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Holger Hettwer (M.A.)


Project Director WISSENSWERTE Science Journalism Forum

Project Office of TU Dortmund & Wissenschaftspressekonferenz (WPK)


Office 3.415

Emil-Figge-Str. 50
44227 Dortmund
Raum 3.415

Phone: +49 (0)160/7095051
Email: send email
Twitter: @HolgerHettwer

Fields of Research

Holger Hettwer has headed the annual conference WISSENSWERTE since 2012. Since its premiere in 2004, it has become the most important science journalism event in the German-speaking world: Around 500 participants come to the Forum for Science Journalism (www.wissenswerte-bremen.de) every November.

From 2008 to 2011, together with Franco Zotta, he headed the "Science Journalism Initiative" at TU Dortmund University. The joint project of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, and BASF SE - based at the TU's Chair of Science Journalism - aimed to strengthen independent, high-quality science reporting in Germany - with new continuing education programs and networking opportunities for science journalists.


  • 2002 to 2007: Bertelsmann Foundation: "Science Journalism Qualification Program" (together with Franco Zotta). With this joint project, the Bertelsmann Foundation, BASF and the Volkswagen Foundation provided sustained support for the quality of journalistic reporting on science in Germany. The program included a differentiated package of training and continuing education programs for journalists and scientists.
  • 2001 to 2002: Bertelsmann Foundation: Development of the portal „Internet-ABC“
  • Studied German, journalism & political science in Münster, traineeship & editor Hellweg Radio in Soest, followed by freelance work for TV production company and WDR television.


  • Holger Hettwer, Simone Rödder, Franco Zotta (2013): Was wir vom britischen Science Media Centre lernen können. In: meta | Magazin über Journalismus und Wissenschaft
  • Holger Hettwer, Markus Lehmkuhl, Holger Wormer, Franco Zotta (Eds.) (2008): WissensWelten: Wissenschaftsjournalismus in Theorie und Praxis. Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh. 

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