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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Samer Angelone

Research interests

Since 2014, I established a range of academic courses for science communication through film: “Filmmaking for Scientists”, “Filmmaking-Marathon”, “Photography for Scientists”, “Storytelling & Storyboarding Science”, “Video-Journalism for Scientists”, and “Science Event Planning & Management”. In 2017 I founded the Swiss Science Film Academy aiming to connect science and society through film.

My research on science communication is focused on science films.


Education and professional positions

2020 Ph.D. in Film Studies, Cordoba University, Spain
2018 - present Research Visitor, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2014 - present Director, Science Film Academy, Switzerland
2011 - 2013 Research Associate, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2009 - 2011 Post-doctoral fellow, Doñana Biological Station (CSIC), Spain
2009 Post-doctoral fellow, University of Torino, Italy
2013 Postgraduate in Cinematography, Escola Superior de Cinema I Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC), Spain
2012 M.A. in Film Direction, Escola Superior de Cinema I Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC), Spain
2011 M.A. in Film Studies, University of Cordoba, Spain
2009 Ph.D. in Biology, University of Jaen, Spain
1998 B.A. in Agriculture Engineering, Agriculture Faculty, University of Aleppo, Syria


Link to the trailers of my films and the behind the scenes of my workshops.

Selected publications

  • Angelone S. (2021). Don’t Look UP: Science Communication Revisited. Science Communication 44 (3), 375-382 DOI:
  • Angelone S., Soriguer RC., Melendo A. (2020). Filmmaking courses for scientists help promote richer alternatives to chronological narratives; Studies in Higher Education 45(9), 2001-2010; DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1604651
  • Angelone S. (2019). A new generation of ‘scientists-as-filmmakers’: experiences gained in Switzerland. Science Communication 41 (3), 369-377. DOI: 10.1177/1075547019837620
  • Angelone S., Soriguer RC., Melendo A. (2019). Modes of documentary films produced by the future generation of ‘scientists-as-filmmakers’. Journal of Science Education, Part B, 285-295. DOI: 10.1080/21548455.2019.1657251
  • Mutinda M., Chenge G., Gakuya F. Otiende M., Omondi P., Kasiki S., Soriguer RC., Angelone S. (2014). Detusking Fence-Breaker Elephants as an Approach in Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation. PLoS ONE 9: e91749. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091749
  • Angelone S. (2013). War Diseases Revealed by the Social Media: Massive Leishmaniasis Outbreak in the Syrian Spring. Parasites & Vectors 6: e94. DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-6-94
  • Angelone S., Permunian R., Gakuya F., Mutinda M., Soriguer RC., Rossi L. (2012). Sarcoptic-Mange Detector Dogs Used to Identify Infected Animals During Outbreaks in Wildlife. BMC Veterinary Research 8, no. 110: e110. DOI: 10.1186/1746-6148-8-110
  • Angelone S., Soriguer RC., Chelomina G., Sushitskyc YP., Fickeld J. (2011). Siberian Tiger’s Recent Population Bottleneck in the Russian Far East Revealed by Microsatellite Markers. Mammalian Biology 76, no. 6: 722–26. DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2011.01.011

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Samer Angelone

Samer Angelone

Research associate

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y13-F-28
Phone: +41 44 635 4499