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Karl Urban is very comfortable in outer space: As a freelancing science journalist he loves to write for newspapers and experimental online media. He is also on air on public radio stations and he podcasts: about space and life on spaceship Earth.


Karl Urban always wished to go to the stars. Instead, he founded the web project in 2001. He studied geoscience in Tübingen and one semester in Iceland – unfortunately without witnessing a volcanic eruption. He started then to work for student media and to blog and podcast about rocks and stars.

Today, he works for radio, online media and newspapers. This mainly includes Deutschlandfunk,, Tagesspiegel, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Stuttgarter Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Occasionally he also writes for SWR2, WDR5, DRadio Wissen, Substanz and Welt am Sonntag.

He is author of a nonfiction book for children (Was ist Was: Unsere Erde). He also works as lecturer at the University Tübingen.

For Die Fachwerkstatt he observes the big topics of our time: How will energy be supplied in the future? How did the planets form? And how did life on Earth evolve – and (even more interesting) why did it not vanish until today?

Karl Urban was awarded for his work: In 2017 he was awarded the Alternative Media Price in the category future for his radio feature Heiter bis aufständisch which was broadcasted in the German public radio. 2013 he was awarded the yearly price of the science blogging community SciLogs for his blog AstroGeo.


As a free journalist it is important to work independently. This means all journalistic work should be researched and written only in the interest of the reader and hence the public.

However in day-to-day work a journalist could not neglect all external support, coming from organisations or companies. Otherwise reports from far locations would not always be possible. I just accept such offers when they are not connected to any conditions. Jobs for public relations I solely accept when they do not collide with any of my journalistic work.

To be transparent in these claims I publish here all support which does not directly come from my journalist work. This list will be refreshed once per year.


  • Ministry of ecomomy, Poland: Three-day press trip to Warsaw and Gdansk to centers of the Polish space research and development (travel expenses)
  • Eumetsat: Two-day press trip to Cannes / France, visiting the environmental satellite Sentinel-3A in the clean room (travel expenses)
  • Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau: Editorial work for one publication of the BAW



  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility: Two-day press trip to the synchrotron in Grenoble / France

Karl Urban
Schlossgraben 11
72072 Tübingen

Mobil: 01522 8731208
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