Sorina Buzatu

It was by chance that I became a science journalist. I was covering the field of education at the national Romanian news agency Agerpres. It was my first job after graduating from journalism school. I started covering science when the research portfolio was attached to the larger umbrella of the education Ministry responsibility.

Shortly afterwards, I became fascinated by its results and its potential. I visited labs, institutes and research units. I also joined researchers on the ground and I really enjoyed writing about their discoveries. Until then, I had mainly considered the humanistic side of life. But I found that the science could be presented as a piece of art, as well, by combining the skills of the writer with the innovative craft of the researcher.

I also previously worked in communication roles with human rights Non Governmental Organisations including Save the Children Romania, the Centre for Legal Resources (Centrul de Resurse Juridice), the Romanian Center for Education and Human Development (Centrul Roman pentru Educatie si Dezvoltare  Umana). In October 2012, I came back to journalism and I started working for youris.com , covering science internationally. I do believe science deserves a broader public attention and that the scientists’ work to be portrayed in a balanced manner. 

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Society
Cities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weatherCities: surviving floods and significant whims of the weather

The frequency and severity of the latest extreme weather events in Europe has sent out a strong alarm signal, urging both local authorities and scientists to act. Part of the solution to counter the devastating effects of floods on human communities could be long-term climate forecasting, backed by assessments on the vulnerability of towns and cities

22 Sep 2016
Energy
Turkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the countryTurkey: Izmir drives smart city development in the country

With centralised municipal management of utilities such as transport, water or waste services, Izmir is a pioneer of urban development in Turkey. The country’s third biggest city is fast developing and is fully leveraging IT to improve citizens’ lives

01 Sep 2016
Bioeconomy
A low-energy formula for safeguarding foodA low-energy formula for safeguarding food

We’ve already written about the HPT technique for processing food which combines high pressure with temperature. Now we’ve chased the food industries that are testing this innovative technology to understand if it can be applied on a large scale

24 May 2016
Energy
Turkey's solar market has started 'teething'Turkey's solar market has started 'teething'

Although in its infancy, solar energy generation in Turkey has a promising outlook

14 Mar 2016
Energy
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the citiesDressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities

A higher volume of electricity delivered to the grid requires adaptation of the current transmission lines and improvement of the system’s security. To this end, innovative materials and geometries of components are being designed and tested

11 Feb 2016
Energy
A hundred percent greener outlook for cities in TurkeyA hundred percent greener outlook for cities in Turkey

Endowed with renewable resources, such as wind, sun, geothermal and hydro, the country is still relying on coal and other fossil fuels to produce its energy. Forward-looking public policies could make the difference and lead to sustainable and less polluted urban areas in the coming decades

21 Dec 2015
Energy
Clean energies in need of a long term visionClean energies in need of a long term vision

Although cheaper than polluting fossil fuel-based energy, electricity coming from renewable sources lacks clear regulations that would enable it to be used at large scale.

16 Nov 2015
Energy
Buildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s citiesBuildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s cities

An innovative façade, able to turn solar energy into heat for residents’ use, will be installed next year in a building in Merida, Spain. The complex insulation system has passed all the tests and will prove its capabilities in real-life conditions

10 Nov 2015
Energy
Turkish hospital retrofitting makes sustainable energy use case studyTurkish hospital retrofitting makes sustainable energy use case study

A hospital in Aydin, Turkey, will serve as a test case to demonstrate that it is possible to reduce its energy consumption by 50%, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, with retrofitting solutions

10 Jul 2014
Health
Anne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetesAnne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetes

Obesity puts people at risk of type-2 diabetes. But new research aims to find a combined diet-exercise prescription for keeping the optimal body weight, which may help prevent the disease. 

09 May 2014
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