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. For example, I am involved in projects about Bioeconomy and Citizen Science. My tasks include planning VA’s communications strategy and I am responsible for the development of our digital communications.

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

Project Manager & Press Officer

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


I’m Project Manager for the annual conference Forum for Science Communication, an important arena for inspiration and networking for everyone interested in science engagement.

As VA’s Press Officer, I’m happy to answer questions about VA, to help you as a journalist to get in touch with the right person and to brainstorm ideas about how our experts can contribute to your work.

Previously, I was Project Manager for European Researchers’ Night in Sweden (ForskarFredag), the competition Researchers’ Grand Prix, and the citizen science project the Star-Spotting Experiment.


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 the WIDERA-programme within the EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe

As a Swedish expert organisation for open science, citizen science, science communication and public engagement, VA has an important role to play in promoting and enhancing collaboration and dialogue between different stakeholders such as;  academia, policy, civil 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.