2013, Science Communication, Public Health, Bonn

Some new years bring with them just a change of numbers – other new years bring bigger changes. 2013 seems to be of the later categories. At least if you consider moving to a different country a change. Starting from later this January, I will exchange my Copenhagen address for an address in Bonn, Germany. I guess you could claim that I’ll start a new life as a Bonn-girl.

To those who are unfamiliar with German geography

To those who are unfamiliar with German geography

I have on previous occasions moved abroad to take on new jobs (in China, Switzerland and Japan) but this time no fixed job awaits me. Rather, I have the opportunity to explore different options, try out my freelance skills and at the same time live with the person dearest to my heart.

I must admit that I know very little about Bonn. Both in general but also when it comes to the activities in science communication and in public health. Actually, I know very little about the status of science communication in Germany in general. However, since I plan to stay in the field of Public Health Science Communication, which I find to be both super interesting and a an important topic for public health, I truly can say that look forward to exploring it.

Apart from finding out what goes on in Science Communication in Germany, I still plan to have my feet planted into Danish Public Health Science Communication – as well as into global Public Health Science Communication. One of the wonders of social media (and the internet in general) is that it really doesn’t matter where you are – you are free to  work and stay connected with the entire world.

So far I haven’t got a clear-cut plan for my Bonn life, but lots of ideas, already a few assignments and a long list of opportunities. Bonn is a UN-city with a bunch of UN agencies present, so it is likely that I can engage with them. Especially due to the fact that I have experiences working with them already. The United Nations University is located in Bonn and several German Universities are close by (Bonn University, University of Cologne to mention a few) as well as a number of international NGOs and other organisations are based in Bonn. If they are not already working on science communication and social media then there is certainly a lot of new ground to made there!

Should any reader of this blog know of relevant people to in Germany to engage with,  Institutions working on science communication and social media, University courses related to science communication etc. please don’t hold back. I’d love to hear about it.

I promise to keep you all on posted on my doings in Public Health Science Communication in Bonn and in the rest of the world. So far assignments with the Department of Public Health, Medical Museion, and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University Copenhagen will take up my time as will communication assignments with the European Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (WHO). I would also love to explore opportunities for continuing teaching Public Health Science Communication. Perhaps the course Public Health Science Communication which I taught last year at University of Copenhagen can be adapted to other universities….

Anyhow, with this first blog post of 2013 I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year where ever you are based. Bonn adventures awaits and I look forward to you being a part of them. If not in any other ways, then by following my scribbles here on this blog.

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10 thoughts on “2013, Science Communication, Public Health, Bonn

    • Thanks Boris! Had not come across the MASIS project, so great to be made aware of it! Will definitely take a closer look at the report for Germany. All the best to you too, and thanks for the comment

  1. happy new year to you too and best of luck for your new beginning(s)!
    Interesting to see that you have lived in Switzerland too, that’s where we are based. hopefully you will find interesting things to do. I look forward to your updates!

    • Many thanks! Yes, I was based in Geneva working for the World Health Organisation for two years. I hope to pass by Geneva sometime in 2013. Where is the International Journal of Public Health is based? Would be great to meet up in real life too

      All the best to you too

      • somehow I missed your reply, sorry! We are based in Bern, but I also work in Lausanne sometimes; easier to meet up if you are ever in Geneva! Let me know, it will be a pleasure! thinking about it, how would you feel to give a talk at our institute (www.ispm.ch). Cannot promise anything, but it would worth trying!

    • Sorry to taking so long to get back to you! I’ll definitely let you know when I’m in geneva and surroundings. And about giving a talk at your institute would be just great! Please do let me know if you’re interested in that! Cheers from Bonn

  2. Out of sheer curiosity, how’re you finding the differences between Asia and Europe? Manageable at this stage? I’m only asking as I’ve lived in and traveled around China myself for a number of years and have seen a number of…differences…in the way a lot of healthcare is both perceived and practiced. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on it, if you don’t mind 🙂

  3. Pingback: Experiences with teaching Public Health Science Communication « Public Health Science Communication 2.0

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