stories from the wilder side of science

The Author

Born in 1963 in Solothurn (Switzerland), Reto U. Schneider is the deputy editor of NZZ Folio the magazine of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Zürich, Switzerland. Before he went into journalism he graduated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich, with a degree in electrical engineering.

He is a four-time Swiss science journalist of the year and has won more than a dozen of the most important awards in science journalism.

He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and author of Planetenjäger [Planet Hunter], the story of the discovery of the first planet found outside the solar system.
Reto Schneider was the president of the Swiss Association for Science Journalism from 2001 to 2005. He taught journalism at "MAZ - The Swiss Journalism School", "Ringier School of Journalism" und "Zurich University of Applied Sciences".
Reto Schneider lives in Zürich with his wife and his son. Besides weird experiments he enjoys graphic art by Niklaus Troxler, machines designed by Arthur Ganson, acappella music and dancing Lindy Hop.


2016 Medienpreis Punkt der Acatech
2015 Medienpreis Medizin Mensch Technik
2014 Georg von Holtzbrinck Preis für Wissenschaftsjournalismus
2013 Prix Media (Swiss Academy of Social Sciences and the Arts)
2012 Peter Hans Hofschneider Research Grant
2011 Prix Media (Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences)
2011 Swiss Science Journalist of the Year
2011 Computer science journalism award of the University of Saarland  
2010 Arthur-Koestler-Award
2010 Cogito-Award
2010 Hugo-Junkers-Award (with NZZ Folio)
2009 Swiss Science Journalist of the Year
2007 Helmut Schmidt Award (consumer journalism)
2007 Swiss Science Journalist of the Year runner-up
2007 Shortlisted for Henri Nannen Award (explanatory journalism)
2006 Swiss Science Journalist of the Year
2006 Bedag Award "Eugen" mention spécial (Computer Science)
2005 Swiss Science Journalist of the Year
2005 Nominee for Egon Erwin Kisch Award (feature writing)
2005 Science Book of the Year ("Das Buch der verrückten Experimente")
2004 Prix Media (Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences)
2002 Bedag Award "Eugen" (Best Article on Computer Science)
2001 GEOD-Award (Best Article about Genetics)
2001 Nominee for Egon Erwin Kisch Award (Feature Writing)