I have shared my scientific knowledge through various outreach activities. These include interviews for television (e.g. euronews, France24, WDR), radio (e.g. BBC, Deutschlandfunk) and newspaper and magazines (e.g. The Independent, Le Figaro, New Scientist, Volskrant). My work was featured in more than 600 newspapers and websites in over 60 countries – among others in Time Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC news, Fox News, Bloomberg, Newsweek, Science, National Public Radio and Der Spiegel. I strongly believe in inspiring the next generation of scientists, and trying to pursue this ambition, I regularly give presentations in primary and secondary schools.

List of outreach activities (non-exhaustive):

  • Live interview for ‘France 24’ during headlines (English) on president’s Macron measures to protect the Mt. Blanc area (13 February 2020)
  • Live interview for ‘France 24’ during headlines (French) on president’s Macron measures to protect the Mt. Blanc area (13 February 2020)
  • Live interview for ‘euronews’ in ‘Good Morning Europe’ show on president’s Macron measures to protect the Mt. Blanc area (13 February 2020)
  • Interview for ‘De Standaard’ on publication by Gabrieli and colleagues (PNAS, 2020): ‘Vroegste industrieel roet waaide van Engeland naar Himalaya’ (11 February 2020)
  • Interviewed for ‘Volkskrant’ on publication by Immerzeel and colleagues (Nature, 2020): ‘Wetenschappers brengen ‘watertorens’ in kaart: ‘De vraag naar water gaat enorm toenemen’’ (25 January 2020)
  • Co-author on article ‘The potential of deglacierising basins’ for ‘Water Power Magazine’ (December 2019)
  • Modelling of future evolution all glaciers in the European Alps appears in the “10 new insights in climate science” that was released and handed over to Patricia Espinosa (executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) at COP25 in Madrid (6 December 2019)
  • Interview for ‘Futur Simple: Épisode 10: La fonte des Alpes’ for ‘RTBF: la première’ (18 November 2019)
  • Radio interview on ‘Large hydropower and water storage potential in future glacier-free basin’ for ‘De Ochtendspits’ on ‘BNR Nieuwsradio’ (15 November 2019)
  • Interview for ‘Scientias.nl’: ‘Onderzoekers willen dammen bouwen voor toekomstige weggesmolten gletsjers’ (14 November 2019)
  • Interview for VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie): ‘Smeltende gletsjers kunnen gigantische hoeveelheden elektriciteit produceren’ (13 November 2019)
  • Interview for ‘Scientias.nl’: ‘Zwitserland raakt een gletsjer kwijt’ (1 October 2019)
  • Live interview for ‘euronews’ in ‘Good Morning Europe’ show on risk of glacier collapse of Planpincieux glacier (26 September 2019)
  • Interview for ‘Journal Télévisé de 13h et 19h30’ for ‘RTBF’: ‘nouveau rapport du GIEC’ (25 September 2019)
  • Interview for ‘Nieuwsblad’, ‘Het Belang van Limburg’ en ‘Gazet van Antwerpen’: ‘Code Rood voor de Mont Blanc: enorme gletsjer dreigt in te storten’ (25 September 2019)
  • Interview for ‘De Telegraaf’: ‘Gebied rond Mont Blanc afgezet en huizen ontruimd’ (25 September 2019)
  • Modelled future glacier evolution European Alps featured on BBC news: Pizol glacier: Swiss hold funeral for ice lost to global warming (www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49788483), Spiegel (www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/gletscher-in-den-alpen-weg-ist-weg-a-1288563.html) and Zeit (www.zeit.de/wissen/umwelt/2019-09/sonderbericht-klimawandel-ipcc-report-ergebnisse-weltklimarat-klimaschutz) (22-25 September 2019)
  • Future glacier evolution European Alps featured in ‘Climate now’ on euronews: ‘From Siberia to Switzerland, scorching August leads to more fires, less ice’ (www.euronews.com/2019/09/16/from-siberia-to-switzerland-scorching-august-leads-to-more-fires-less-ice) (16 September 2019)
  • Interview for ‘De Standaard’: ‘Klimaatsverandering bedreigt bakermat van bergklimmen’ (28 August 2019)
  • Interview ‘Recordhoeveelheid ijs gesmolten op Groenland: “Dit is alarmerend” ’ for Nieuwsblad, Gazet van Antwerpen (GVA) en Het Belang van Limburg (HBVL) (2 August 2019)
  • Interview ‘Hittegolf in Groenland: absoluut smeltrecord op één dag’ for VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie) (2 August 2019)
  • Interviewed about the ‘Beyond EPICA’ project, aiming at retrieving the oldest ice from a vertical ice core in Antarctica. NTN24, Bogota, Colombia (3 June 2019)
  • Future glacier projections glaciers in the European Alps (Zekollari et al., 2019) used for expo ‘Goodbye glaciers’, in among others Bolzano, Galtür and Innsbruck (31 May 2019 – 27 September 2020)
  • Planet press article (scientific article explained in 300 words for kids between 7 and 13 years old): Alps could lose most of their glaciers by 2100 – based on publication ‘Modelling the future evolution of glaciers in the European Alps under the EURO-CORDEX RCM ensemble’ (Zekollari et al., 2019, The Cryosphere)
  • Research featured in New Scientist article ‘Is there anything we can do to stop Greenland from turning green?’ (1 May 2019)
  • Highlighted in TUDelft university newspaper ‘Delta’: www.delta.tudelft.nl/article/will-there-be-ice-left-end-century (29 April 2019)
  • Research featured on BBC website: ‘The ancient memories trapped in the world’s glaciers’, www.bbc.com/future/story/20190417-preserving-ice-from-glaciers-being-melted-by-climate-change (17 April 2019)
  • Work presented in ‘Modelling the future evolution of glaciers in the European Alps under the EURO-CORDEX RCM ensemble’ was disseminated through more than 15 interviews with international press agencies, newspapers and broadcasting agencies (radio and television). The article was widely covered in the international media (e.g. BBC, France24, euronews, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Bloomberg, Fox News, Newsweek, Science, Eos). With an altmetric score of 592 (as of February 2020), this is the all-time second most picked up publication from The Cryosphere (out of >1600 articles).
    • Interviews (in person, phone, Skype, email) given to: BBC radio, The Guardian, Independent, Agence France Presse, New Scientist, Euronews (x2), France 24, WDR, Figaro, Earther, Volkskrant, RTBF, De Morgen, Publico, Mongabay, Earther.
    • Projections of glacier evolution in the Alps used in various outreach activities (e.g. Climate bootcamp of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, presentation for 150 years of Deutscher Alpenverein, Wasser Energie Luft magazine) and (under)graduate courses (Surface water hydrology & Land-climate dynamics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel) (2019)
  • Press conference on EGU2019 abstract: ‘Modelling the dynamics and future evolution of Alpine glaciers under the EURO-CORDEX RCM ensemble’ (Vienna, April 2019)
  • Interviewed by Deutschlandradio/Deutschlandfunk (DLF) – Forschung aktuell: future evolution of glaciers in the European Alps (28 February 2019)
  • Various interviews for secondary school students concerning glaciers and climate change: in Zürich (January 2019) and Brussels (February 2019)
  • Member of the Cryo Connect Network, a non-profit gateway facilitating information exchange between cryo scientists, journalists, policy makers and everyone else with a professional interest in the Cryosphere (2018-…)
  • Interview ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ (Bruzz, 02/08/2017)
  • Interview ‘Lawinegevaar’ (De Morgen, 09/03/2017)
  • Interview ‘Waar het nog wel veilig skiën is? Óp de piste, tiens’ (Het Laatse Nieuws, 09/03/2017)
  • Interview ‘Lage skigebieden zijn ten dode opgeschreven’ (Het Laatste Nieuws Online, 08/03/2017)
  • Interview ‘Europa onder de ijskap: hoe ijstijden ons landschap veranderden’ for kbf (Klim- en bergsportfederatie Vlaanderen) Magazine (February 2016)
  • Contributor to scientific block calendar ‘Wetenschappelijke scheurkalender 2016’ (Veen Media, 2016)
  • Interviewed for documentary on melting glaciers and impact for farmers in the European Alps by ‘Karrewiet’ (Belgian National Television Kids News) (December 2015)
  • Blog and video for wtnschp.be: ‘A stay at world’s northernmost university: 5 weeks in Svalbard’ (October 2015)
  • Interview and photo material provider for folder ‘Master of Science in Geography’ (VUB) (academic year 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019) and social media (Facebook, Twitter) (September 2015)
  • Invited speaker ‘Wetenschapscafé: Klimaatsverandering: wordt het te warm onder onze voeten?’ (Ghent, April 2015)
  • Regular answerer to questions from broad public concerning climatology and glaciology on www.ikhebeenvraag.be (37 questions) (2012-….)
  • ‘FWO Researcher in the spotlight’ blog writer (June 2014)
  • Presentation for Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (UCOS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel: A look at the research of the ‘Ice and Climate’ Group (VUB): why glaciology matters
  • Presentation ‘Life and fieldwork in Antarctica: impressions from a 10 week expedition’ in various schools: GTIL (Londerzeel), Vilvoorde (KAV), Tervuren (Ingenium) (2013-2017)
  • Video shot during Antarctic expedition used in national news bulletin (EEN, 13 and 19 journaal, and RTL-TVI) (2013)
  • Interviewed for documentary about the exposition “Inside the Station” on national TV (Karrewiet, KETNET, 23/05/2013)
  • Organisation of workshops for kids on glaciological research in the occasion of the Antarctic Treaty Meeting (Brussels, 2013)