The Crastina Crew

The Crastina Crew is providing ideas, contacts and content for the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds.

The project leader

Olle Bergman (SE)

Olle: “Having fun being serious”

Based in Sweden, I am a communications consultant, public speaker, educator, freelance writer and author who helps top professionals and students get their facts, ideas and opinions across. I founded Crastina in 2013, and love seeing the network being taken over by a friendly collective.

Olle Bergman (SE)Communications consultant & freelance writer

The core team

Julia Turan (US/HU)

Julia: “I’m hoping to promote a language of science legible to all.”

Julia Turan, neurobiologist and science communicator, is currently Communications Manager at The Physiological Society. She triturated, pipetted, imaged, and analyzed, during her undergrad years studying neurobiology. Since then, she has shifted into the world of science communications, hoping to promote a language of science legible to all. She completed her MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh.

Piece of Mind (“Memorable, thought-provoking science stories each week that go beyond ‘this new study shows …’ to help us understand our intricate world.”)

Twitter: @JuliaTuran

Julia Turan (US/HU)Editor
Dorota Paczesniak (PL)

Dorota: “Science deserves the best communication”

I’m a biologist interested in evolution of genetic diversity and reproductive modes and an enthusiast of various aspects of creative science communication. As Crastina editor, I would like to inspire scientists to engage in better communication with their peers and the general public. I believe every bit of scientific literacy benefits our society.

Twitter: @DOPaczesniak

Dorota Paczesniak (PL)Editor
Tatiana Saraeva (RU)

Tatiana: “Art and science go well together.”

I am a disaster risk manager and sociocultural consultant. I am passionate about communicating science through art, especially through comic books and animation. I manage @iamscicomm, a joint @Scicomm_Hub and @SciCrastina rocur.

Twitter: @tanya_saraeva

Tatiana Saraeva (RU)Editor
Yasinee Rotratsirikun (US)

Yas: “I love to study new ways of presenting science”

I am a molecular biologist turned science writer/web editor for the GLOBE Program ( in California. I believe our world can benefit from science if there was a better connection between scientists and the public. I am passionate about communicating science to children, science visualization and 2D/3D animation. 

Yasinee Rotratsirikun (US)Editor
Anastasiia Semenova (UA)

Anastasiia: “Science can be beautiful too!”

I am a biologist interested in molecular genetics and a passionate language-learner. I believe that science can be shared and promoted in an artistic way. Complex theories are easier to break down through the arts of illustration, modelling and animation, and aesthetic element of such arts is more likely to catch an eye of a wider public and help promote science.

Anastasiia Semenova (UA)
Maria Alexandra Toma (RO)

Maria: “Let’s make science uncomplicated and fun!”

I am a PhD candidate in Molecular Dermatology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. I am passionate about engaging people, and finding attractive and effective ways to communicate science. I believe that science professionals should learn to be effective communicators, so that everyone can benefit from it, not only a niche audience.

Maria Alexandra Toma (RO)Editor
Pieter Torrez (BE)

Pieter: “I’m providing the scientific community with great visuals”

I‘m a graphic designer from Belgium with a master in marine science and a keen interest in (interactive) scientific visualisation to communicate science. I’m the founder of Scigrades (Scientific Graphic Design), providing the scientific community with great visuals to improve science communciation.

Scigrades website

Pieter Torrez (BE)Editor
Nikola Adamus (PL)

Special subjects

Peter Solsjö (SE)

Peter: “Everyone’s a lobbyist”

I am a master’s graduate in biomedicine from Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm, Sweden, and I harbor a great interest in advocacy and lobbying activities related to the life sciences! My academic record primarily concerns the neuroscientific realm; specifically molecular mechanisms underlying sleep as well as psychoneuroimmunology and sickness behavior.  Since 2013 I coordinate the course Effective Advocacy at the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship (KI), teaching professionals and students in the life science sector the basics in the practices and theories of advocacy. During these years I have developed a particular interest in the dynamics of research- and healthcare politics in Sweden, EU and the US; what actors exist, how do they interact and how is their interaction regulated? My contribution to will include both factual intelligence and personal opinions: on how researchers activate in advocacy and how young scientists may communicate important research findings to policy makers and politicians in an attractive and interesting manner.

Twitter: @solsjopls

Peter Solsjö (SE)PR & Opinion
Sara Torstensson (SE)

Sara: “Science should be equal to all”

I am biomedicine master’s graduate from Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm, Sweden, and I am very passionate about questions regarding gender equality. My contribution to Crastina will hopefully provide new insights as well as present inspiring people that actively are working against discrimination within STEM and to promote promising scientists. With this, I wish to open up a discussion on how we effectively can reach equality within science.

Science is not a place for injustices of any kind and should be open to any one regardless of race, gender, sexuality, class or any disability. Stereotypes and biases are holding back intelligent and creative people, and we are thereby losing valuable resources that otherwise could contribute to the scientific development. We need to make sure everyone has the same opportunity in order to continuously move forward and successfully battle climate change, new diseases and other challenges that are facing us.

Sara Torstensson (SE)Gender & equality issues

Crastina Alumni