Science journalist Lars Fischer has received the GDCh Prize for Journalism and Literature 2022. The prize, which is endowed with EUR 7,500, was presented at the Chemiedozententagung in Saarbrücken, Germany, on March 21, 2022. It recognizes outstanding journalistic or literary achievements that contribute to the dissemination of chemical scientific content in German-speaking countries.
Fischer receives the award for his excellent way of bringing chemistry and other natural sciences closer to all target groups, especially via digital formats. His range of topics extends from chemistry and materials research to infectious diseases and natural disasters. In the last two years, the science journalist has particularly distinguished himself with his well-founded and easy-to-understand articles on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lars Fischer was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1978. He began his career as a chemical laboratory assistant in analytics before studying chemistry at the University of Hamburg. After graduating in 2006, he started the science blog Fischblog and worked as a freelance science journalist. Fischer gained early journalistic experience during an internship in the Editorial staff of the GDCh members’ magazine Nachrichten aus der Chemie in 2007. Today, he is an Editor at spektrum.de and Spektrum – Die Woche, oversees the blog platform SciLogs, and runs the YouTube channel “Wir Werden Alle Sterben” together with Mike Beckers.