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

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
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
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
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
Nikola Adamus (PL)

Special subjects

Peter Solsjö (SE)

Peter Solsjö: “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

Crastina Alumni