Spread The Nerd
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Spread the Nerd brings together a multidisciplinary team from a variety of media sectors. Everyone here gets excited about research, and that’s ideal for designing compelling formats! We’ll handpick the right team members for your project.

Johanna Barnbeck is an expert in science communication and format development. Having trained as a culture analyst and artistic researcher, she produces creative concepts and oversees the production process. She has served as a jury member for the Fast Forward Science film prize, and she delivers seminars on visual science communication at Germany’s National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik). She’s passionate about using modern communication to work in the areas of tension between theory and praxis.

Wim Dijksterhuis is an expert in motion design and visualization. Having trained in film studies and creative direction, he distils complex information into succinct and expressive visual formats. Wim’s clients in this area include the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, and DutchCulture. He’s passionate about using visual aids to make research easy to understand.

Max Dorando is an expert in organizational consulting, strategy, and change processes. Having trained in economics and business education, he specializes in consulting for universities. Max is a cofounder of ConsultContor, and a trainer, coach, and supervisor (DGSv).  He’s passionate about working with clients to develop and implement longterm strategies.

Juri Hiensch is an expert in design and web development. Having trained in photography, he offers a wide range of creative skills. In addition to programming, he is involved in design and visual language. He’s passionate about the idea that life involves both learning and failure, and that you can always create and learn something new from both.

Grace Fox is an expert in grant applications and translation. She has worked in science publishing since 2005, both on the editorial side (J Med Chem, Anal Bioanal Chem, Biosens Bioelectron) and with authors worldwide. She also offers support with grant applications (NIH, ERC). She’s passionate about finding simple language for complex research, and about applying cognitive principles to science communication.

Dr. Petra Krimphove is an expert in editorial work and presenting scientific topics to a broad readership. Having trained in literary studies, she has worked for many years as a freelance journalist in Germany (and occasionally in the US) for media organizations, grant foundations, and other science organizations. In addition, she produces, edits, proofreads, and translates texts from English to German (e.g. Wissenschaft im Dialog, Forschungsfelder (BMEL-Magazin), Teilchenphysik.ch, swissinfo.ch, Aktive Bürgerschaft). She’s passionate about finding the answers to those research questions that one should always find at the start of a good text.

Filip Mertens is an expert in a variety of programming languages, and in linking technologies with concepts. A born tinkerer, he gets excited about any kind of technical challenge for which there are no existing solutions. He’s passionate about the way that research can gradually make the world a better place, and how communication and understanding are at the forefront of this process.

Rolf Schulten is an expert in visual science communication. Having trained in photography, he produces portraits and event photos, and uses his camera to document people at work and in their world. He’s passionate about capturing complex processes with clear pictures.

André Wunstorf is an expert in photography. Having trained in literary studies and photography, he’s always on the lookout for compelling photos, whether that’s symbolic still lifes in the studio or on-location portraits of the people behind the research. André’s clients in this area include the TAZ newspaper, the Fraunhofer Institute, Berliner Festspiele, VW, and Humboldt University. He’s passionate about finding concrete images for abstract content.

Katja Hanke is an expert in podcasts and editorial writing.

Thuy Anh is an expert in online communication and social media.

Felix is an expert for visual design and User Experience Design (UX). As a trained communications designer he focuses on the user and target groups when creating visual designs. He has worked for a variety of organisations such as the Martin-Gropius-Bau and well-known design studios. Felix loves to analyse  complex requirements, take them apart into their components, only to put them back together in a well-designed and meaningful way.


Spread the Nerd
Agency for Science Communication
and Format Development

Ohlauer Str. 5-11
10999 Berlin

+49 (0)172 712 66 25