In 2011, at the end of my doctoral studies in neuroscience at the University of Heidelberg, I decided to exchange the pipette for the pen. The Deutsche Journalistenschule (DJS) and the University of Munich offer a joint two-year education programme including theoretical courses as well as hands-on training in print, online and broadcast media. In early 2012, just having started at the DJS, I defended my doctoral thesis in Heidelberg. In 2013, I graduated from the University of Munich with an MA in journalism and a certificate from the DJS calling me a "Cross Media Editor". I moved back to Heidelberg, gave birth to my first son and started my first job in science communication at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). I authored and edited diverse publications on cancer prevention and worked as a tobacco control advocate. After the birth of my second son in 2016, a lack of funding led me to work as a freelance medical writer, a well-paid but lonely job. In 2017, I took up the position of Outreach and Local Communications Manager at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg: A very versatile and everything but lonely job. At EMBL, I handle German language media requests, manage and develop the visitor programme and organize outreach-events.
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