this is the website of the science journalist Chris Schrader. I live and work in Hamburg/Germany. My main topics are climate science, energy technology, the environment and physics. I have been a member from the first minute of the freelancer’s cooperative riffreporter.de, which explores new ways for independent journalist to publish and live by their works. In April 2018 I founded a space on the platform devoted to social processes connected to climate change and climate research. It is called KlimaSocial.
Other topics I work on include archeology. I have also written a book about creationism, the so-called Intelligent Design and evolution theory (in German). I have been in journalism since 1991 when I finished the journalism school Henri-Nannen-Schule. Before that I got a degree („Diplom“) in physics at the University of Hamburg. During my professional life I have been on staff as a science editor at three different print publications. First Geo-Wissen in Hamburg, which publishes single topic issues dealing with Chaos or Child Development (when I was there 1991 to 1994) and most recently Confidence and Heart Health. Then Facts in Zurich, a weekly Swiss news magazine (1999 to 2000) and finally Sueddeutsche Zeitung in Munich and Berlin, Germany’s leading daily newspaper (2000 to 2015).
In February of 2017 I was honoured to receive a AAAS Kavli Prize for Science Journalism (Silver Award in the category Large Newspaper). Here is the press release. The article I had written and submitted dealt with a German expedition to the depths of the Pacific ocean to study possible consequences of deep sea mining. It had been published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, here is a English translation.
I have spent two years in the US, first as an exchange student at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale/CA (1978/79), then on a Fulbright scholarship at Stony Brook University on Long Island/NY (1984/85). Since then I have traveled to the US almost yearly. Other mentionable trips include Baikonur (in Kasachstan, the Russian launch site for Sojus rockets), Tokyo and Osaka (for the world fair in Nagano 2005), Chernobyl in Ukraine (for the 25th anniversary of the meltdown 2011) and European destinations. Plus holiday trips to Patagonia and Brasil, Peru and Bolivia, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, India, Australia, Canada.
Although English is not my first language I speak and write it well enough. There are some
English texts and translations of articles I have written posted here.
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