The Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the University of Heidelberg have initiated the Springer Nature Visiting Professorship. The visiting professorship serves to impart the importance and the value of science communication. The visiting professors should convey high-quality reporting on science. Excellent science communication and quality journalism should be sustainably promoted. First Springer Nature Visiting Professor was Sir Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of Springer Nature and editor emeritus of the renowned magazine nature.
For the winter semester 2019/2020, the renowned science journalist Dagmar Röhrlich has taken over the visiting professorship. The studied geologist and geophysicist works as a freelance journalist for radio and print media. Her radio features have been heard on WDR, Deutschlandfunk and Südwestrundfunk, among others. For her radio work she received the Georg von Holtzbrinck Award for Science Journalism in 1999. In 2010 Röhrlich was "Goethe Writer in Residence" at the University of British Columbia, where she conducted research for the "Census of Marine Life" and held seminars at the Institute of Journalism.