Freelance science journalist Tim Vernimmen writes about all things alive. His articles have been published by a range of newspapers, magazines and websites in Belgium and abroad, including those of Scientific American and National Geographic.
In 2009, Vernimmen traveled to Beijing, China to write about medical tourism. In 2011, he spent three months in India, with the support of the Pascal Decroos Fund, to investigate the controversy surrounding the antibiotic resistence gene NDM-1.
In April 2013, the Fund supported a project that brought him to Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong for a story on the search for dangerous avian flu viruses that landed him in the middle of the H7N9 conundrum. He subsequently traveled to Borneo to investigate our role in the destruction and the surprising pragmatism of the conservationists working there.
In 2017, he traveled to Tanzania and South Africa to learn more about the sustainability of tree planting projects for carbon conservation, and their potential damaging impacts on local biodiversity.
The Fund also supported two summer series Vernimmen made for national newspaper De Standaard. The first one, in 2014, investigated the impact of climate change in Southern Europe. A follow-up series in 2020 revealed the impacts of increasing drought in Europe north of the Alps, its impact on carbon storage in nature, and the possible consequences for the climate and ecosystem restoration.