Michaela Lundell has a B.Sc. in Biology and Earth Sciences from Stockholm University. She has attended a Journalism program for University graduates at Stockholm University. She was a nature guide for adults and children at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Michaela has an extensive experience with popular science in media, having worked as a science journalist at Sveriges Radio, SVT Vetenskap, Forskning & Framsteg, and Sveriges Natur. Currently she works as a science communicator at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Amy Parachnowitch is an evolutionary ecologist who studies plants with a focus on flowers and pollinators. She is a blogger and tweeter. She dipped her toe into twitter and through chatting there ended up doing a few guest posts that lead to a contributing member for Small Pond Science. Amy’s online exposure has opened her doors to writing press releases for American Journal of Botany and teaching courses like this one. She thinks that translating science to be accessible for different audiences is a really important goal and should be integrated into all we do as scientists. You can find her as @EvoEcoAmy or smallpondscience.com.
Dr. Stella Papadopoulou has been the science communicator at ACES since 2013. She holds a PhD in molecular biology and an MSc in science communication. Prior to joining ACES, she was a full-time scientific editor at Karolinksa Institutet where she edited scientific papers and grant applications, and designed and taught workshops in popular science- and grant writing tailored to PhD students. She has also worked as an assistant producer at the BBC and co-directed award winning documentary “Love Arranged,” about the custom of an arranged marriage in modern Indian society. Having spent time both inside and outside academia, she has always encouraged researchers to be more active in engaging with the public to try dispel popular notions about scientists being stone cold robots in lab coats that never talk to anyone or step outdoors!
Dr. Lovisa Wennerström got her first experience in science communication when she presented her bachelor thesis in conservation biology, where a few badly formulated sentences managed to upset the whole Swedish community working with traditional domestic breeds. After that she realized that good communication is a key for making science count. During her PhD-studies, which she finished only two months ago, she has been working hard to spread her results outside academia. She has been featured in popular media, lectured in non-academic settings, and written reports for state agencies. Not only has she found it to be rewarding and fun, but these activities “outside” thesis work have also led to many professional opportunities that would have been missed if she had spent all the time in the lab.
Sarah Blackford (BSc, MA) is an academic career consultant with a background in bioscience research and scientific publishing. With 15 years’ experience delivering a wide range of career support to PhD students and early career researchers, Sarah runs specialized career development workshops and offers one-to-one guidance and coaching across Europe and in the US. Her workshops are based on her book, “Career planning for research bioscientists” and include career issues such as self-awareness, how to make informed career choices, the job market and finding opportunities outside of academia, networking and communication, CV writing and successful interview technique. She also offers individual one-to-one career guidance. Sarah believes that effective personal career development lies at the heart of a successful and fulfilling career. Much of her advice and resources are published on her blog, www.biosciencecareers.org.
Emily Freeland is an astronomer with broad interests. She works to understand galaxies and the space between them. In order to do this she uses radio, optical, and x-ray telescopes to take pictures and disperse the light from these objects. Her research interests include galaxy nuclei, feedback from supermassive black holes, and the structure and evolution of gas and magnetic fields in galaxies. She is committed to increasing access to professional development for academics and improving science communication. She is currently working as the communication manager for the Oskar Klein Centre at Stockholm University.
Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) John Fitzpatrick is an evolutionary biologist at the Department of Zoology who specializes in studying sexual selection and the evolution of reproductive behaviours and traits. Research in his lab takes an interdisciplinary approach and investigates male-male competition before and after mating, the evolution of sexual weapons, female mate choice, trade-offs and co-evolutionary dynamics. His research is both field and lab based and combines tightly controlled experiments with phylogenetic comparative analyses. But generally he prefers to mix these approaches depending on the research question being asked.
Docent Johan Eklöf has since 2013 worked as Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) in marine ecology at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences (DEEP), and leads a research group with 2 postdocs and 3 PhD students. His research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss in marine ecosystems, and has been published in high-ranked journals including Ecology Letters, Biological Reviews, Journal of Applied Ecology, and PNAS. Johan has during the last decade been heavily involved in national and international research collaboration networks including PlantFish (www.plantfish.se), the Zostera Experiment Network (zenscience.org), the Nordic Seagrass Network (http://web.abo.fi/fak/mnf/biol/eco/nsn/), and the EU COST network “Seagrasses – from genes to productivity” (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/essem/ES0906).
Åsa Burman has a PhD in philosophy from Lund University. She has a broad background and professional experience from business, academia, and social entrepreneurship. Åsa is a former management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Fulbright Scholar and former assistant professor of Human Rights at Lund University, and she has extensive experience from participating in academic productivity teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. Her company Finish On Time organizes conferences and/or workshops on management consulting and research on stress, with over 700 previous participants among advisors, professors and undergraduate students.