My goal is providing news on (bio)chemistry, biotechnology and environmental
and food sciences. My curiosity about how life works
is sparked by reading about the results
of research in these fields. I like the challenge
of ordering information from different sources to
craft clear and accessible stories.
I am also interested in social processes. Science
is never politically neutral. Results - together with
a PR-story can profoundly influence careers and the
market value of companies. I therefore situate scientific
results within a political context in my writing.
My stories, essays, start documents and reports are
guided by the quality of the evidence and the arguments
put forward, rather than commercial stakes or opinions.
I am specialised in writing news articles, features and trend articles for newspapers and journals. In addition, I have many years experience as an editor and trainer in courses Sciencejournalism and Science communication at the Aplied University of Utrecht. In 2010, I have set up DePerskamer, together with sciencejournalist Astrid Smit. We provide courses in science communication on universities; twice a year, I provide the course Science communication and - journalism at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, for the center Into Languages. in 2011, I have set up ImpactReporters for communication in the field of water, food and energy, together with journalists Hans van de Veen and Han van der Wiel.
You can find my blog here.
A selection of my work (see for more recent work www.impactreporters.eu)
Plant programs wither under framework five,
Nature Biotechnolog -2001
bill unlikely to revive biotech industry,
Nature Biotechnology -2002
of the first International Workshop Gut flora,
Health and Disease in Amsterdam - 2004
of the second International Workshop Gut flora,
Health and Disease in Amsterdam - 2007
universities cultivate muscles out of the stem cells
of pigs, NRC - 2005
our food/promoting healthy food - two essays,
Celebrate Food, a book from the Innovation Network
Rural areas and Agricultural systems -2005
Green Development, Changing environmental policies
and practices in East and South East Asia -
report Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen UR
document IP policy plant breeding - Centre for
Genomics and Society, 2008
document IP policy plant breeding - 2008
- Linking concepts instead of documents - Interface 2010
- How the gap between breeders and food processors can be decreased - Food Valley 2011