This week I for once want to write about something different than my university work. I’ve been meaning to write about my work for Wunderding for a while now. To be honest, ever since Dr Afzal Ansary came and talked to us (at uni) about medical, scientific and forensic imaging as well as about the importance of scientific journalism. His words on how images contribute towards communication of knowledge, reminded me that this is what I would like to do after finishing the MSc. And working for Wunderding seems to be my first step in that direction.
Wunderding is a website which tells the stories of science and tech start-ups that could change the world. I never thought that I would be writing about something business-related, however the mostly scientific background of the featured start-ups does connect Wunderding to my background in biology.
Initially, I had started working as a translator for the website. It was a mere coincidence that I got in contact with Alexander Schlichter, the editor of Wunderding. He had been visiting a conference for scientific journalism in Bremen, Germany, and had been renting a room in my friend Elisa’s house there for those days. They got talking, he mentioned that he was looking for a German-English-translator and Elisa remembered that I was working as a translator for pharmaceutical consultant company at the time… (thank you Elisa!)
Now, a few months later, I am thankful to Alexander for employing me via Skype as a translator and, very soon after that, for giving me the opportunity to get my first insights into the world of scientific journalism and for always being happy to answer my questions on film-making, photography and journalism! I might not yet be using my images to convey messages, as Dr Anzary does, but I have had the first opportunities of conducting and publishing interviews. And a couple of weeks ago, I co-wrote my first article (on African start-ups and their way to build the future) with Alexander which, from today, can be read on the blog curated by the Falling Walls Foundation in Berlin.
All in all, I still cannot quite believe how an empty room in Bremen was the key to my first job in journalism. Hopefully, it is one of the first steps towards further opportunities within scientific communication. I definitely am looking forward to seeing what is going to happen next!