Nov 24 – 25, 2020
Europe/Zurich timezone



Prof Thomas Elias Cocolios, LISA Training Officer

Thomas (BSc’03, MSc’05 McGill University and PhD’10 KU Leuven) is an experimental nuclear physicist. He has been Research Fellow at CERN ISOLDE (2010-2012) and an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow at The University of Manchester (2012-2015). Since 2015, Thomas has joined KU Leuven again, where he is now an Associate Professor. His research spans from the fundamental understanding of nuclear shapes to the application of nuclear probes in medicine (nuclear medicine and PET-aided hadron therapy). Thomas is involved at CERN ISOLDE with the CRIS and IDS collaborations, and works frequently together with the RILIS team. His medical line of research is anchored within the CERN MEDICIS facility where radioisotopes are purified before being distributed to partner medical institutions. Thomas’s research portfolio is completed by the muX experiment at the Paul Scherrer Institute, where muons are captured onto radioactive atoms to study the nuclear shape of exotic nuclei. Outside research, Thomas’s most famous hobby is knitting, which he carries with him everywhere to meetings and conferences.

Daniela Antonio, EU Communication officer, CERN

Daniela believes true innovation is dependent on its outreach. For this reason, she pursued a career as a science communicator, hoping to make science accessible to everyone. With a undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a Master's degree in Science Communication, Daniela has previously worked as a communications consultant, media analyst, translator and science communicator. At CERN, Daniela is the Communication Officer for the EU Projects Office, having started as an editor of Accelerating News in July 2018 and editor-in-chief as of June 2019

Philipp Dettmer, CEO & Founder, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Philipp Dettmer studied communication design. He soon focused his interests on Infographics, Information Design and Storytelling. Inspired by the boom of knowledge- und explainer videos on Youtube at the time he turned to videos as medium. Soon after finishing his studies, he tried his luck on a few videos. This experiment was surprisingly successful and lay the foundation for kurzgesagt - in a nutshell in 2013. Today he is leading a team of 40 fulltime employees. kurzgesagt is a design studio with international clients and one of the biggest knowledge- and science channels on Youtube with 13M+ subscribers and a German and a Spanish translation.


Elisabeth Steib, Head of Text & Research, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Elisabeth Steib studied communication design. Even during her studies she was interested in the content of a project at least as much as in layout and design. After gaining initial work experience in the advertising industry, she joined kurzgesagt in 2016 as a researcher and script writer. Meanwhile, she heads the editorial department as Head of Research and Text.


Clara Nellist, Excellence Initiative Fellow, Radboud University and NIKHEF, ATLAS Outreach Coordinator 

Clara Nellist is a particle physicist working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. She got her PhD from the University of Manchester and is currently a Radboud University Excellence Initiative Fellow. Clara has worked on upgrades of the pixel detector, studies of the Higgs boson and top quark, and is applying machine learning algorithms to search for hints of dark matter in the data. She is also a science communicator with seven years of experience communicating particle physics to audiences both online and offline and is currently the ATLAS Outreach Co-coordinator. In her free time, she is a runner, photographer, crafter and budding science YouTuber, as well as an activist working towards equity in science

Fiona Reid MA (Oxon) FRSA, Senior Teaching Fellow, University College London UCL, School of Management 

Before joining UCL, Fiona had a career in the private sector as an entrepreneur and at universities such as Imperial College and Oxford University, where she was Founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Said Business School for nine years. She has served as Director of UKCDS, which manages £440m of public research funding to support UK government’s international development interests. She is a Fellow of the RSA and lectures internationally on innovation, research impact and creating social and economic benefit from entrepreneurship. She has worked with large organisations such as Philips, the Financial Times, Goldman Sachs, with governments, and high-growth small businesses, and has been involved in the creation of many new spinouts and social ventures arising from Higher Education.  Her expertise focuses on complex innovation spaces, the interface between science and business, and entrepreneurial thinking within organisations. Fiona was recently awarded UCL School of Management’s “Excellence in Teaching” award. She is working on a book commission for Springer Nature for 2021 called “Business for Bioscience”, the first full-spectrum business book specifically published for scientists.