Communication in Science is a small communications agency based in Geneva (Switzerland). It provides expertise, analysis and advice in the fields of science, technology, the environment and health. It strives to bridge the gap between scientists and diverse audiences, mostly lay people and decision-makers. The agency is specialised in co-designing and producing web sites, press releases, printed executive summaries, exhibitions, infographics and other communication materials. It also offers expertise on “science-based policy making“, project evaluation and impact assessments.
The core team of Communication in Science is able to analyse topics, create illustrated documents, develop web pages and animations, and interpret statistical data to help in decision making.
Websites currently managed by the agency total an average of 10’000 visits per day.
Pierre-André Magnin has a degree in biology and has training in solar energy and science communication. He masters the art of science writing, as well as the computer tools required for creating original drawings, pictures, animations, as well as web and print layouts. He is known for having launched the magazine Horizons/Horizonte of the Swiss National Science Foundation, of which he was editor-in-chief for 10 years. He is one of the creators of energie-environnement.ch, an official information website of the French-speaking cantons, for which he received the Roberval Multimedia Prize in 2009 with Derek Christie. He also launched the Garden Charter, a novel and creative initiative to protect biodiversity in private gardens, communal spaces and other areas inhabited by humans.
Mirko Saam holds a Master’s degree in Ecology and postgraduate certificates in Human Ecology, Communication and Public Health. He enjoys translating complex scientific issues into information that is easily understood by decision-makers and the general public. He works mainly on topics related to health (infectious diseases) and the environment (biodiversity and climate change). He also specializes in translating strategies into action plans, as well as evaluating the impact of philanthropic projects. Since 1997, he has been a senior consultant for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. He has extensive expertise in project analysis and in the synthetic writing-up of complex scientific, technical and medical information, in French, Spanish and German. >LinkedIn
Michel Gaudry is a graduate in computer science from the University of Geneva and a web developer. In particular, he is concerned with the accessibility of web-based information to the greatest number of people – including those with various disabilities. He is proficient in database management and is keen to ensure that his websites are accessible via various browsers and platforms. He also created La Décadanse, the oldest and most popular “what to do – where to go” website in Geneva >LinkedIn
Derek Christie (consultant) is an experienced researcher and science writer. He is a French-English bilingual, with a good knowledge of German. After Master’s degrees in genetics, statistics and public health, he obtained his PhD in 2018 from the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), on the topic of urban walking. He has a special interest in sustainable transportation and urban health. He is a member of EPFL’s Habitat Centre, and of the Division of Environmental Health and Health Promotion, at the University of Geneva (Institute of Global Health). He is a recipient of the 2009 Roberval Multimedia Award, together with Pierre-André Magnin >LinkedIn
Frédéric Pont, PhD in Physics, has joined the University of Fribourg, where he works as a scientific collaborator and project mentor. >LinkedIn
Communication in Science relies on several other long-term collaborations with researchers and writers with expertise in other languages and fields. We are therefore able to craft detailed scientific messages across an extensive array of topics, from antibiotic resistance to climate change.