Thomas Deichmann

Thomas Deichmann is founder and since 1992 Editor in Chief of the bi-monthly German magazine NovoArgumente, published in Frankfurt. Since 1993 he has worked as a freelance journalist and researcher for numerous quality papers across Europe, including Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Focus, Die Zeit, Financial Times Deutschland, Die Welt, Brand eins, Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Die Tageszeitung, Ernaehrungsdienst (all Germany), Der Standard (Austria), Profil (Austria), Weltwoche (Switzerland), De Groene Amsterdammer (Netherlands), Trouw (Netherlands), De Morgen (Belgium), Helsingborgs Dagblad (Sweden), spiked (UK).

During the 90s, Deichmann’s journalism covered international relations and the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Since 1999 he has focused his research and writing on science topics, and modern biotechnology in particular. His investigative journalism and his ‘enlightenment’ approach repeatedly cause international and national wide debates. He has appeared on radio and TV repeatedly. He has lectured at universities and journalism schools such as the Henri Nannen Schule (Berlin), Schule für Publizistik (Cologne) and Technische Universität Berlin on reporting and journalistic standards.

He studied Civil Engineering at Darmstadt University and was awarded his diploma in 1989, spending some years working at Darmstadt University and as a freelance engineer.

 Related Sessions

Saturday 1 November 2008, 3.30pm Lecture Theatre 2
Can GM crops feed the world?


Die Steinzeit steckt uns in den Knochen: gesundheit als erbe der evolution [The Stone Age sticks in our bones: the evolutionary heritage of health] (Piper, 2009)
Leben, Natur, Wissenschaft. Alles, was man wissen muss [Life, Nature, Science: All You Need to Know] (Eichborn, 2003)
Das Populäre Lexikon der Gentechnik: Überraschende Fakten von Allergie über Killerkartoffel bis Zelltherapie (Eichborn, 2001) [The Popular Lexicon of Genetic Engineering: Surprising Facts, from Allergy and Killer Potatoes to Cell Therapy].

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