SciSnack: The Next Generation

SciSnack will celebrate it’s 7th year of existence in 2019, and it’s about time for a change. I have led SciSnack since the beginning with a lot of help from many other fantastic people. Together we have achieved so much along the way: Over 160 snacks (that’s what we call our blog posts) posted by 90 authors, from 12 different writing groups; 2 debates at international conferences; 1 peer-reviewed publication by 14 SciSnackers; as well as podcast, presentation and writing courses in Norway, England and Uganda.

Now, some fresh new faces will take the SciSnack helm and lead the organisation towards new heights. We have split the leadership tasks into 4 sub groups, of which the new leaders will each be responsible for. Here are the new leaders and what they will be in charge of: Anne-Katrine Faber, the new Group Collaboration Manager; Matilda Hallerstig, the new Social Media Manager; Mathew Stiller-Reeve, the outgoing leader; Andrew Seidl, the new Bergen Group Manager; and Kristine Haualand, the new Webmaster. You can read more about the team here.

The old and new generation. From left: Anne-Katrine Faber, Matilda Hallerstig, Mathew Stiller-Reeve (the outgoing leader), Andrew Seidl, and Kristine Haualand.


I thank everyone for a wonderful journey with SciSnack over the past 7 years, in particular our supporters ResClim, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, and NORCE. I started SciSnack because I needed to improve my writing to complete my PhD. To improve writing takes practice, as with every skill in science. The practice becomes much more bearable if you share the experience with others! If there is one thing I have learnt along the way, it is that peer and collaborative learning is incredibly powerful (no matter what the topic!). But collaborative learning doesn’t happen by itself. We have taken a long time to find a way that works in our writing group in Bergen, and hopefully it will continue to work.

I will still be a member of the Bergen/Bjerknes group, and will continue to hold writing courses for anyone who is interested. The SciSnack team and I are also thankful to CHESS who will ensure the continuation of SciSnack by funding the website for the next two. Hopefully, we will see a new wave of writing groups (in particular in the CHESS locations!) start up soon.

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Mathew Stiller-Reeve

I am a postdoc researcher at NORCE Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. I research the monsoon in Bangladesh and I am the founder of ClimateSnack; a community that hopes to give all young and early career climate scientists an opportunity to practice and improve their scientific communication skills.

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