Head of Communications at the ITER Organization
Michel Claessens is currently Head of Communications at ITER Organization in Cadarache (France).
Michel was born in 1958 in Brussels. He has a PhD in science, and has been a scientific researcher over the last ten years (physical chemistry, medical imaging, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals). He has also been acting as a free-lance scientific journalist since 1980.
Michel joined the European Commission in 1994. He functioned as Head of the Communications Unit in the Research Directorate-General. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the research*eu magazine issued by the European Commission.
In April 2011, Michel was recruited at ITER Organization.
Michel also teaches science communication at the Free University of Brussels and is a member of the scientific committee of the international PCST network (Publication Communication of Science and Technology). As a scientific journalist and writer, Michel Claessens has published 250 articles and 9 books covering science communication and several aspects of science and technology.