The foundation of Scientific Dutchman lies in science journalism. Since 1995 I have been writing about science, both as employed as freelance. From 1996 until 2012, I worked as science editor for the University newspaper in Groningen (now: UKrant). In 2012, I switched to the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the same university, as science writer. In this capacity, I wrote news items on the latest research results. In 2023, I became the coordinator of the FSE Science Newsroom, a small team for science communication at this Faculty. (click on the image for the full news article)

Over the years, I have written for national newspaper Nederlands Dagblad, De Nieuwe Koers (opinion), BioNieuws (biology) or De Ingenieur (engineering). I also write news items for the web site Geloof en Wetenschap (science and faith). This is, of course, all in Dutch. But in my job as Science Writer for the Univerity of Groningen, I do write in English. The older science stories on the Science LinX news pages are nearly written by me (unless otherwise signed).

I’m a biologist by training, but I write on the entire spectrum of science and humanities – although most of the stuff I write is on science. I love to explain complex matters in a way that makes them understandable to a general audience. I love science – but I also realize there is also quite a bit of low-quality stuff out there. So a rigorous selection of stories is important.

At the border between science journalism and science communication, I do write for the occasional brochure or sponsored magazine on science projects. And for example this journalistic report on a symposium organized by the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW).

If needed, I can work quite fast. Deadlines just make me work more focused. After all, news is only news when it is quite fresh! My thorough background knowledge in many aspects of science and current research themes allows me to get the work done. If you are looking for someone to write a news article or a long read on science, don’t hesitate to contact me!