We are a small group working behind the scenes at SciSnack to keep things running smoothly. We always need more help, so if you would like to work with us then please get in touch.
Andrew Seidl: Bergen Group Manager
Andrew’s first SciSnack meeting was in 2015, but he didn’t truly start to actively participate it the community until early 2017. At the time of this writing, it has been two years and many meetings (and laughs) later, and he wishes that he had made the commitment sooner.
Andrew is taking on the mantle of Bergen Group Manager, where he will strive to coordinate and promote the SciSnack group in Bergen. When he’s not managing, Andrew is working on his PhD in stable water isotope meteorology, investigating evaporation in Arctic conditions. And when he’s not doing either of those things… he’s probably on his way to the coffee machine. Good places to find him are in his office, or beside the GFI coffee machine.”
Kristine Flacké Haualand: Webmaster
Kristine discovered SciSnack as a Master student in 2015 and has been part of the group since then. She’s now the Webmaster of SciSnack, which means she maintains the website and helps people publish their snacks. Kristine is currently doing a PhD in dynamic meteorology at the University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Her main focus is understanding moist processes in midlatitude storm development.
Anne-Katrine Faber: Writing Group Coordinator
Anne-Katrine joined Scisnack in early 2017 and is currently one of the new co-leaders of SciSnack Bergen. Anne-Katrine is a post-doc at The department for Earth Science at University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway. Her research interests focus on polar regions and include modelling, fieldwork and experimental aspects of climate, isotope and ice core science. When she is not collecting snow samples on the Greenland Ice Sheet Anne-Katrine also spend time on science communication, especially as a project leader for the webportal «IGLO- Build your own teaching on the Actinium. (https://iglo.w.uib.no/).
Matilda Hallerstig: Social Media Manager
Matilda joined SciSnack in autumn 2018 when she started on a PhD in meteorology at NORCE and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. The goal of her PhD is to evaluate the quality of weather forecasts in the Arctic. Matilda is specially interested in polar lows, icing and fog. Her interest for science communication comes from my background as a weather forecaster. In forecasting, we need to communicate with the users on a daily basis, and it has to be done in a way that is clear and easy to understand.
Vana Orfanou: ArchaeoSnack group coordinator
Vana is an archaeologist passionate about analysing ancient metals with a strong interest in communicating archaeology to non-expert audiences of all ages. You can find out more about Vana’s thoughts about the contribution of archaeology in today’s society in her 2019 TEDx talk ‘3 lies and 1 truth about the past’. Vana came across SciSnack back in 2019 while she was a postdoc at Aarhus University, but was devastated when she realised that the platform addressed mainly geo- and climate scientists. As a researcher in humanities she felt left out! In 2020, she decided to change that and set up the ArchaeoSnack writing group which consists of early career researchers in archaeology from various European universities. Email Vana if you wish to find out more and join the ArchaeoSnack team [email@example.com].
Several others have previously worked hard to make SciSnack and ClimateSnack a success since we started in 2012. All of the following deserve alot of credit for their time and effort:
Mathew started SciSnack (originally ClimateSnack) in 2012. He wanted to improve his own writing skills, but found it uninspiring to go through this process alone. He thought that all young and early career scientists could benefit from working together in groups to improve their writing and also their communication skills. When he is not trying to improve his writing, Mathew is a post-doc at Uni Research Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway. He works on an interdisciplinary climate project called TRACKS (projecttracks.net). This project works with local communities in north east Bangladesh and aims to create useful and high quality climate information that can help these people adapt to present weather and future climate.
Céline Heuzé: Co-Director
Céline is one of the founding mothers of the University of East Anglia (UK) writing group that she lead during her PhD. She has now moved to the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) for a post-doc, and is there in charge of her research group’s blog: polarfever.com. She is a sea-going polar physical oceanographer who also enjoys modelling sea level rise projections and playing with water tanks and food dye.
Ashley Braunthal: Intern (Bergen)
The Bergen arm of SciSnack was lucky to have Ashley as an intern for 2015-2016. At the time, Ashley was a Fullbright Scholar from USA and worked on the international Ice2Ice project: an international research project looking in to the cause and future implications of past abrupt climate changes in Greenland. During the exchange year, Ashley led the Bergen writing group, and also planned science communication events for the wider scientific community. Check out her articles on SciSnack and follow her Fullbright journey on her blog.
William Ball: Co-Director
Matthias Schmid: Web Development
Rachel White: Event Organizer