About me

I'm a scientific and technical journalist, a freelance writer and translator, a graphic designer and desktop publisher, and a webmaster. In other words: I'm a wordsmith and a pixel craftsman, a printer of electrons and a web scientist.

I'm also a former biologist, and used to be a zookeeper: to this day, I've kept a strong interest in natural sciences, and I remain a staunch, bearded Darwin groupie.

Experience

Scientific collaborator

February 2014 – Present
University of Fribourg – Unicom Communication & Media

Institutional promotion, studies promotion, communication specialist, web specialist.

Freelance journalist

September 2012 – Present
University of Fribourg – Unicom Communication & Media

Freelance journalist for «unireflets» & «Universitas».

Co-founder

September 2007 – Present
Atelier Mammouth, Fribourg

Small, two-person studio specialized in graphic design, print layout and publication services, web design and development; also active in IT training and consulting, translation and proof-reading services, media communication.

Scientific collaborator

September 2012 – January 2014
University of Fribourg – Academic Information Service

Print design & layout, web publication & development; web expertise, information architecture, accessibility & usability expertise, knowledge management.

Projects: Website management for the (former) Academic Information Service — Print design & layout for the «Study in Fribourg» guide and for other publications — Expertise in information architecture, front-end web development, web accessibility and content management for the University Studies Portal

Web publisher & accessibility specialist

March 2012 – July 2012
Swiss Youth Hostels, Zurich

Code and content upgrade of the Swiss Youth Hostels website, to conform it to current accessibility standards.

Online communication specialist

January 2009 – January 2012
dialog:umwelt GmbH (formerly Publizack GmbH) — Ittigen – Biel/Bienne

Web development and webdesign, web publishing, text writing and editing, copywriting, scientific and technical translations, internet information monitoring, web expertise and online communication expertise.

N.B.: the communication agency dialog:umwelt GmbH was registered at the trade register under the name «Publizack GmbH» until October the 29th, 2010.

dialog:umwelt: creation and maintenance of the agency's website; customization of the theme and various plugins used on the WordPress site; photographs for the background images used on the site — creation of an online survey (Umweltkampagnen-Survey); data harvest and analysis — various scientific and technical translations into French and Italian.

Campaign «Respect and Protect» (Swiss awareness campaign for animal protection zones in the context of winter sports): content publishing for the campaign's bilingual (formerly trilingual) website; French and Italian (language since withdrawn in favor of another website) translations of the website editorial content; writing and editing of various animal species presentation records; iconographic search and image rights clearance; animation and information for the general public of the FOEN's official stand at the Natur fair, in Basel. In collaboration with: the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and the Swiss Alpine Club.

Campaign «Biodiversity is life: International Year of Biodiversity 2010»: content publishing for the campaign's trilingual website; French and Italian translations of the website editorial content; photographs for the website banner; iconographic search and image rights clearance; curation, search for French- and Italian-speaking authors and updates to the campaign's blog; community management for the campaign's Twitter account; editorial preparation for an Italian-speaking radio feature for the RSI programme «Lo Sciamano in bicicletta»; animation and information for the general public of the FOEN's official stand at the Comptoir Suisse, in Lausanne; online and social media information monitoring during the international Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya (Japan) in behalf of the FOEN's Communication Division. In collaboration with: the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN and the Swiss Biodiversity Forum.

InfoNano: creation of the Swiss central federal information platform for nanotechnology InfoNano; iconographic search and image rights clearance; contents publication. In collaboration with: the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, the Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI, the State Secretariat for Education and Research SER, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO and Swissmedic: Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products.

Web publisher

March 2012 – July 2012
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN  – Communication Division  — — Bern (Switzerland)

Web publishing, scientific and technical translations, web expertise and online communication expertise.

Content management and web publishing for the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN quadrilingual website as part of the Web Team FOEN, in particular the Swiss Environmental state section.

Production of the online version of the Swiss «environment» magazine.

Publication of FOEN's press releases and newsletters via the Swiss News Service Bund (NSB) platform.

Supervision of the Swiss Hydrological forecast and warnings service on behalf of the FOEN's Communication Division.

Social media impact and data analysis for the Swiss Natural Hazards Alert System.

Content management & web publishing for five Swiss parliamentary committees websites: the Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety SECB, the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology ECNH, the Swiss Federal Commission for the Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage FCNC, the Swiss Federal Commission for Air Hygiene FCAH and the Swiss Federal Noise Abatement Commission FNAC.

Creation (concept and structure) and production of the electronic version of the Enforcement Assistance on the movement of special wastes and other wastes subject to control in Switzerland, in accordance with the Swiss Ordinance on Movements of Waste (OMW).

Pilot project: preparation and formatting of the FOEN's electronic publications export for long-term archiving with the Swiss National Library NL.

Swiss National Window on the Environment NWE project: definition of requirements, design and specifications for the presentation and use of national environmental data by the general public.

Founder

1998 – 2008
Publipress — Fribourg (Switzerland)

Web hosting and small publishing association (non-profit): hosting and publishing services, system administration, end-user support and training.

Web specialist

Various mandates, 2006  – 2008
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN — Bern (Switzerland)

Web content migration, web publishing, IT expertise, etc.

Information architecture and manual content migration for the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN website from an older CMS to a new platform.

Information architecture and manual content migration for two Swiss parliamentary committees websites: the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology ECNH and the Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety SECB.

Publication of the Italian and English versions of the «Environmental state» section of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment's website; update of the French version.

Setup of a Microsoft® SharePoint® working environment for the Swiss Environmental Monitoring Network (SharePoint® NUS).

Web specialist – Communication and information specialist

2006
Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation – Swiss Federal Chancellery — Bern (Switzerland)

Web content migration, web publishing, web integration, accessibility and usability expertise, information organisation and architecture.

Information architecture and manual content migration of the Swiss Federal Administration's central websites (Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation, Swiss Federal Council and Swiss Federal Chancellery) to a centralized CMS platform.

Adaptation of said websites to modern accessibility and usability standards.

Integration of said websites to the new corporate design of the Swiss Federal Administration (CD-Bund).

Graphic designer – Desktop publisher

Various mandates, 2005 – 2006
University of Fribourg – Academic Direction — Fribourg (Switzerland)

Graphic design and layout for various printed publications.

Projects: layout of the «Student Programm», or «Syllabus», of the University of Fribourg (2005/2006 & 2006/2007 Ed.); layout of the «Bachelor Programme» of the University of Fribourg (2007/2008 Ed.)

Editor

2002 – 2003
AllTheContent.com — Geneva (Switzerland)

Editor and journalist for the «IT Feed» and «Technology» columns.

Journalist

1999 – 2001
Computer News — Lausanne / Vevey (Switzerland)

Freelance journalist for the «Swiss IT» monthly column and for various other special features of this (now extinct) magazine.

Zookeeper

1988 – 1994
Basel Zoo — Basel (Switzerland)

Animal keeper (wolves, ungulates, rhinoceroses, etc.) and «Futtermeister»-assistant.