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.
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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

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
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Science Communication

Currently, I am co-leading the feminist bookclub FemABC and am part of the volunteering team of Soapbox Science Berlin.
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 and contributed as a writer/ editor to the Glasgow Insight into Science and Technology.
If you want to find out more about my past science communication experience, you can read my (German) interview with
I am a confident and enthusiastic speaker. Please see my contact details below if you would like me to give a talk at your event!
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