Hello, I'm Anna.

I am a project manager at Wissenschaft im Dialog, where I am contributing to the 2022 Wissenschaftsjahr.

​Before, I had joined the Gender in Medicine Institute at Charité, where I assisted with projects on gender-sensitive prevention research.

During my PhD, I worked on the ERC-funded Social Robots project under the supervision of Prof. Emily S. Cross. My doctoral research was situated at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience and human-robot interaction. As part of my studies, I developed new methods for measuring how we perceive and interact with robots. My thesis was approved in December 2020 with no corrections.

Prior to my doctoral research, I obtained a Master's degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in Cognitive Neuropsychology and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Konstanz University.

Note: Due to a rising number of speaking engagements I have to limit the number of invites I accept every year. Please reach out in advance if you would like me to deliver a workshop or give a talk at your event.

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Curriculum Vitae


Since 2021: Project manager at Wissenschaft im Dialog
2020-2021: Researcher at the Gender in Medicine institute, Charité


2017-2020: Doctoral student in Psychology at the University of Glasgow (thesis approved with no corrections)
2015-2017: Master of Science in Cognitive Neuropsychology at VU Amsterdam
(summa cum laude)

2011-2015: Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Konstanz University

Honors & Awards

2021: Invited mentor as part of MentUOS (Universität Osnabrück)
2020: Dr. Katharine Giles Award,
Association of British Science Writers

2020: Research Culture Award (team), University of Glasgow
2020: Scottish FameLab finalist
2020: Best Article in Physical Science & Technology, Glasgow Insight in Science & Technology
2019: 30 under 30 Inspirational Women Scotland, The Scottish Young Women's Movement
2019: Impact in 60 Seconds award (team leader), University of Glasgow
2019: Open & Reproducible Science Grant, University of Exeter
2019: Travel Grant, Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science
2019: Mobility Grant, College of Science & Engineering, University of Glasgow
2019: Travel Grant, School of Social & Affective Neuroscience, Sao Paulo
2019: Mentee in the Scottish Parliament's Young Women Lead program & The Scottish Young Women's Movement

2017: Grindley Travel Grant, Experimental Psychological Society
2016: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Ambassador program

2016: Regional finalist Amsterdam FameLab
2015: Vrije Universiteit Fellowship program (VUFP), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2014: Mentee in the mentoring program "Frauen im Tandem zum Erfolg",  Konstanz University

2013: PROMOS travel grant, DAAD
2010: Regional finalist Jugend Debattiert, Hertie Stiftung
2003 - 2008: Mitglied der Jugendjury des Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreises (Preis der Jugendjury), BMBF & Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V.
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Science Communication (& more)

As a woman with a STEM background, I care strongly about engaging everyone with the process of science. I have organised Pint of Science events, participated in FameLab, contributed as a writer/ editor to the Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology and organised Soapbox Science events.

I carry this passion for more inclusive science forward into formal and informal mentoring of fellow women in STEM. Please use the email address above and reach out if you are interested in arranging a meeting on this topic!

If you want to find out more about my past science communication experience, you can read my (German) interview with

For my perspective on mentoring, please refer to my piece published in the Nature Career Column.

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