Media Training for Researchers is an interdisciplinary team of science journalists with longtime experience in print, radio, television, and online journalism.

Dr. Katja Flieger, Sabine Fromm, Wolfgang Richter, and Monika Wimmer founded Media Training for Researchers in 2004. Since then, we have trained more than 1000 researchers in how to work with the media.


Dr KatjaFlieger

Dr. Katja Flieger is a medical doctor with a degree in science journalism. She has worked as an online health editor for Bayerischer Rundfunk and Bertelsmann Springer among other media outlets. She is the owner and operator of the Berlin editorial office KonTextGesundheit, founded in 2003. She conceptualizes multimedia specials and reports on developments in medicine worldwide—from Kabul to Chicago. She studied transactional analysis according to Eric Berne with Prof. Norbert Harlander (Universität St. Gallen) and motivational interviewing (Universität Marburg).

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WolfgangRichterWolfgang Richter holds degrees in physics and science journalism. As team leader at a Berlin PR agency, he advised the German government from 2000 to 2003 on its “Year of Science” program. He has been working since 2004 as a freelance writer as part of the journalist network Schnittstelle for media outlets including DIE ZEIT, FAS, P.M., GEO, BR, and WDR (radio) and for the ARD TV talk show Planet Wissen. He worked an editor for Spiegel Verlag from 2012 to 2013 and for the digital science magazine Substanz from 2014 to 2015.

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MonikaWimmerMonika Wimmer holds degrees in international cultural and business studies and in science journalism. After working at the science desk of the Berliner Zeitung, she went on to work in the Berliner Journalistenbüro, where she wrote for Bild der Wissenschaft and Psychologie heute and produced radio features for rbb, SWR, and WDR. She is a Duke University Media Fellow (USA) and Communications Officer for the Socio Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). She has completed training in mediated communication at the Europäischer Hochschulverbund (EHV). Monika Wimmer is a certified mediator and coach.

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Guest Trainers

To be able to offer you flexible training seminars on short notice, we also work with additional instructors. We are able to offer seminars for larger groups as well as workshops focused on more specific goals.


Peter PodjavorsekPeter Podjavorsek has been working at the Netherlands Film Academy as a director and producer for television, radio, and other clients since completing his studies. He has produced numerous documentaries, news reports, and short features for broadcasters including Arte, 3sat, ARD, ZDF, WDR, Deutschlandfunk, and Deutschlandradio Kultur as well as promotional and informational films for businesses and other organizations. His work focuses on themes of society and science. He has been working as a trainer on our team since 2012.



Patricia HaenelDr. med. Patricia Hänel

is a medical doctor. She teaches and conducts research at the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin on subjects including communication in the healthcare setting. As a freelance trainer, project developer, and coach, she brings scientific evidence together with experience in medicine and healthcare gained through her work as head of a medical practice, lead developer of projects for the provision of healthcare, and as the lead negotiator for healthcare service contracts. Her work focuses on healthcare provider-patient communication, team communication, and leadership communication. This includes mediating difficult negotiations and team processes and addressing questions of work motivation. Patricia Hänel possesses extensive experience in interprofessional and intercultural communication.


Marion MartinMarion Martin is a social media editor for the communication agency northern lights and a freelance social media consultant. As a journalist with a graduate degree in geography, she created the Facebook profile for the journal bild der wissenschaft in 2011 before moving the Spiegel publishing house in Hamburg. There she developed the concept for all of the social media platforms for the German version of the magazine New Scientist, and as online editor, oversaw the content published both in the the magazine and on its blog. Following this, Marion Martin took responsibility as a freelance editor for the social media account of the magazine stern viva, published by Gruner + Jahr, and worked on the editorial team of the digital science magazine Substanz, which was nominated for the Grimme Online Award in 2015.



Martin RothMartin Roth has been working as a freelance cameraman for almost 20 years. Since 2003, he has been producing diverse magazine and feature broadcasts on science and other subjects for rbb, both in the studio and on location. Martin Roth is also an expert in new media and has his own YouTube channel. From 2005 to 2011, he worked as a cameraman for soaps and telenovelas. Martin completed his studies at TFH Berlin in 2004 with a degree in camera operation . He has been working as a camera operator in our training programs for almost five years.



Desiree Kaempfert GirnauDésirée Kämpfert-Girnau is an accredited breathing, speech, and voice instructor. She trained an actor at the Franz Schubert Conservatory in Vienna, in classical ballet and modern dance in Stuttgart, and completed numerous programs of advanced study including voice work in the tradition of Kristin Linklater and the theory of breathing types. She has taught singing at the music studio Voicehouse Hannover and speech training at the children’s and youth drama school TASK in Hannover. She was an instructor in voice training from 2007 to 2015 at the SRH Vocational School for Speech Therapy in Heidelberg. She has been working since 2017 as a voice therapist and vocal trainer in her own practice, “Praxis für Stimme und Sprechen” in Heidelberg. She has been a certified mediator since 2019.

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