Vetenskap i Samhället
Who are we?

Lilian Kisiswa


Lilian is a neurobiologist with a keen interest in neuronal mechanisms that govern the developing and aging brain and age-related disorders. She received her PhD at Cardiff University where she started her extensive neuroscience public engagement work. In this work, she did several activities including being ambassador for Smarter UK group and STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network), member of Cardiff brain awareness committee and chair of Cardiff Neuroscience café, that subsequently earned her recognition from the Society of Neuroscience. At Vetenskap i Samhället, Lilian’s ambition is to carry on communicating her research to a wider audience in order to increase neuroscience knowledge in the society.


Claire Elizabeth Kelly


Claire is a developmental neuroscientist with over ten years of international research experience studying neurological diseases, which begin in the embryo or early in life. Her passion for developmental biology began while studying for her MA at the University of Cambridge and continued during her PhD research at Imperial College, London. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet where she studies how genetics and early life experience interact to influence adult mental health. Throughout her career Claire has enjoyed bringing scientific concepts and her own research to the general public. At Vetenskap i Samhället she aims to build on this foundation to find new ways to engage the Swedish public in new scientific discoveries and how they will affect society.



Michalina Lewicka-Yammine


Michalina has an extensive academic background in developmental neurobiology and biomaterials from Karolinska Institutet, where she did both her PHD and Post-Doc. Professionally Michalina is passionate about 3D bio printing, Biodesign within biotech and market analysis driven by human behavior. Over the last 4 years her vast interest in MedTech innovation and holistic wellbeing led her to engage with the Stockholm startup scene. Nowadays, Michalina is an external relations manager/course leader at the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship in Karolinska, Founder and CEO of MedTech Media consulting and vice-chairperson of Vetenskap i Samhället. Michalina is interested in building connections between academia, life sciences, and society to improve the communication of science to the general public in an exciting, fun and comprehensible way. She is social, decisive, and an amateur photographer who loves nature besides travelling.


Teresa Fernández Zafra since 2015


Teresa is a doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet where she is currently investigating how cells from the spinal cord are affected in various diseases. Teresa holds a master’s degree in Biomedicine and a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and she has conducted research in several countries around the world. Outside the lab, Teresa aims to bring science closer to the public, using art and hands-on experiences. In the first edition of Hjärnfestivalen, Teresa was the main organizer of the interactive brain fair at Sergels Torg, the biggest event of the festival.

Yildiz Kelahmetoglu


A magical mixture of serendipity and initiative combined with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics led Yildiz from a small town in Turkey to the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at Rockefeller University in New York. For two years, she immersed herself in the vast mysteries of the human brain and investigated the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease.

Her stay in the amazingly inspiring environment of Paul Greengard's laboratory left her thirsty to learn more about the most powerful organ of our body; the brain. That is how she made her way to Karolinska Institutet where she studies scar formation mechanisms in the central nervous system. Her passion for science sparked a love of communication activities; she blogs at KI Researcher’s blog, coordinates the student magazine Medicor and helps to prepare Hjärnfestivalen. She loves lighthouses, olives and books and she can echolocate.


Anaïs Louzolo from 2014


Anaïs holds an MSc in Brain and Mind sciences from University College London, UK, and an MSc in Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience from Pierre and Marie Curie University and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. She is currently completing her PhD degree in Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, where her research focuses on brain mechanisms underlying the subjective experience of reality and the interplay between expectations and multisensory integration. Anaïs has an interdisciplinary background combining international experience in science (basic science, life science, molecular/cognitive neuroscience) and business/management (strategy consulting). Anaïs' passion for science and her keen interest in science communication and public engagement quite naturally led her to Vetenskap i Samhället.

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Anna is an associate professor in economics at Stockholm School of Economics mainly working on behavioral economics. Anna finished her PhD in 2009 and has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the top general science journals (Nature, Science, PNAS), the top economics journal (American Economic Review) and the top psychology journal (Psychological Science). Anna is also an associate editor at the top management science journal (Management Science) and at a new interdisciplinary journal (Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology). Anna is since 2013 a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. Currently, Anna's research explores for example the hormonal, genetic and social foundations of individual variation in economic decision making such as risk taking and cooperation, as well as the application of prediction markets in science.

Andreas Kalckert


Andreas studied neuroscience and cognitive science, with a keen interest in the relationship of behaviour and brain functions. After studying in Germany, Austria, and Hungary he did his PhD in Stockholm and graduated in 2014. He is involved in teaching for several years, worked as a student representative on various occasions and gained further experience in several projects to link medical education and social questions. Soon he is joining the University of Reading in Malaysia as a lecturer for the psychology programme.

Eleni Kopsida


Eleni is a cross-disciplinary scientist with over ten years of research experience in the areas of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience. She holds an MSc degree in Neuropsychology (University of Bristol) and a PhD in Behavioural Genetics (Cardiff University). Her scientific career has spanned the translational spectrum from molecular laboratory assays and animal models to clinical and brain imaging work in humans. Eleni's scientific research has focused on investigating the role of genetic-hormonal interplay of sex differences in brain and cognition. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute, where she investigates the process of decision-making using neuroimaging methods. At ViS, Eleni’s work aims to bridge the gap between science and society, by establishing dynamic and interactive platforms for public engagement with science and technology.

Olof Larsson


Olof has a PhD in pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute. After post doc studies at the Institution of Medical Physics in Gothenburg and further academic research at the Karolinska Institute, he moved to the pharma industry. He has many years of experience in brain research from academia and industry, including his position as CSO in Neuroscience at Eli Lilly in USA. Olof is also an active musician who has toured extensively and participated in about 50 recordings.

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