About the Risk-Monger

David Zaruk is the Risk-Monger. He has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2000, active in EU policy events from REACH and SCALE to the Pesticides Directive, from Science in Society questions to the use of the Precautionary Principle. He was part of the team that set up GreenFacts to encourage a wider use of evidence-based decision-making in the EU on environmental health matters.

David is a professor at Odisee University College where he lectures on Communications, Marketing, EU Lobbying and PR. He also provides training courses and is a regular keynote speaker. In the past, he has been employed by Solvay, Cefic and Burson-Marsteller, retiring from “active work” in 2006.

He is also a graduate, like most of us, from Google University, and while he is tempted to pretend to be an expert on everything he searches on, he believes that there are scholars who have spent years working to become experts in their fields whose views merit more value than the collective.

The views in this blog are his own – he never has and never will blog on behalf of a paid project. If I offend you by what I say, I don’t think that is a bad thing. Re-examine your views and if you are sure of your convictions, please send your complaint as a comment and I will gladly publish it (with no more than two links though to avoid the spam filter). I am happy to start a dialogue with you and hope to learn from you.

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