by Iva Raynova. Published: 10 November 2015

Dear readers,

My name is Iva and I have come to CERN to serve as your new ALICE Matters writer. My journey here started in the middle of August with an internship in the Communications group, during which I found out about the opening for this position.

I will keep this introduction short, since I find it much more fulfilling to write about other people and subjects that interest me, rather than about myself. And to that first thing you learned about me, I could also add that I come from Bulgaria and that I’m a student in Journalism, currently writing my Bachelor’s thesis, which is focused on the problems in communicating scientific topics in Bulgarian media.

I’ve been fascinated with science ever since I learned how to read, although the rough relationship I had with maths during my school years never allowed me to imagine that I could do something even remotely related to science. In addition, my whole family consists of journalists and I practically grew up in a radio station, so I didn’t even give it a thought when I had to choose what career to pursue.

Later on I realized that journalism itself isn’t something thrilling for me, which lead me to the idea that I could combine my studies with my passion for physics and try to become a science journalist. So far I have worked in two Bulgarian radio stations, where I created a series of scientific features, and in Forbes Bulgaria magazine.

I know that I will have a great time here, in ALICE. If you want to meet me, you are more than welcome in building 12, rez-de-chaussée, office 004. Especially if you want an article about yourself in ALICE Matters!