. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Albert Einstein

I still need to...
… race with Huskies through an isolated, snow-covered landscape

And scientists/engineers still should…
work on teleportation.

 

Naomi Esken

Name:
Naomi Esken

Contact:
ne@esci.eu

Age:
Somewhere between 21 and 35 - very dependent on the time of day

My First Scientific Experiment:
How much time it takes to warm up my feet again, dependent on the time I ran barefoot in the snow (age 8)

My Favourite Popular Science Book:
Carbon Dreams – Susan M. Gaines (in the mind of a Biogeochemist researching climate changes in the past)

My favourite European Research Project covered:
ECO2 – investigating the impact on the environment from Carbon Capture and Storage, a climate engineering technique

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
World Without Sun – Jacques Cousteau

Academic Background:
Media Science/Cultural Anthropology (BA) at the University of Tübingen
Marine Geosciences (BSc) at the University of Cologne/University of Bremen
Marine Geosciences (MSc) at the University of Bremen/Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena

Favourite Wisdom:
It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value (Stephen Hawking)

Most exciting journalistic assignment:
Filming under water research on plastic degradation – working in the field, inventing solutions to unforseen problems on the go

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Leonardo da Vinci

I still need to...
Get more time under water this year (always applicable)

And scientists/engineers still should…
Propose new alternatives to private transport

 

Corinna Barnstedt

Name:
Corinna Barnstedt

Contact:
cb@esci.eu

Guy Mordret

Name:
Guy MORDRET

Contact:
gm@esci.eu

Age:
Visit my Facebook, for my birthday I’m waiting for gifts

My First Scientific Experiment:
At 6 years old, trying to make my rabbit (not my fluffy bunny) to fly … Hopefully I wasn’t tall and strong. The rabbit survived and had a long life (for a rabbit).
 
My Favourite Popular Science Book:
I hesitate between “The case of midwife toad” of Arthur Koestler about Paul Kammerer research on Lamarkism and Particle physics by Scientific American, but I’m a biologist.

My favourite European Research Project covered:
AirPROM - Airways modelling for airway diseases treatment and personalized medicine
The project was part of a very ambitious European program VPH (Virtual Physiological Human)

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
How I hated mathematics? (Arte)

Academic Background:
Cellular and Molecular Biology in cancer research (PhD), from University of Rennes 1 (F) and University of British Columbia (Can)
Oceanography (Marine Biology) (MSc) from Brest University (F)
Executive MBA (MBA) from Rennes School of Business (F)

Favourite Wisdom:
You never fail until you stop trying (Albert Einstein)

Most exciting assignment:
As a young scientist, reporting my research results to my people department amongs stood a Nobel prize laureate : Michael Smith.  

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Marie Curie (Maria Sklodowska Curie) or Barbara McClintock because I’m a biologist …

I still need to...
Thank science teachers who haven’t believe in me, who make me believe in myself.

And scientists/engineers still should…
Develop antiG devices and auto-repair organs or amputated limbs

Helga Treiber

Name:
Helga Treiber

Contact:
ht@esci.eu

My Favourite Popular Science Book:
La Science, une ambition pour la France, by André Brahic about importance of dialogue between science and society.

My favourite European Research Project covered:
Most sustainable office bulding in the world. 

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
Landing on the moon  with Apollo 11

Academic Background:
Diploma in Economics and Doctorate in Political Science from Mannheim University.

Favourite Wisdom:
The future is better than the past.

Most exciting journalistic assignment:
Working with a high-level expert commission about the Future of Society.

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Albert Einstein

I still need to...
…. Travel to Hawaii to learn how to surf..

Corinna Hackenbroch

 

Name:
Corinna Hackenbroch

Contact:
ch@esci.eu

Age:
Always 30 ?

My First Scientific Experiment:
Bringing paper to burn by using the glasses of my dad.

My Favourite Popular Science Book:
“Bionik” by Kurt G. Blüchel and for my science fiction hunger: “Gottes Gehirn” (God´s Brain) by Jens Johler and Olaf-Axel Burow and “The Swarm” by Frank Schätzing

My favourite European Research Project covered:
The Human Brain Project – it´s like a mission to mars but inside ourselves, it´s astonishing and scary at the same time

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
“The Natural World” by David Attenborough – it´s just a great director and the series gives an inside into the life of incredible animals in some of the most extraordinary places in the world! During producing our 5-parted series “Inside Nature´s Marvels” I had the luck to see also some of these places.  

Academic Background:
Journalism and German Language (BA), University of Karlsruhe; Media Science and Practice (Diploma), University of Tübingen.

Favourite Wisdom:
The longer the explanation – the bigger the lie

Most exciting journalistic assignment:
Finding microscopic small but toxic “killer” algae at the coast of a remote poor village on the Philippines.

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Galileo

I still need to...
…overcome gravity.

And scientists/engineers still should…
…find a way to do that ?

Alec Walker-Love

Name:
Alec Walker-Love

Contact:
awl@esci.eu

Age:
Generation Y

My First Scientific Experiment:
The good old balloon rocket, or anything that went bang, swoosh or pop. Clearly a love for the dramatic rather than hard science, which is why I focus on communicating rather than practicing it!

My Favourite Popular Science Book:
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. In an age of scare stories, health food fads and anti-vaxers, it is more important than ever for us all to be able decipher fact from fiction.

My favourite European Research Project covered:
The very first holds a special place; about the ‘Information Society’ as the Internet was first becoming mainstream and transforming collaboration and communication of ideas between research, politics and civil society.

A Science Documentary, I wish I had been part of:
Growing up in the UK, anything from the BBC Natural History Unit, particularly ‘Life on Earth’.

Academic Background:
Politics and modern languages with a variety of business and communications studies since.

Favourite Wisdom:
Difficult to settle on one, but most appropriate for ESCI: “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”, Issac Asimov.

Most exciting journalistic assignment:
More communicator than journalist, its my job to find something exciting about every assignment!

Scientist, I wish I had met:
In our digital age, Tim Berners-Lee

And scientists/engineers still should…
Recognise that space for engagement should be part of research and innovation excellence…?

Rhonda Smith

Name:
Rhonda Smith

Contact:
rms@esci.eu

Sabine Alexandre-Klein
Name: 
Sabine Alexandre-Klein
 
Contact:
sak@esci.eu
 
Age: 
Age is just a number!
 
My First Scientific Experiment:
Eight years old I tamed my parrot Peter for several month. Then I wanted to check if our relationship was reliable and I opened the window…he flew a vast circle, landet in a tree, looked at me and turned back. Is that where my optimism comes from?
 
My Favourite Popular Science Book:
"Une éolienne en Afrique“ by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
 
Academic Background:
German and romanic languages, at the Universities of Bremen (D), Toulouse (F) and Bologna (I). I’m mainly interested in literature of 19th and 20th century, and in general in translation of literature. German and french-german teacher at the Université des Pays de Vaucluse (F).
My interest and knowledge for renewable energies actually came after my studies, while working many years for a company installing wind energy turbines and photovoltaic panels. 
 
Favourite Wisdom: 
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: 
„Ein Buch ist ein Spiegel, wenn ein Affe hineinsieht, so kann kein Apostel herausgucken.“
"A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out." 
 
Most exciting journalistic assignment: 
The research for the documentary THE ORIGAMI CODE. Just amazing to see how beautiful mathematics can be!
 
Scientist, I wish I had met:
Marie Curie
 
I still need to...
Travel the world…again
 
And scientists/engineers still should…
Find a way to reduce plastic waste.

Luis Arboledas-Lérida 

Name:
Luis Arboledas Lérida

Contact:
lal@esci.eu

Age:
I grew up watching The Simpsons. Take your own conclusions.

My First Scientific Experiment:
Probably, the ‘Potato Clock’.

My Favourite Popular Science Book:
The New Politics of Science, by David Dickson. About how scientists had to step off from their ivory tower.  

My favourite European Research Project:
Too many of them to choose just one! I am always curious about any research initiative exploring how peer-to-peer Science Communication is to evolve due to the digital turn. Open Up could be a good example.

Academic Background:
A bit of this, a bit of that. Degree on Journalism at the University of Seville. Information and Science Communication (MRes) at the University of Seville. PhD in progress on the field of Public Communication of Science. Self-taught student on Political Economy of Research & Development.

Favourite Wisdom:
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology – Carl Sagan.

Scientist, I wish I had met:
Kip Stephen Thorne.

I still need to...
Learn, learn and, if there is enough time, learn.

And scientists/engineers still should…
Understand that science is becoming a collective, socialized process of work – claims for private property of knowledge, even in the form of authorship, are a reminiscence from past times.