Lina Rådmark

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Lina Rådmark

Researcher

Tel: +46 (0) 70 – 239 93 98
Email: [email protected]


In my role as a researcher, I am working, together with Fredrik, Gustav and Martin, primarily on VA’s studies and surveys. In particular, I am involved in our study investigating Communication about Corona and our Science in Society survey. I am also helping to develop VA’s internal competence in statistics.

Promoting dialogue and collaboration between researchers and the public is important for a number of reasons, not least to prevent the spread of false information. Through dialogue and openness, there is greater opportunity for all of us to make informed decisions, which is an important piece of the puzzle in a functioning democracy.


My Leivo

My Leivo

Project Manager

Tel: +46 (0) 70 – 956 84 03
Email: [email protected]


I work as a Project Manager at VA and am responsible for coordinating VA’s annual conference (VA Day) and the Researcher’s Grand Prix Digital competition. I am also involved in the EU project Allthings.Bio.

As a Project Manager, I coordinate the different parts of the projects and tasks that need to be achieved. I am responsible for the overall management of the projects and ensuring that they keep on schedule and on budget. For me, it is important to create an open and creative working environment so that everyone in the project team feels involved.


Lotta Waesterberg Tomasson

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Lotta W Tomasson

Communications Strategist

Tel: +46 (0) 70-728 97 20
Email: [email protected]


I am strategically responsible for VA’s communication and senior Project Manager of some of VA’s projects, which seek to stimulate dialogue between researchers and the public in various ways. My tasks include planning VA’s communications strategy and I am responsible for the development of our digital communications.

As a Project manager, I am responsible for the ARCS -project, the development of a national Swedish portal for citizen science. I am also managing the Allthings.BioPRO -projects.

There is a gap between academia/researchers and other parts of society. VA’s role is to bridge this gap and the aim is to get these two worlds to understand and talk to each other through dialogue. To create a better world and for the future.


Lena Söderström

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Lena Söderström (Parental leave)

Project & Communications Manager

Tel: +46 (0) 70-716 06 44
Email: [email protected]


Before my parental leave, I was the national coordinator for ForskarFredag (Research Friday), Sweden’s most widely distributed science festival. Research Friday brings together meeting places between researchers and the public throughout Sweden on the last Friday and Saturday in September. Visitors meet researchers face to face and get a greater understanding of what research is, how researchers work and how research affects our everyday lives.

As part of ForskarFredag, we organise a science communication competition called the Researchers’ Grand Prix, with regional heats held around the country, which I coordinated nationally.

An exciting part of ForskarFredag is our annual mass experiment, a citizen science project for schools.

For any questions regarding ForskarFredag, please get in touch with the new project manager Julia Brink.


Hanna Mellin

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Hanna Mellin (On leave of abscent)

Digital Communications Manager

Tel: +46 (0) 70 770 47 61
E-mail: [email protected]


As a Digital Communications Manager, I, along with Lotta and Vendela, am responsible for VA (Public & Science)’s digital presence. My work involves maintaining and developing our digital communications so that VA’s activities and messages reach even more people. In 2021, I am involved in projects such as the science festival ForskarFredag (Researchers’ Night), our annual citizen science project called the Mass experiment, the scicomm contest Researchers’ Grand Prix and the News Evaluator. I’m also project managing VA’s part in the European project RETHINK.

In order for research to be able to solve the problems that society faces, dialogue and collaboration between the public and researchers is crucial. However, in our digitalised age, there are also actors who want increasingly to influence us and it is becoming easier to spread false information. Confidence in research and closer contact between researchers and the public is therefore important so that we can make better decisions about how we want society to develop.


Ben Libberton

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Ben Libberton

Communication consultant & project leader

Tel: +46 (0) 737-25 92 36
E-mail: [email protected]


I’m a passionate communication consultant and project leader at VA. I’m a former academic researcher and feel strongly that scientific results shouldn’t be stuck in research papers but should be available for everyone. This doesn’t just mean that the public should have access to research findings, but that results are presented well in the context of society.

I’m involved in several projects from the mass experiments to ForskarFredag. My main role is to help coordinate public dialogues as part of the European ORION project


Pelle Isaksson

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Pelle Isaksson

Communications Manager

Tel: +46 (0) 70-750 57 85
Email: [email protected]


As a Communications Manager at VA, I am involved in many different projects. Among other things, my work includes communication activities for the Researchers’ Grand Prix and VA’s reports. I also work with graphic design and provide technical support for VA’s web platforms.


Maria Hagardt

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Maria Hagardt

International Relations & Communications Manager

Tel: +46 (0) 70-265 81 33
Email: [email protected]


As International Relations and Communications Manager, I work mainly on VA’s European projects and international collaborations such as ORION Open Science, Allthings.Bio and Hub Sweden of the Falling Walls Engage network. I also work on EU policy issues through the national reference group for Science with and for Society within the EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020.

As a Swedish expert organisation for open science, citizen science and science communication and public engagement, VA has an important role to play in promoting and enhancing collaboration and dialogue between actors within academia, policymaking, society and business at national, European and international levels.

Science, research and innovation have no borders. Through collaboration, inclusion and knowledge exchange at different levels, we seek to achieve sustainable societal development.