Health knowledge made personal
I'm trained as an occupational physician (OP) and worked in that field for 14 years. Then I shifted to freelance journalism and had my own business for 10 years. After that I stepped into the (academic) world of knowledge generation and transfer in the field of work and health. Occupational diseases became are my major topic: how to recognize them, how to monitor them and how to prevent them in the first place. Being an OP as well as a journalist gave me the qualifications to be responsible for knowledge dissemination to professionals as well as employers, employees and policymakers. The close collaboration with the scientific community made me aware of the challenges and fun of doing research. Now I grab the opportunity to develop myself in that way. I'm preparing PhD research on OSH vigilance, find ways to detect new or emerging occupational health risks and diseases timely.