About Me

+I’m co-founder of RiffReporter – a new freelance journalism cooperative and of the non-profit “Riff Fund for freelance journalism”.
+I enjoy investigating, asking questions, thinking and writing for GEO magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ZEIT Wissen magazine, Yale E360 and others. Contributions also appeared in Observer, Guardian and New York Times DotEarth Blog.
+ I was Journalist-in-residence at the Max Planck Institut for the History of Science in January/February 2017, Visiting Fellow “Anthropocene Journalism” at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam and Kellen Fellow (American Council on Germany) in April 2017.
+I have worked as a parliamentary correspondent for Berliner Zeitung (1997-2001), as a correspondent on culture, politics and science for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2001-08) and as a political correspondent for DER SPIEGEL (2008-12).
+Interested in almost everything, mainly when to do with curious scientists, fascinating creatures and habitats, technical revolutions, social movements, real people, overworked politicians and the meaning of life beyond 42.
+Three books so far: “The Anthropocene” (Synergetic Press, 2014), “11 Looming Wars” (2012 with A. Rinke) and “The analog Revolution” (2014)
+Co-founder of “The Anthropocene Project” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Berlin and co-curator of Anthropocene exhibtion at Deutsches Museum
+Happy to direct Masterclass “Science Journalism” for the Bosch Foundation and Reporter-Forum since 2014
+I like to ignore artificial boundaries, e.g. between journalistic departments, scientific disciplins, world-views, although it sometimes hurts
+Enjoy to leave my home office to meet people, go see birds, explore, ride my biycycle.
+Vocational training at German School of Journalism (88-90) and training as a biologist at Free University Berlin, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew/London and University of Reading
+I’ve won several awards for my work, including the “Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism,” Germany’s leading award for science journalists and the “Econsense Journalism Award”
+Grown up in a small idyllic piece of Bavaria between the Iron Curtain and the largest US military training area in Europe
+My last name is pronounced like seagull with “Schw” (like in Schwarzenegger) instead of S at the beginning: Schw-eagull


christian.schwaegerl AT riffreporter DOT de
Assmannshauser Strasse 17 – 14197 Berlin – Germany
Twitter @chrschwaegerl


1988: First international story about environmental problems in New Zealand.