Marta Espar

I went into science journalism by chance. Now, I love this job, which I’ve been doing now for over 15 years. Telling people's stories makes me feel good because information allows us to make the right decisions. With a background in clinical psychology, I especially like reporting on health, education and gender topics and you can find my clippings here

I currently write for the Catalan newspaper ARA and for the Spanish newspaper La Marea, as well as directing and writing scripts for the educational videos on the Xplorehealth.eu website and for other scientific institutions in Spain. 

I graduated in psychology from the University of Barcelona and in Journalism from the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. At the beginning of my career I spent four years working for the Spanish national television channel TVE in Berlin, Germany, and on the German television channel Deutsche Welle-Berlin. From 2003 until 2011, I specialised in reporting on health and science issues and I contributed freelance articles to the health pages of the Spanish national broadsheet El Pais.

In 2011, Random House Mondadori published my book Los secrets de un parto feliz, which is based on a series of interviews with leading childbirth professionals about medical assistance during labour in Spain.

I love languages and am fluent in English, German, French and Italian, as well as my native tongues Catalan and Spanish. 

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Bioeconomy
Food dangers on our 'global' tableFood dangers on our 'global' table

Global fight against food poisoning and the requirement for high quality products push European scientists into developing new technologies in food processing

24 Feb 2016
Energy
Social acceptance in new smart energy districts: a lesson from SpainSocial acceptance in new smart energy districts: a lesson from Spain

Keeping tenants in retrofitted buildings fully informed about the plans helps foster their acceptance of such change in their housing

 

19 May 2015
Energy
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofittingMultifold challenges for districts level retrofitting

Retrofitting a district is quite different from retrofitting a single building: the technological challenges involved are far greater.

18 Dec 2014
Energy
Retrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfrontRetrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfront

Involving all the players in a comprehensive retrofitting project from the start, an approach known as Integrated Project Delivery, could be the key to its success

21 Nov 2014
Energy
César Alonso: third parties play a key role to making buildings energy efficientCésar Alonso: third parties play a key role to making buildings energy efficient

The town council of Valladolid , Spain, is renovating its heritage buildings to achieve near-zero energy districts, while involving all stakeholders.

24 Oct 2014
Energy
Noemí Jiménez and Carolina Grau – solving the energy challenge in public buildingsNoemí Jiménez and Carolina Grau – solving the energy challenge in public buildings

A new project explores a new path to reduce energy consumption by combining latest sustainable building technologies in public buildings

28 Aug 2014
Energy
Tackling the many challenges of smarter, greener citiesTackling the many challenges of smarter, greener cities

Zero-energy districts are the only possible future for European cities, as costs associated with palliating the effects of climate change soar, but there are many challenges ahead

31 Jul 2014
Energy
Ali Vasallo - Towards near-zero energy consumption at district levelAli Vasallo - Towards near-zero energy consumption at district level

Citizens living in near-zero energy districts will make significant savings and benefit from an increased comfort in their homes

31 Jul 2014
Energy
Roberto Sanz and Álvaro Corredera - Control systems: a new solution for low energy buildingsRoberto Sanz and Álvaro Corredera - Control systems: a new solution for low energy buildings

Energy generation and management technologies are both essential to optimise energy efficiency when designing new buildings 

14 Jul 2014
Health
Gloria González-Aseguinolaza - Positive signs for curative treatment against PorphyriaGloria González-Aseguinolaza - Positive signs for curative treatment against Porphyria

An early stage clinical trial on patients with the rare metabolic disorder, Pophyria, has shown no side effects—further trials, if successful, could lead to the first gene therapy of its kind.

01 Jul 2014
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