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Hanns J Neubert



After finishing my studies in oceanography (physics, biology) and some first newspaper articles about marine research topics I received a scholarship from the Robert-Bosch-Foundation in 1981 which gave me the opportunity to professionalise my science journalistic experience in big German magazines and the TV. Since then I basically work as a freelance science journalist for print, TV and radio. In the mid 1980s I co-founded my own documentary film company which existed for 5 years focusing on long documentaries about marine research. From 1990 to 1997 I was a press officer in the German federal research ministry, responsible for marine research. Since then I broadened my report topics as a freelancer even to climate, geo, biological sciences and technology.. Today I mainly work for bigger magazines, but organise also session on scientific and media conferences about issues between science, environment/climate, society and the media. Besides curating my own blog “ScienceCom” since the early 1990s I also founded the German debate portal “Wissenschaftsdebatte” (“ScienceDebate”). I am a President Emeritus of the European Union of Science Journalists’ Association (EUSJA), former chairman, now member of the board of the German Science Writers TELI. I am living in Germany and Sweden.


Area of Environmental Journalism Interest
Biodiversity, Climate Change, Cities, Oceans, Journalism Skills
Additional Areas of Environmental Journalism Interest
High Seas, Journalism skills, Research, Globalization, Extreme Weather, Ocean acidification, Illegal Fishing, Mentorship, Europe, Infrastructure, Arctic, Fisheries, Sub-Saharan Africa, Germany, Opportunities for journalists, Deep sea mining, InfoCongo, science journalism, Science, Journalism, Shipping, Global Ocean Commission, Sweden, Future Oceans, EU, SciDev.Net, Chemistry, Ecology, Climate science, Africa, Displacement, Journalism Education, Mariculture, Technology, Overfishing,


Job Title
science journalist
Media Type
('Print', 'Blog', 'Video')
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German, English, some Swedish
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