Our Team


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: Climatesnack group Coordinator

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 Climatesnack group coordinator, where he will strive to coordinate and promote the SciSnack group in Bergen. When he’s not coordinating, 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.

Vana Orfanou: Archaeosnack group Coordinator & Webmaster

Vana is an archaeologist passionate about analysing ancient materials and communicating all things archaeology to all ages. You can find out more about Vana’s thoughts about why we should study the past in her ‘3 lies and 1 truth about the past’ TEDx talk. Vana set up the Archaeosnack group in 2020, which consists of early career researchers in archaeology from several European universities. Email Vana if you wish to find out more and join the Archaeosnack group [vanaorfanou@gmail.com]. Vana is also a Webmaster for SciSnack along with Mahaut de Vareilles.

Despina Binou: Biosnack group Coordinator

Despina is currently doing her PhD in neuroscience, specifically in the brain’s plasticity, but she is interested in the general function of the brain. In 2022, Despina started a biology writing group of early career scientists based in Jena, Germany, that meets online. Contact Despina for more information about the Biosnack group and if you wish to join at: binou.despina@gmail.com.


Mahaut de Vareilles: Webmaster

Mahaut discovered SciSnack as a Research Coordinator in early 2020 and has been part of the group since. Trained as a Marine Biologist (PhD in fish larval development and nutrition), she stopped doing her own research to support other scientists as a scientific project manager, moving from molecular biology to the world of Geophysics and Climate. Working as both project manager and research coordinator, she felt the need to develop skills for better science communication with non-specialist audiences. Happily, she found SciSnack! She’s now the Webmaster of SciSnack, together with Vana Orfanou. Basically, we maintain the website and help people publish their snacks. Looking forwards to reading your snack!




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 Stiller-Reeve: FounderHeadShot

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-DirectorCeline

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)blogphoto1

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.

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/).

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.

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 her 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.

William Ball: Co-Director

Matthias Schmid: Web Development

Rachel White: Event Organizer

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