Sonja Kastilan

Germany

Biography

I'm a journalist with a deep passion for life sciences & research since 1996;
after a diploma/master study in Biology at the University of Tübingen, with a focus on microbiology, biochemistry, zoology, parasitoloy
- so I'm covering topics in the broad field of life sciences, like epidemics/diseases, evolutinary biology,genetics, tropical medicine, palaeogenetics and botanics: from Aids and citrus plants, to neanderthals, stem cells, vaccines and Wisent behaviour.

After four years freelancing in Berlin, I was working
from 2000 to 2006 as a staff writer at the science desk of the daily newspaper "Die Welt" and later the "Berliner Morgenpost" too;
01/2007- 09/2007 I moved to "FACTS", a Swiss weekly Newsmagazine, in Zürich;
since 10/2007 I'm at the science desk of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" in Frankfurt, now responsible for the science section.

Funded project

Tree Palaver

Trees are a critical factor in human survival as climate change makes ever clearer. FAS explores the possibilities trees offer for sustainable health and wellbeing, gender equality, the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and education.