ESOF 2018 Travel Grants

Seven institutions generously support researchers or journalists worldwide to cover their costs to attend ESOF 2018 Toulouse. These are the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the fifth European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ 2018), Nature, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.

Bosch travel grant for young African researchers

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major foundations in Europe that is associated with a private company. It promotes natural and social sciences, including public health and science, education, society and culture, and international relations.

The Université Fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (UFTMIP) collaborates with the Robert Bosch Stiftung in order to give the opportunity to open a call for Travel Grants to support 28 Young African researchers with their travel, registration and accommodation costs to attend ESOF 2018 in Toulouse.

ECSJ 2018 Travel grants

The fifth European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ 2018) is a satellite event, held on 8 July in Toulouse, just before ESOF starts. Its goal is to allow an exchange among professionals from different countries in order to assess our practices, invent new solutions and circulate new ideas.

ECSJ2018 is offering 50 travel and accommodation grants of up to €400 to international journalists interested in attending ECSJ and ESOF. The grantees are active professional journalists who cover science or science policy regularly (not necessarily exclusively), with an interest in reflecting on their professional practices and ethics. They can be freelancers or staff, and can work for print, web, or broadcast media.

Nature travel grant for journalists

Nature is a leading research, educational and professional publisher, providing quality content to its communities through a range of innovative platforms, products and services and is home of trusted brands including Nature Research.

Nature Research has supported ESOF since its very first meeting in 2004 and is funding the Nature Travel Grant Scheme for 16 journalists to attend ESOF 2018 with the aim of increasing the impact of ESOF. The Nature Travel Grant Scheme offers a lump sum of £400 for journalists based in Europe and £800 for journalists based outside of Europe, to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation to attend ESOF 2018.

Meet the Nature travel grantees!

Ignatius Annor

Ignatius Annor is a Ghanaian broadcast journalist. He presents the SCI-Tech segment of ‘The Morning Call’ on Africanews, a sister-station of France-based Euronews. Ignatius covers the latest

Information from the world of science, technology and digital/ technology innovations.

Before joining Africanews Ignatius was co-anchor of the Prime Time news bulletin on Metro TV, one of Ghana's leading news, entertainment and sports networks. He was also the main host of political shows, live national events and sole anchor for breaking news bulletins.

Also at Metro TV, he produced and hosted News Technology, the very first journalist to handle a news programme solely on Technology and Innovation, which has now been adopted by competing networks in the West African nation.

Ignatius holds a Masters' degree in International Journalism from Swansea University in the UK. He undertook his undergraduate degree in Journalism at the Jayee University College, affiliated with the University of Education in Winneba.

Sibusiso Biyela

Sibusiso Biyela is a science writer at ScienceLink, the first digital science communication company in South Africa. He is also a volunteer science reporter at SciBraai, a website dedicated to reporting in South African science.

John Cannon

John is an American journalist currently based in Gaza City and a staff writer for Before that, he lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. He has written for New Scientist,, Yale Environment 360 and Bicycle Times, as well as other publications. Always eager to find local perspectives on global stories, he has reported from Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Peru, Rwanda and Malaysia.

Pooja Chhabria

Pooja K Chhabria is a digital journalist at the BBC.

She was previously a multimedia producer for Hindustan Times and a television producer for India Today.

She tells visually-engaging stories about global current affairs with a focus on politics, human rights, and environment.

She was awarded the prestigious Chevening scholarship to complete her master’s degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently based in Delhi, India.

Follow her on Twitter: @poojakchhabria

Alexenia Dimitrova

Alexenia Dimitrova is a freelance journalist who writes for 24 Hours Daily and TREND Magazine in Bulgaria. - a biannual edition, which explores the most recent trends in scientific, social, and public life. In th е past 10 years she is also a visiting  lecturer on journalism in Sofia University and trainer for mid career journalists in Bulgaria and internationally.

Mohammed El-Said

Mohammed El-Said, Egyptian science journalist. He has a degree in geography. He is working as a science editor for Daily News Egypt and a contributing science writer for Scientific American Arabic Edition, and Nature Middle East. Former head of environment section at Welad El Balad website.

Wolfgang Goede

Wolfgang Chr. Goede: International science journalist and author, freelance, based in Munich/Germany and Medellin/Colombia. Former editor of a popular science magazine. Board member World Federation of Science Journalists WFSJ and German Science Writers TELI. Co-moderator German Science Debate. @wcg_w

Shayla Love

Shayla Love is a science journalist based in Brooklyn, and a staff writer at Vice for their health and medicine section, Tonic. She has a master’s degree from Columbia University in science, environment and medicine journalism. Her writing has appeared in Mosaic, STAT, Undark, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Kenyon Review, the Atlantic, Vice and more. Her work has won Best Feature from the Asian American Association of Journalists, the Next Generation of Science Journalists Award, and has been short-listed for the Association of British Science Writer's Best Feature. She has attended fellowships at the Mayo Clinic, the Broad Institute, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting.

Sarah Mawerere

Sarah Mawerere is a Producer working with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Radio based in the capital Kampala.
UBC is a public broadcaster composed of five national radio channels and five TV channels covering different locations and regions.

She is in charge of Agriculture, Environment and Gender programmes. On top of being a Producer, she presents and reports news on some occasions.

She has worked at UBC for about twelve years and radio broadcasting is part of her life. She has gained experience and skills in radio broadcasting through training, practice and exposure to this field of broadcasting.

Madeleine Kate McGowan

Madeleine Kate McGowan works in the intersection of film-making, research, art and activism. In 2015 McGowan founded the media-community Other Story, an ongoing documentary project, comprised of short films presenting personal stories in a world of monumental change. This is an alternative approach to news media, recording human testimonials based on heart-to-heart dialogues.

Jesús Méndez

Jesús Méndez is an MD and PhD in Biochemistry. For some years now, he has been dedicated exclusively to science journalism. Co-founder of the association Dixit Ciencia, he collaborates with numerous print and digital Spanish media. He has received several of the most prestigious science journalism awards in Spain, such as the Prismas Casa de las Ciencias Prize, the Concha García Campoy Prize and the Boehringer Prize for Health Journalism, among others.

Andrei Mihai

Andrei is one of the founders of ZME Science and a very active science journalist. His background is in geology, geophysics, and environmental sciences, and these are still his preferred themes, although nowadays he covers a wider variety of topics.

Truly passionate about both science and science journalism, Andrei strives to write engaging stories that are accessible to everyone and works within a young and independent team. Whenever he's not writing an article or reading something, he's usually travelling and exploring new things.

Eric Niiler

Niiler is a contributing writer at WIRED reporting on science, climate and technology. He also writes for National Geographic and the History Channel, and teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University. He picked grapes during the annual harvest near Toulouse many years ago, and is excited to return to southwest France and ESOF2018. He lives near Washington, DC.

Rosalia Omungo

Rosalia Omungo is a television journalist and managing editor for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in Nairobi, where she leads the Health, Science and environment desk. She holds a post-graduate diploma in mass communication from University of Nairobi School of Journalism and MA degree in Communication from Daystar University. In 2017, she completed the Knight Science Journalism programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Her work entails editing news and features, leading special projects, mentoring reporters and commissioning stories for the broadcast. She has reported widely on climate change and adaptation, energy, forests, water, biodiversity and agriculture.

She is the chairperson of the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA) and member of the Society for Environmental Journalists (SEJ).

Michael Stang

The best part of Michael Stang’s work is done for different regional and nationwide radio stations in Germany as well as in Switzerland and Austria. He was introduced to scientific matters during his studies of physical and social anthropology, geology and palaeontology at Mainz University, Germany. He received several journalism awards and fellowships, including serving as Journalist in Residence at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies in 2016.

Twitter: @herrstang // Web:

Hanqi Yu

Hanqi Yu became a science reporter from Chinese daily online media the Paper after graduating from University of Heidelberg two years ago. Her articles focus on frontier advances in science and technology, especially in physics, as well as their influence on business and society. She is also interested in topics about artificial intelligence, climate change and academic integrity. She tells stories about China's efforts on quantum technology, astrophysics and high energy physics, and records comments and opinions from international science community.

Research Foundation Flanders travel grant

The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) is the agency that supports ground-breaking fundamental and strategic research at the universities of the Flemish Community.

The FWO funds excellent and promising researchers as well as research projects following an inter-university competition. The evaluation is carried out by national and international experts and the selection follows the bottom-up principle and is conducted on an inter-university basis.

The FWO also stimulates international cooperation and encourages international mobility by giving researchers the opportunity to gain experience or work as members of international research groups or by attracting researchers from abroad. 

Luxembourg National Research Fund travel grant

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is the main funder of research activities in Luxembourg. Their vision is to establish Luxembourg as a leading knowledge-based society through science, research and innovation, thereby contributing to the country’s economic diversification and future prosperity. The FNR aims to set up a sustainable world-class research system in Luxembourg that will generate societal and economic impact in key strategic areas. To this end, the FNR invests public funds into research projects in various branches of science and humanities, with an emphasis on core strategic areas. Furthermore, the FNR supports and coordinates activities to promote scientific culture and to raise public awareness for research and science.

For ESOF 2018, the FNR has awarded 8 travel grants to excellent young researchers (PhD or postdoc), either based in Luxembourg or funded by the FNR abroad, irrespective of their nationality.

Meet the FNR travel grantees

The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation travel grant

The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation is a private institution that supports scientific research and education with an emphasis on physics. It was established in 1963 by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Heraeus (1900–1985) and his wife Else Heraeus (1903–1987). The Foundation is Germany’s most important private institution funding physics.

The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation is offering 5 travel and accomodation grants to young physicists from Germany who are interested in participating in ESOF 2018 in order to enhance their knowledge and meet with people from different fields and cultures.

The Swedish Research Council - Research for a wiser world

The Swedish Research Council is Sweden’s largest governmental research funding body, and supports research of the highest quality within all scientific fields. We are also advisors to the Government on research policy issues and work to increase understanding of the long-term societal benefits of research.

The Swedish Research Council supports 4 travel grants to enable young researchers to participate in ESOF 2018. We want to ensure that young researchers participate in national and international networks. ESOF provides young researchers with a unique opportunity to meet and engage with leading scientists from various scientific fields.

Meet the Swedish Research Council travel grantees!

Sandra Bergman

Sandra is a PhD student at Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall and is studying leadership development with a communicative lens at the media and communications department. She is working at a project funded by the Swedish Knowledge foundation called “communicative leadership development”. The project is in close cooperation with several Swedish international corporations. Sandra is interested in leadership as well as scientific communication and outreach. She is also teaching at the communication and PR program, mainly in organisational communication and project management.

Olivia Biermann

Olivia Biermann is a PhD student at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to starting her PhD in 2017, she was working as a consultant at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Olivia worked and studied in Ecuador, India, Nicaragua and South Africa, and holds degrees in global health (MSc) from Karolinska Institutet and health communication sciences (BSc) from Bielefeld University. In addition to her academic activities, she is President of the non-governmental organisation Foundation Human Nature, supporting community-based rural health and development projects in Ecuador, Ghana and Nepal.

Amir Keramatian

Amir Keramatian graduated in software engineering in 2013 from Isfahan university of technology, Iran. Scoring high on a competitive national exam got him a master’s position on artificial intelligence at Sharif university of technology. For his master’s thesis, Amir worked on metric learning in high dimensions. Since 2016, he is a PhD student at Chalmers university of technology where he works on parallel and distributed data streaming and applications. So far, he has focused on distributed sensor fusion for object detection. His research is interdisciplinary concerning both theoretical and practical issues. Amir casually bikes in his free time.

Erik Sundberg

Erik Sundberg is currently undertaking studies in Sociotechnical Systems Engineering at Uppsala University. This unique MSc programme blends technical systems engineering subjects with courses in business administration, economical history, history of ideas, philosophy and cultural geography. This mix, residing in the intersection of technology and society, greatly aligns with Erik’s personal interests and aspirations for the future. In addition to his studies, he is the President of his program’s student association and an active volunteer in a global exchange organisation. Being a true ESOF aficionado, this summer’s edition will mark his fifth consecutive time as a conference delegate.

Maike Winters

Maike Winters is a PhD student at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. She has a background in journalism and epidemiology – two different worlds that she is trying to bring together in her research projects. Her PhD studies focus on risk communication and infectious disease outbreaks, with a special focus on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Maike is also involved in science communication research at KI. At ESOF, she will present a poster about the quality of press releases from medical universities and their and their related media articles.