EFSJ is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote independent, high-quality science journalism across Europe

What we do

We aim to support and stimulate journalists to critically examine, challenge and assess scientific information in a social, cultural, political, ethical and economic context; to develop and support new business models for independent science journalism; and to stimulate debate about the role of science journalism and science communication.

We will do this through a variety of activities, such as organising meetings and conferences, setting-up cross-border investigative reporting grants, and running awards.

EFSJ was founded in 2019 by national science journalism associations from France, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands.

Our Board Members

Krijn Soeteman
Krijn SoetemanPRESIDENT
Dutch science & tech journalist, has been working in many different fields of science journalism, from television programs to (online) media outlets. Currently working on mobility in cities as a long term project.
Olga Dobrovidova
Olga DobrovidovaVICE PRESIDENT
Olga Dobrovidova is a science and environment journalist based in France. She teaches science journalism and communication and writes about policy relevant science, from public health to climate change.
Astrid Viciano
Astrid VicianoSECRETARY
Astrid Viciano (Spanish/German) is a medical doctor, works as the senior editor of the German Health News Review and as a medical reporter, specialized in cross-border investigations. She has worked as a staff reporter at Die Zeit, STERN, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2022, she was the first journalist-in-residence at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona.
Senne Starckx
Senne StarckxTREASURER
Senne Starckx is a freelance science journalist & writer based in Mol (Belgium/Flanders). Senne covers topics in various scientific disciplines, and adjacent domains like energy, environment and climate.
Magali Reinert
Magali ReinertBOARD MEMBER
Environmental journalist working for many media in France (Le Monde and Novethic.fr) and abroad (Mail and Guardian and Sci-Dev.net), she teaches at the Master in journalism at the Université Lyon 2. She wrote “Changement climatique. Quels défis pour le Sud?” (IRD Éditions, 2015) and contributed to the Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism (Ed. Routledge, 2019).
Fabio Turone
Fabio TuroneBOARD MEMBER
Editor in chief of Agency Zoe – working for several media, covering medicine, health, environment, innovation and research policy – Fabio is Italy correspondent of Research Professional News and executive director of the Centre for Ethics in Science and Journalism.
Mićo Tatalović
Mićo TatalovićBOARD MEMBER
Mićo is a science journalist from Rijeka, Croatia (European Capital of Culture 2020). He is a news editor at Research Profesional News. He previously worked as a news editor at Nature, New Scientist, and SciDev.Net. In 2018, he completed the Knight Science Journalism fellowship at MIT in Cambridge, US, where he researched the use of AI in science journalism.

Member Associations

Financial affiliations

For now, the EFSJ is funded by all member associations: 2 euro per member, which means: when an association has 200 members, they pay 400 euro per year.

The EFSJ is founded as an international non-profit organisation (an ‘INPO’) according to Belgian NPO law.

The registered address is: Duboisstraat 50, 2060 Antwerp.

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