Lotta Waesterberg Tomasson

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Lotta W Tomasson

Communications Strategist

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


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

As a project manager, I am responsible for March for Science activities in Sweden. I’m also involved in communication for our activities at Almedalen, Researchers’ Night in Sweden, the Mass Experiment, our work on citizen science, the News Evaluator project, our studies on researchers’ views on science communication and open science, the Researchers’ Grand Prix and BLOOM.

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 & Communications Manager

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


I am 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 coordinate nationally.

An exciting part of ForskarFredag is our annual mass experiment, a citizen science project for schools. I am also the project manager of this year’s mass experiment, the Star-Spotting Experiment.


Hanna Mellin

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Hanna Mellin

Digital Communications Manager

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


As a Digital Communications Manager, I, along with Lotta, are 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 2020, I will be involved in projects such as the science festival ForskarFredag (Researchers’ Night), our annual citizen science project called the Mass experiment and Researchers’ Grand Prix. I’m also project leadaing VA’s part in the Euopean 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: 0737-25 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

Mobile: +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

Mobile: +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; BLOOM bioeconomy; and SciShops. I also work on EU policy issues through the national advocacy platform for Science with and for Society (SwafS) and as Project Manager for ORION Open Science. I’m also a member of 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, VA has an important role to play in promoting and enhancing collaboration, public engagement 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.


Helen Garrison

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Helen Garrison

Project and Communications Manager

Based in the UK

Mobile: +44 (0)7581 510 155
Email: [email protected]


I work as a project and communications manager for VA and am based in my native country, the UK, having lived nine years in Sweden. I work with the team on projects that have an international dimension and am currently managing VA’s work in the EU SciShops project and also work om BLOOM and ORION. This work includes developing new projects, funding proposals, writing articles and reports, translating and creating online content. I am also responsible for VA’s international newsletter.

Research knows no borders and our societal challenges cannot be tackled effectively without dialogue between science and society, both within and across national borders. VA’s international strategy contributes towards this and also provides us with different perspectives and inspiration to inform our work and allow us to share it more widely.


Fredrik Brounéus

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Fredrik Brounéus

Researcher & Press Officer

Mobile: +46 (0) 70 799 07 91
Email: [email protected]


I’m involved in many of VA’s projects related to citizen science. A couple of examples are the ForskarFredag annual mass experiments and the development of a national Swedish portal as well as a European platform for citizen science. It’s interesting to follow interactions between professional researchers and citizen scientists, and how it leads to new knowledge and insights.

As a researcher I am primarily involved in our long-running Science in Society project, which includes a new research project investigating people’s understanding of the humanities. I am also responsible for the News Evaluator project and VA’s media relations.


Gustav Bohlin

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Gustav Bohlin

Researcher, PhD

Mobile: +46 (0)73-844 55 66
Email: [email protected]


As a Researcher, I mainly work with VA’s studies and surveys. Often, these involve different methods to develop new knowledge about engagement, attitudes and conditions for dialogue between researchers and other groups in society.

Dialogue and an increased knowledge exchange between science and society stimulate curiosity and learning, but are also important for democratic reasons. With our knowledge and expertise, VA can create good conditions for such meetings.

The projects that I’m involved in include ARCS citizen science portal, the VA Barometer, Science in Society survey, Researchers’ views on science communication and open science, ORION and a new project investigating what people understand about the humanities.