My Mission

I want to use my scientific background and my skills in writing and organizing to make science and its societal impact understandable because a sustainable, fair, and democratic society needs to both embrace science and critique its ramifications.

Science writing should tell captivating stories about science, its complexity, history, and impact, as well as shine a light on the humans behind it.

a portrait of Thomas Zauner

My Mission

I want to use my scientific background and my skills in writing and organizing to make science and its societal impact understandable because a sustainable, fair, and democratic society needs to both embrace science and critique its ramifications.

Science writing should tell captivating stories about science, its complexity, history, and impact, as well as shine a light on the humans behind it.

What I Do

I cover both fundamental and applied sciences, the fascinating personal stories behind the research, and how science affects and is affected by society and the environment.

I write about physics, quantum information and quantum computing, complex systems and network science, biology and ecology, chemistry, and science and technology studies in the form of press releases, magazine stories, informational and website texts, and journalistic articles.

Selected Works

Pumping like the Heart

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Scientists show how pulsating pumping can lead to energy savings.

Interactive Technologies for Being Different Together

scilog – the magazine of the Austrian Science Fund FWF

The field of diversity computing wants to challenge stereotypes using digital technologies.

Mit Nanoschwämmen gegen die Klimakrise

Der Standard

MIT-Wissenschafter Mircea Dinca forscht an metallorganischen Gerüsten, um ressourcenschonende Akkus und nachhaltigere Kühltechnologien zu entwickeln.

Wiring up Quantum Circuits with Light

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Researchers entangled microwave and optical photons for the first time.

Quantum Computing Dossier

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Quantum computing promises to revolutionize many fields like cryptography and material science. This dossier introduces its basics.

Gardening for Science

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Mutants are growing in a basement at ISTA. Not monsters, but plants that serve research.

Stem Cell in Your Gut

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Stem cells rejuvinate the inner lining of the intestines. Researchers found a new environmental mechanism controlling them.

Infected for Science

Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Experts at ISTA cook up viruses in the lab to help researchers study the brain and its signaling pathways.

The Mushroom at the End of the World

Science for the People Magazine

Review of Anna Tsing’s “The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibilities of Living in Capitalist Ruins” for the Science for the People Magazine.

Infected for Science

Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Experts at ISTA cook up viruses in the lab to help researchers study the brain and its signaling pathways.

Quantum Computing Dossier

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Quantum computing promises to revolutionize many fields like cryptography and material science. This dossier introduces its basics.

Gardening for Science

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Mutants are growing in a basement at ISTA. Not monsters, but plants that serve research.

Stem Cell in Your Gut

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Stem cells rejuvinate the inner lining of the intestines. Researchers found a new environmental mechanism controlling them.

About Me

I started out with the dream of becoming a researcher in quantum physics. Yet, during my studies, I realized that many different branches of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities deal with important and fascinating topics and that I would like to get to know all of them.

After a Master’s degree in physics with a focus on quantum information and a short stint in the field of science and technology studies, I first turned to event management in a scientific context and then to science writing. In this profession, I can now work on topics in all fields of research and share my passion and fascination for them.

CV

2012–2018 BSc and MSc Physics University of Vienna
2018–2019 Studies in Science and Technology Studies University of Vienna
2019–2020 Event Manager Institute of Science and Technology Austria
2020–2022 Science Writer Institute of Science and Technology Austria
since 2022 Science Writer Freelancer

Contact

Contact me if you are interested in my work or if your want to work with me!

Mobile: +43 (0) 680 4032 106
Email: work@thomaszauner.eu
LinkedIn: Thomas Zauner