Martin Enserink is a Deputy News Editor at Science, based in Amsterdam. He is currently on sabbatical.
Martin received a master’s degree in biology from the University of Groningen and worked for various publications in the Netherlands before joining Science in 1999. He was an online news editor and reporter at the magazine’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., for 5 years and became a European correspondent, based in Paris, in 2004. In 2011, he became Science’s European News Editor, and in 2018, the International News Editor, a position in which he coordinated and edited news from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has edited a big portion of Science’s COVID-19 coverage.
Martin’s own writing has focused on global health, infectious diseases, research ethics, misconduct, research funding, and scientific publishing. He has covered disease outbreaks on four continents, including the 2001 anthrax letters in the United States, the Chinese response to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, and the West African Ebola outbreak of 2013-2015.
Enserink won the Communications Award of the American Society for Microbiology in 2004, 2008, and 2012, each time with a different Science colleague, respectively for stories on SARS, malaria, and a suspected link between a virus and chronic fatigue syndrome. His story on golden rice was included in Best American Science Writing 2009. In 2019, his story about the eradication of yaws, a disfiguring bacterial disease, won the Communications Award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
Martin was a mentor to four African science journalists for 2.5 years in SjCOOP, a program run by the World Federation of Science Journalists and wrote an online course, Covering Ebola, together with Helen Branswell.