Helga Rietz

Science Communication Manager at ETH AI Center

Main focus: artificial intelligence (AI)

Twitter handle: @HelgaRietz

Websites/blogs: https://bit.ly/helgarietz , https://www.die-fachwerkstatt.de/rietz/

Languages: English, French, German, Swedish

City: Zürich

Canton: Zurich

Country: Switzerland

Services: Talk, Moderation, Workshop management, Consulting, Coaching, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


Helga Rietz is the Science Communications Manager at ETH AI Center. She has a background in physics and graduated with a PhD in attosecond physics in Heidelberg, Germany. Communicating Science, however, has always been a passion of hers, which she pursued first at Heidelberg's student newspaper "ruprecht", later on as a journalist for various media outlets. A postgraduate degree in science journalism made writing about complex scientific findings for lay audiences her profession.  

Before joining the ETH AI Center, Helga has been a writer and editor for the science section of Neue Zürcher Zeitung, where her main beats were physics, astronomy, space exploration and engineering. Her stories have won a AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the PUNKT - Preis für Technikjournalismus, and gotten shortlisted for other awards. She is a board member of the Swiss Association for Science Journalism (SKWJ/SASJ) and a member of the jury for prix média, the science journalism award of the Swiss Academy of Science.

She regularly acts as a speaker, panelist, and workshop facilitator.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

AI in Science Journalism

Keynote lecture at the inaugural conference of the Science Journalist's Association of India, New Delhi, 2023

This talk is in: English
From Lab to Headlines: The Challenges of Science Communication

Basics of Storytelling and Science Communication for young researchers, Workshop.
Presented at Adolphe Merkle Institute Fribourg (CH), at the Young Faculty Meeting of the Chemistry Section of SCnat, at the career preparation seminar of the German Physical Society (DPG), and more.

This talk is in: English
Loopings und andere Luftschlösser

Konstruktionsgeschichte(n) zur Achterbahn und die Sehn(sucht) nach Adrenalin und Schwerelosigkeit.
Vortrag im Kunstmuseum Thurgau / Kartause Ittingen im Rahmen der Ausstellung LOOP von Bildstein/Glatz (2017)

This talk is in: German