Sophie Fessl ist Neurowissenschaftlerin, Wissenschaftserklärerin und Schreiberling. Sie schreibt über das Gehirn, Onkologie und die faszinierende Welt der Grundlagenforschung. Folge Sophie auf Twitter @brainosoph, oder schicke ihr ein Email an brainosoph [at]


Sophie Fessl is a neuroscientist turned science writer. She writes about the brain, oncology, and the fascinating world of basic research. Follow Sophie on Twitter @brainosoph, or send her an email at brainosoph [at]

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Science Writing

Sophie Fessl schreibt über Neurowissenschaften, Onkologie und interessante Fundstücke aus der Welt der Forschung – auf Deutsch, and in English. Ihre Texte erscheinen bei Forschen & Entdecken, Jstor Daily, Cancer World, The Dana Foundation, KnowingNeurons und mehr. Eine Auswahl finden Sie hier:

Sophie Fessl writes about neuroscience, oncology, and interesting finds from the world of science – in English, und auf Deutsch. Her texts appear in Cancer World, Jstor Daily, KnowingNeurons, Forschen & Entdecken, and more. Here are a few examples:  

 Forschen und Entdecken

Der Roboter als Gefährte

Allergie-Abwehr aus dem Labor

Forschung im Tiergarten 

Österreichische Ärztezeitung

Krebs-bedingte Fatigue

Knowable Magazine

Earth to birds: Take the next left

Cancer World

Tackling cancer-related fatigue

Beating cancer at its own game

New drugs for childhood cancers

How does treating the primary tumour affect the risk of a secondary?

Male breast cancer is not congruent with the female disease

Jstor Daily

How far does the periodic table go?

A brief history of skis

The race to save the axolotl

Can we protect against Coronavirus by rewriting our genomes?

The Dana Foundation

Turning thoughts into spoken words

The end comes as a wave

Seeing through the haze of cannabis research in epilepsy


How binaural beats affect your brain – and how they don’t

Mind the gap: New evidence on how neurons connect left and right brain halves

Science for Kids – Comic books for IST Austria

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I discovered my love for quirky science during my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Oxford. I then pursued my PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from King’s College London. In my thesis, I studied how axons are guided through the developing brain of fruitflies, but also worked with vertebrate models. During my PhD, I continued communicating my research at conferences and seminars. While writing up my thesis, I realised that I much prefer writing about science to actually doing it in the lab. After my PhD, I switched career tracks to work as a science writer in my hometown of Vienna, Austria. I love to communicate about medicine, healthcare and the fun quirks of science. I write in English and German.


  •  science journalism
  • communicating science and medicine to audiences from policymakers to physicians and patients, from schoolchildren to schoolteachers (and, I guess, most people in between) in popular magazines
  • social media for science communication
  • event organization
  • conference reporting
  • editing, translating and scientific storytelling
  • press activities, including press releases, annual reports, fundraising material, science cartoons for school children, …
  • project management in science communication


I’m a freelance journalist with a focus on science and medicine. Before going freelance, I was a science writer at IST Austria for six years, and also write about other topics in science and medicine. During this time, I grew my skills as science communicator, focusing on social media, reporting skills in healthcare writing, and storytelling with data. In 2014, I attended the Summer Academy in Journalism at the University of Liechtenstein. I received an ECCO Congress Fellowship to attend the European Cancer Summit 2017 and take part in the “Reporting on Cancer” workshop.

Before working in science communication, I pursued my PhD in Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London, and obtained a First in my BA in Biology at the University of Oxford. Many nights trying to finish essays at the last minute prepared me well for my eventual career in science writing!

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