Meet the team

We believe that science should be communicated in an understandable, enjoyable and accessible format. With the majority of research being funded by tax payers, we believe it is crucial to tackle the communication gap and help connect science and society. The key aim of Scientia is not to change or challenge the traditional scholarly publishing format, but instead we aim to complement this accepted form of dissemination. By speaking in a new, easy-to-understand language, we help researchers communicate their research not only to their own scientific community, but also to a wider audience, with the dual aims of establishing future research collaborations and developing direct stakeholder participation.

We are very different to traditional science publishing and other forms of ‘outreach’ publishing. With a network of over 200 science communication specialists, we don’t expect you to write, design and disseminate the article yourself. When working with Scientia, we assign you an expert communications team to write, design, publish and disseminate your work.

Meet some of the Scientia team:

Kerri Agnew| Writer

Kerri holds a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, and has worked on a mix of academic research and policy-related projects. She has since been working as a science journalist alongside her postdoctoral research in economics. Her particular research interests include economic geography, applied economics, and spatial data.

Judith Akande-Fafian | Writer

Judith holds an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London (UCL), and has extensive experience in the field of pharmacology, oncology and public health. Alongside her work as a science writer, she has recently been working as characterisation scientist within the pharmaceutical industry. Her interests are in epidemiology and rare diseases. 

Nelly Berg | Editor-in-Chief

Nelly achieved her PhD in Chemistry from the National University of Galway, Ireland. After a stint in the semiconductor industry, Nelly pursued a career in scientific publishing, where she first worked as an editor for several peer-reviewed journals. In 2016, she joined the team at Scientia, where she now holds the position of Editor-in-Chief. Nelly’s particular interests include ecology, climate change and sustainable agriculture.

Tyler Berrigan | Writer

Tyler has diverse experience as an analytical chemist, a high-school science teacher, and a writer. Alongside his current role as a teacher, Tyler also works as a science communicator, specialising in making science accessible and down-to-earth, especially for kids and teens.

Mark Braham | Writer

Mark Braham graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Health Promotion and Education from Manchester University, following a BSc (Hons) in Biological and Biochemical Sciences. He has worked as a Public Health Specialist for over 25 years, most recently as a Strategic Commissioner, and has particular interest in behavior change theory, tobacco control and obesity.

Catherine Deeprose | Editor

Catherine has a PhD in Psychology from Sheffield University and is an experienced science editor and writer. She oversees the health and medicine issues of Scientia and is passionate about science and communicating science to others. She believes that by bridging the gap between science and society, we can drive forward progress and policy in an inclusive and ethical way.

Ingrid Fadelli | Writer

Ingrid is a science journalist with a BSc in psychology and an MA in international journalism from City, University of London. She has written articles for several publications, including Scientia, ITPro, Alphr, Research Features, the E&T Magazine, TechXplore, and MedicalXpress. Her interests include psychology, neuroscience and artificial intelligence.

Kelleigh Greene | Writer

Kelleigh earned her MSc in Entomology from Harper Adams University, and was awarded the Royal Entomological Society prize for academic achievement on this degree. She is currently an ecology PhD candidate at the Open University. She has completed courses in Science Communication and is especially passionate about citizen science, entomology, zoology and pest management.

Lynne Holmes | Writer

Lynne holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Immunology from Strathclyde University, and has over two decades of experience in academic research and senior commercial roles. During her career, Lynne has worked across a broad range of scientific answers medical topics, and she has a passion for making complex science accessible to everyone.

Mimi Jones| Design Manager

Mimi has a first-class degree in Visual Communications and specialises in design layout and structure. She boasts 10 years of experience as a scientific design consultant, helping to visually support technical subjects with thought provoking imagery to leave a lasting impression and a greater understanding. Throughout Mimi’s career, she has provided valuable experience to the scientific and education fields in bringing text to life through design and innovation.

Ruth Kirk | Writer

Ruth holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia. She has experience in communicating science to a wide range of audiences. As a geologist, Ruth has spent much time in both the laboratory and out in the field, and her particular interests include palaeoclimatology and isotopic geochemistry.

Katja Conaert | European Analyst

Katja has a background in communication sciences and journalism and has more than 15 years of experience in science communication. She has developed and supported various publications and platforms in English, French and German and has managed Scientia’s European channel since 2018. Her interests include literature and linguistic studies, cross-cultural communication and sustainable travel.

Elena Matsa | Writer

Elena Matsa holds a PhD in Stem Cell Biology from the University of Nottingham, and postdoctoral training in Cardiovascular Disease from Stanford University. She has expertise in biomedical research, both in academic and industry settings. She recently acquired a certificate in Scientific Writing, and has been working as a freelance writer specialising in cell biology, molecular genetics, and disease modeling.

Paris Allen | Publication Manager

Paris has over 15 years’ experience in business management, with 5 of those years specialising in journal management. He is passionate to advance scholarly publishing and make science more open, accessible and reusable. Paris is responsible for taking care and delivering the highest quality Scientia publications. He coordinates with authors, institutes, and editorial members, and assists the Editor-in-Chief with the overall administration of our publications.

Stephanie Rose | Writer

Stephanie holds an MSc in Aquatic Pathobiology and a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Stirling. She has previous experience in academic research and currently works as a freelance writer with a focus on science communication. Her areas of interest include marine ecology, ecotoxicology, and aquatic disease.

Cheryl Whiting | Writer

Cheryl has a background in life sciences academic research with a focus on developmental and cell biology. She recently completed post-graduate work in journalism and has worked as a technical writer as well as a freelance journalist. Her other interests include genetics, enzymology, and where science and government policy intersect.

Sarah Wilkinson| Writer

Sarah holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Durham and has more than ten years of experience in science communication. She has worked in roles in the forestry, conservation, agriculture and engineering sectors. Her particular interests include sustainable food production, biodiversity and ecosystem function.