Over the past 25 years I have published on various scientific and technical issues in Dutch, German and British media. I mainly write about physics, and several technological issues, related to energy, communication and infrastructure. The last few years I also reported about data driven research in social sciences.
I was born in Amsterdam (1962), where I studied physics. As an editor, I coordinated the technical reporting of a weekly newspaper for engineers. Since 1992 I have worked as a freelance journalist for NRC Handelsblad, the weekly Intermediair and various other journals. I was a contributing writer for books and television productions. In the past, I wrote for the German VDI Nachrichten, the British Physics Today, and American computer magazines.
In September 2010 I published the book 2030: Technology that will change the world at Oxford University Press. This book deals with the technological causes of global crises. In it I give an overview of innovative technologies that address the social problems of the next twenty years.
I live and work alternately in Amsterdam and Berlin. Besides my native Dutch, I am fluent in German and English.