My name is Rosmarie Katrin Neumann and I studied Landscape Ecology in Greifswald (Germany), Münster (Germany), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Dunedin (New Zealand).
My interest in effective communication started when I became involved in local conservation in New Zealand in 2007 and is growing ever since. During my time in New Zealand I worked with various stakeholders of different interest groups including local NGOs, scientists and political decision makers from the Department of Conservation on protection issues of the endemic jewelled gecko. After finalizing my diploma thesis on the amazing jewelled geckos in July 2009 I decided to enrol once more at the University of Greifswald to advance my knowledge of environmental law and economics. Having an overview and knowing the basic vocabulary of different disciplines seems to me essential to effectively enhance the communication between different interest groups and will be of great advantage during my PhD process.
From April 2011 to July 2013 I have been able to use and advance this knowledge as researcher within the Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo) project at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig. During this time I advanced my experiences in addressing different stakeholders and gained practical knowledge about science-policy interfaces in the biodiversity and ecosystem service context, both on the national as well as the international scale (e.g. IPBES).
In 2016 I started my business Impact Dialog, where I connect scientists and policy makers and help them to communicate so it results in long-term trusting sustainable relationships.