Who are we?

When visiting symposia or websites, Astrid Smit and Marianne Heselmans noticed that many biotechnologists present their research in an uninspiring or inaccessible way. Information that that doesn’t appeal to journalists is probably not what patients, clients or investors want to read either. Smit and Heselmans decided to do something about this so they set up De Perskamer, and now offer biotechnologists training on how to present their subject in a more attractive and accessible way.

Astrid Smit is biologist and has worked as a science journalist for 24 years. Between 2000 and 2010 she worked for the graduate weekly magazine Intermediair, first as a science writer, later as a coordinator of the Science and Technology department. She now works as a freelance journalist, specialized in medicine, genetics and health. She lectured on science journalism for the Centre for Communication and Journalism in Utrecht (CCJ)and gives in-company workshops for De Perskamer since 2011.

Marianne Heselmans is molecular scientist and has worked as a freelance science journalist for more than 20 years. She writes on biotechnology, nutrition and environmental issues for many publications including the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the Flemish daily De Standaard, C2W Lifesciences – the professional journal for the life sciences branch in the Dutch speaking world, Nature Biotechnology and Prophyta. She lectured on science journalism and communication at the Research Centre for Communication and Journalism in Utrecht between 2007 and 2014, and has been giving in-company training courses since 2007. In 2011, Marianne has set up communication company ImpactReporters. See also her blog.