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Dagny Lüdemann

Science journalist, biologist, chief reporter at ZEIT ONLINE Wissen

What drives you?
Thirst for knowledge and the fascination and love for nature.

The best advice you’ve ever received?
Just give it a try.

What are you currently learning that you are not yet so good at?
To sharpen my profile as a person, as I used to focus mostly on the cause and not on myself as a person. I learnt that personal branding is also important for a career as a journalist.

What would you change if you had the power to do so?
That rubbish ends up in the sea, rainforests are cleared and fake news jeopardises democracy.

What superheroine power would you like to have?
To be able to beam myself to any place in the world.

Dagny Lüdemann

Science journalist, biologist, chief reporter at ZEIT ONLINE Wissen

Dagny has dreamed of becoming an animal filmmaker since she was a child. She experiences her happiest moments when she is allowed to fly over Africa’s savannahs or the Amazon rainforest in a rickety small aeroplane. Except when they are on fire, as was the case when she flew over Borneo and watched from the air as the orangutans’ last natural habitat went up in flames. She feels in her element when she looks a seahorse in the eye while diving in a healthy seagrass meadow or exploring the Arctic Circle on a dog sled in the footsteps of reindeer. Although the biology graduate loves animals, is often out in nature and has worked at a conservation centre for sea turtles, Dagny also thinks scorpions in her tent or leeches on her leg are pretty stupid and is sometimes a bit scared of catching malaria, dengue or just a cold before her excursions. You can’t dive with a cold. But as soon as she is out in nature or under water, all that is forgotten. Every time.

As a reporter and biologist, she is out and about in the wilderness for ZEIT ONLINE, where there is still unknown life on earth to be discovered: be it in the garden at home, in the jungle with gibbons or under water with sharks. She uncovers why species have to die and how humans are destroying their own environment. And more importantly: how we can stop doing so.

Topics

Wild animals, species conservation, biodiversity and diversity, underestimated animals, endangered nature and why it is important.

 

 

Languages

German, English

Formats

Impulse lectures
Panel talks
Moderation
Podcasts

ReferenCES

  • Uni Hamburg, Science Media Day: How researchers work successfully with the media (2024), Panel
  • L’Oréal-UNESCO funding program “For Women in Science”: Status quo of gender equality in the German scientific landscape (2023), Panel
  • German-Polish Media Days: After the Oder Catastrophe – Why should Europe love its rivers? (2023), Panel
  • Uni Freiburg: Anything but a biologist? What you can become with a biology degree (2022), lecture
  • Wissenswerte: Corona – The media and the experts (2021), Panel
  • Hamburg Research Academy: WissKomm talk with Dagny Lüdemann (2021), Q&A session

What drives you?
Thirst for knowledge and the fascination and love for nature.

The best advice you’ve ever received?
Just give it a try.

What are you currently learning that you are not yet so good at?
To sharpen my profile as a person, as I used to focus mostly on the cause and not on myself as a person. I learnt that personal branding is also important for a career as a journalist.

What would you change if you had the power to do so?
That rubbish ends up in the sea, rainforests are cleared and fake news jeopardises democracy.

What superheroine power would you like to have?
To be able to beam myself to any place in the world.

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