Our Bloggers: Who is who of contributors

Michael Brüggemann
is Professor of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication at the University of Hamburg.  He is also the Principal Investigator at the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence „Climate, Climatic Change, and Society“ (CliCCS) 2019-2025. His research explores the transformations of journalism, political and science communication from a comparative perspective.  website and contact 

photo-291Max Boykoff
is an Associate Professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He teaches in the Environmental Studies program and is Adjunct faculty in the Geography Department. In addition, Max is a Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.



Anabela Carvalho (PhD, University College London) is Associate Professor at the Dep. of Communication Sciences, University of Minho, Portugal. She has researched climate change communication for over 15 years including discourses of media, policy actors, activists, etc, as well as connections to public engagement. She’s been on the Board of Directors of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) (2011-2015), was co-founder, former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Science and Environment Communication Section of the European Communication and Education Association (ECREA) (2007-2014), and Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Communication (2010-2012).

Elisabeth EideElisabeth Eide is a professor of journalism at HiOA (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus), Oslo, a writer and a journalist. She was live at the conference in Paris 2015.




Shorouk Elkobros is an aspiring science communicator and storyteller. She is pursuing a Masters in “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP. Previously, she had a Bachelor in Physics and professional experience in communications.



Rebecca Froese is a Masters Student of “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP with a Bachelor in Earth and Ocean Sciences. Her current research interests are crosscutting the fields of climate, the environment and the international development cooperation including aspects of peacebuilding and climate justice.



Reiner Grundmann is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Nottingham (UK). He has a long standing interest in issues about sustainability and global environmental problems. His research explores the relation between knowledge and decision making, the role of expertise and public discourses, and comparative media analysis across countries and issues. He is a co-author of the Hartwell Paper for a reorientation of climate policy and blogger at Klimazwiebel. He tweets as @ReinerGrundmann.


Ella Karnik Hinks is currently studying her Masters in Integrated Climate System Sciences at the University of Hamburg. Having achieved her Bachelors in Astrophysics, she is interested in Science Communication, and the interface between scientific knowledge and the public.



Susan JörgesSusan Jörges is a student of the Master Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg with a Bachelor in Social Sciences. As a student assistant, she is a member of Professor Brüggemann’s team and publishes articles for different media. She is interested in issues about sustainability, health and climate change.



Jonas Kaiser is a Research Associate at Zeppelin University and Fellow at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. He is writing his PhD thesis on climate change skepticism in the online public sphere at Zeppelin University. His Twitter is @JonasKaiser.


Hadas Emma Kedar is a PhD student and research assistant at the CLICCS project with Prof. Dr. Brüggemann. She is interested in news reporting in times of crisis, and in her research she compares TV news reporting of Covid-19 in different countries. She has been transitioning to social sciences after bacheloring and mastering in the humanities, namely in media art. Professionally, she taught media art in different institutions and volunteered as a news presenter for the ‘Israeli Social TV’.



Bastian Kießling is a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Neverla in Hamburg. He works for the DFG-project “Public Discourses on Climate Change” which is integrated in the interdisciplinary cluster CliSAP (Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction). The focus of the project is the online communication of climate change in different public arenas. His research interests are the process of public opinion formation, political debates and also the effects of visual communication.


Joana Kollert is an aspiring journalist currently pursuing a Masters in “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP and working as a student assistant in Prof. Brüggemann’s team. Before that, she studied Oceanography at the University of Southampton, UK.



File:Unknown person.jpgManuel Kreutle graduated the Masters program “Integrated Climate System Sciences” at the University of Hamburg’s climate cluster CliSAP and worked as a student assistant in Prof. Brüggemann’s team.




Bienvenido León is associate professor of science journalism and the director of the Research Group on Science Communication at the University of Navarra (Spain).




File:Unknown person.jpgInes Lörcher is a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Brüggemann in Hamburg. Her dissertation focused on online communication about climate change and the long-term appropriation of the topic.




Gesa Luedecke is an environmental scientist with a Ph.D. in Sustainability Sciences from Leuphana University. She is a current postdoc at the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has ongoing interest in climate change and sustainability communication via media, and is involved in the Media and Climate Change Observatory lead by Max Boykoff. Her research also focuses on the influence of media communication about climate change on individual behavior.


Julia Mandil is a Brazilian journalist based in Hamburg, where she is pursuing her Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism and Media Across Cultures. She has a BA in Social Communication and has experience freelancing as well editing news. The topics she’s written about include humanitarian aid, internet freedom, sustainable development, business and, most recently, climate change.



Joost de Moor is a 28 year old Dutchman living in Belgium. For the past year, as part of his PhD in political science at the University of Antwerp, he’s undertaken a case-study into the mobilization of the climate movement around the Paris summit. Joost will attend the summit for the entire two weeks and observe protesters participating in various forms of civil disobedience and action. He will share his thoughts and experiences about climate action with Climate Matters.



Clara NackClara Nack is a student of the Erasmus Mundus Master of Journalism and Media within Globalisation at the University of Hamburg. Previously she has studied Journalism in Denmark and Ireland and graduated with a bachelor in Comparative Literature from the FU Berlin. As a junior researcher she is now a member of Professor Brüggemann’s team, freelancing for different media and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Clara is interested in sustainability, gender equality, digitisation and cultural institutions.



Brigitte Nerlich photoBrigitte Nerlich is Professor of Science, Language and Society at the University of Nottingham. She directs the Leverhulme Trust funded programme of research ‘Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities‘ and is the social science lead on Responsible Research and Innovation within the ‘Synthetic Biology Research Centre’. For the last fifteen years she has immersed herself in the social, cultural and media study of science, especially biotechnology, nanotechnology, epidemics and climate change. She blogs on Making Science Public and tweets @BNerlich. You can read most of her articles on academia.edu.


Dr. Sara Nofri lives between Arezzo and Hamburg. She is a researcher, an entrepreneurial linguist, a consultant, media analyst, family person and foodie. She has studied in many countries including Italy and in Germany and is a polyglot. Her focus is on analysing and comparing environmental communication, especially from a cultural perspective.



imageedit_5_7977865874Feilidh O’Dwyer is a former journalist working towards his MA in Journalism and Globalisation alongside fellow contributor Julia Mandil. From New Zealand – Feilidh has lived and traveled throughout Asia and Europe and can speak Indonesian. He has experience in both online and print journalism and his writing interests include politics, human rights, the impact of new technology and climate change on societies. During the summit, Feilidh wrote, edited and coordinated blog entries for Climate Matters.



SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAlan Ouakrat obtained a PhD in Media and Communication Studies in 2011. He then taught at the French Press Institute where he remains as an associate researcher at CARISM, the Center of Analysis and Interdisciplinary Research on Media (University Panthéon-Assas, Paris). He is a current postdoc at the CREM, Research Centre on Mediations (University of Lorraine) working on the flow and sharing of news on social networks websites. He is also involved in a Reuters study, directed by James Painter, about international media coverage of climate questions, which devotes special attention to the Paris Summit.


Dr. James Painter is Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. He also teaches a MSc module on the media and the environment at the School of Geography. James writes regularly about climate change in international media, often speaking at major international conferences for academics, journalists, policy makers and scientists. He is the author of four RISJ publications: the most recent being: Disaster Adverted? Television Coverage of the 2013/4 IPCC Climate Change Reports (2014).


Christopher Pavenstädt is a PhD student and research assistant at the DFG-cluster CLICCS at the University of Hamburg. His interests include political discourse, climate change/sustainability and social movements. In his research, he focusses on the transformative role of future-related narratives at the interface between climate movements, science and political actors for German and US-climate politics.



Woz_B_W_originalDr. Warren Pearce has been Research Fellow on the University of Nottingham’s Making Science Public programme since 2012. His research focuses on the changing meanings of knowledge as it moves between science, publics and policymakers, and the political implications of such changing meanings. He has applied this research agenda across a range of significant contemporary case studies, including climate change communication and policy. He tweets at @WarrenPearce.


Louisa Pröschel is currently doing her Master’s degree in Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg. Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is also working as a research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute and her prime field of interest is Science Communication.



FotoAAdrian Rauchfleisch has since 2013 worked as a  Research Associate at the Department of Science, Crisis & Risk Communication at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich. His research interests are science and political communication, social media and networks and the Chinese web.



Markus Rhomberg is professor and chair of political communication at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Germany. He was a fellow for political communication at the Mercator Foundation and visiting professor for empirical communication research at the University of Hamburg. His research interests include science, climate as well as political communication.



Alexander Sängerlaub is a 29 year old researcher and journalist born and raised in Berlin. He’s the founder and chief editor of the utopian political magazine Kater Demos. His main topics of interest are social changes and global challenges resulting from our new “information society”. As part of the team of Prof. Brüggemann, he coordinates the Online Media Monitor project. He also lectures at several universities in the field of communication science including cultural journalism at the University of Arts in Berlin.


Felix Schaumann is a student in Integrated Climate System Sciences at the University of Hamburg. With a background in Physics, he has a strong interest in the calculability of our world, and how practices of quantification shape our worldview. Currently, he is looking at modelling efforts to explore plausible climate futures and thinking about the kinds of insights that these models can provide us with.



AnneSchmitzAnne Schmitz is a 27 years old master student in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Hamburg. Currently, she is enrolled as an exchange student at Aarhus University (Denmark), focusing on photo journalism in the landscape of new media and digital journalism. To gain a more international perspective in her studies she already went to Austria and Sweden for her Bachelor. She is generally interested in intercultural communication and social changes on a global scale.



Felix Schreyer is a master student in Integrated Climate Sciences at the University of Hamburg. He has an academic background in Physics of the Earth and Philosophy. During his undergraduate studies he wrote for the student newspaper Der Albrecht. He likes to think about how society shapes climate and climate shapes society.


Dr. Fenja De Silva-Schmidt works as a research assistant and received her PhD from the chair of Prof. Brüggemann in Hamburg. During Paris’ climate conference, she coordinated the “Down to Earth” study about the audience’s perceptions of news from the conference. Aside from her scientific activities, Fenja has been working as a freelance journalist. She tweets as @Fen_Ja.  Website and contact



Prof. Hans von Storch is director emeritus of the Institute of Coastal Research of the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), professor at the University of Hamburg and professor at the Ocean University of China (Qingdao).  His research interests are climate diagnostics and statistical climatology, regional climate change and its transdisciplinary context. He has published twenty books, among them “Statistical Analysis in Climate Research” with Francis Zwiers and “Die Klimafalle” with ethnologist Werner Krauss.  Until 2015 Prof. von Storch was Director of the Institute of Coastal Research. He is member of multiple climate-related advisory boards and was a lead author of a working group for the IPCC, assessing climate change in the Baltic Sea.

File:Unknown person.jpgFelicitas Vach is a master student in Journalism and Communication at the University of Hamburg. In her master thesis, she analyses the presentation of different food choices in media reporting.




Stefanie Walter was a Post-Doc at the Chair of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication of Prof. Brüggemann at the University of Hamburg. Previously, she has been a PhD student in political science at the University of Mannheim, analyzing the visibility of ordinary EU citizens in the European public sphere. Generally, her work is interested in the intersection of political and communication science and in the analysis of news media coverage on climate change and other political issues.