Science Communicator (MSc)

Information Designer

Marine Biologist (BSc)

PADI Scuba Diving Instructor

Founder of Significant Communication

MY PASSIONS

THE OCEAN
In my life, it’s all about the ocean! I am very passionate about Marine Biology, Scuba diving and Ocean conservation.

DESIGN & WRITING
I love making things look and sound great and I specialise in Information design, Graphic design, Writing and Communication.

SCIENCE
Science is my foundation, and I love Visualising Data and Research, Science Journalism and Science Communication in general.

SUSTAINABILITY
I believe we can change the world if we work together. I feel inspired by Nature, Conservation and Sustainable living.

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”
– E. E. Cummings

SKILLS

  • Marine Biology
  • Writing
  • Managing Teams
  • Teaching
  • Design
  • Data Visualising
  • Scuba Diving

SOFTWARE

  • Tableau
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Office
  • WordPress
  • Other CMS

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY

MSc Science Communication – University of Groningen – 2011
Courses included: Science & Society, Science Journalism, Environmental Psychology, Design, Communication Research, Marine Biology Research

BSc Marine Biology – University of Groningen (Netherlands) – 2009
Courses included: Marine Ecology, Conservation, Oceanography, Coastal Management

OTHER

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor – 2011
Including Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor and Underwater Naturalist Specialty Instructor. PADI Pro number: 298276.

Pure Apnea Level 2 (Advanced, 26m) Freediver – 2013

PADI Freediver Instructor – 2016

PORTFOLIO

WORK EXPERIENCE

Founder & CEO
Significant Science Communication – June 2017-present
Science Communication & Graphic Design

Freelance Science Communicator/Data Designer
Several clients – 2016-2017

Project Manager of Data/Design/Communication agency
Lushomo (Cape Town) – 2014-2016

Freelance Writer
Several clients (International) – 2014

Scuba Diving Instructor & Dive center Manager
Divine Diving Yoga & Dive Center (Zanzibar, Tanzania) – 2013-2014

Biologist & Science Communicator
Seal rehabilitation & Research center (Netherlands) – 2011-2012

Journalist
University Newspaper Groningen (Netherlands) – 2010-2011

Teacher & Dive guide
Underwater biology foundation (Netherlands) – 2011

Our experience was simply amazing, Elzemiek was super effective and competent. The contract went flawlessly. We only have good words for her, she is a passionate and professional freelancer. I definitely recommend her and we will definitely work with her again. A++

Ann Boro

CEO, Devoted Divers

OTHER INFO

LANGUAGES

Dutch – native
English – fluent (International Baccalaureate high school diploma)
Afrikaans – conversant
German – conversant
French – basic knowledge

 

PERSONALITY

Efficient
Precise
Responsible
Organised
Creative
Friendly
Compassionate
Professional