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Khari Douglas

Khari Douglas

Khari Douglas is the Senior Program Associate for Engagement for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), a standing committee within the Computing Research Association (CRA). In this role, Khari interacts with members of the computing research community and policy makers to organize visioning workshops and coordinate outreach activities. He is also the host and producer of the Catalyzing Computing podcast.

Engela Duvenage

is a South African freelance science writer who works in both Afrikaans and English. She specializes in “translating” South African research findings into popular articles, press releases, columns or profile articles for newspapers, magazines, national and international websites as well as institutional publications. She is a regular contributor to Nature Africa. Duvenage is the author of a children’s story book about more than 100 real-life scientists, engineers and inventors who all have South African links. Inventors, Bright Minds and Other Science Heroes of South Africa (Penguin) was published in 2021, after first being published in Afrikaans. 

Demian Nahuel Goos

is a half-German, half-Argentinian assistant instructor and PhD student in mathematics at Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina, where he also does research in its nuclear research institution. Moreover, he is a teacher in German as a foreign language and a soccer referee. In search of ways to communicate mathematics in a more appealing way, he does artwork about math and mathematicians.

Katherine Gorman

Katherine Gorman

Katherine Gorman is the Executive Producer for Collective Next where she helps clients communicate their narratives. She is the co-host and founding producer of Talking Machines, a podcast focused on conversations on the reality of research in Artificial Intelligence. She has worked with many academic conferences in the AI space to create and deploy their communications strategies.

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Sophie Maclean

Sophie Maclean is a mathematician and maths communicator based in London. She has previously worked as a Quantitative Trader and a Software Engineer, and now gives mathematics talks all over the UK (and Europe!) on a variety of topics. She is also a member of the team behind Chalkdust Magazine and always has a project on the go! You can follow her on Twitter at @sophiethemathmo.

Tobias Maier

is a science communications professional with a ten year track record in biomedical research. Tobias is the scientific head at the National Institute for Science Communication in Germany (NaWik). He writes a blog on the German ScienceBlogs netword and he´s on Twitter as @WeiterGen.

Andrei Mihai

is a science communicator and a holds a PhD in geophysics. He is the co-founder of ZME Science, where he has published over 2,000 articles. Andrei tries to blend two things he loves – science and good stories – to make the world a better place, one article at a time.

Markus Poessel

Markus Pössel

is a physicist turned science communicator. He is managing scientist of the Haus der Astronomie in Heidelberg, a center for astronomy education and outreach. The author of several books and numerous articles for a general audience, he has been blogging at Relativ Einfach since 2007, and was one of the bloggers-in-residence at the 2010 Lindau meeting. His main interest is in astronomy and astrophysics, particularly relativity and cosmology.
Markus’ previous experience includes ten years at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, where he started out as a PhD student and stayed on as an outreach scientist, among other things creating the web portal Einstein Online. In 2007-2008 he served as Senior Science Advisor to the first World Science Festival in New York City before moving to his present position in Heidelberg.

Constanza Rojas-Molina

is a mathematician and illustrator (under the pseudonym E. A. Casanova). She is currently an Associate Professor at CY Cergy Paris Universite, working in mathematical physics, at the interface of analysis and probability. She’s responsible for the blog “The RAGE of the Blackboard”, where she interviews female scientists and writes about life in academia. She’s interested in comics, illustration, graphic recording and visual note-taking, and in applying all this in science communication. You can follow her on Twitter: @coni777

Jens Steffen Scherer

Jens-Steffen Scherer is a neuroscientist and science communicator. Besides his studies at the University of Oldenburg, he has worked as an author for the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and for the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik). In 2018 Jens-Steffen won the 8th Science Slam of Oldenburg.

Ben Sparks

Ben is a mathematician, musician, and maths communicator. He gives maths talks and workshops around the world to students, teachers, and the general public. He also works on YouTube with the Numberphile channel and his own SparksMaths channel. Based in the UK in the city of Bath he also works with the Advanced Maths Support Programme and the University of Bath. www.bensparks.co.uk

Katie Steckles

is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops on different areas of maths. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. Katie writes blog posts and editorials for The Aperiodical, a semi-regular maths news site. @stecks

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