Amanda Alvarez, PhD | science writing + engagement & events + research communication in Helsinki · tiedetoimittaja

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Hello · よろしく · Terve! I'm a science writer living in Finland. Currently I work on communications for the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) at Aalto University. Previously I spent six years as a science communicator at RIKEN in Japan. I received a PhD in vision science from the University of California, Berkeley, and have training in knowledge mobilization and scientific community engagement. You might know me from Berkeley/Oakland/San Francisco, Geneva, Mainz, Milwaukee, New Haven, Oxford, Pretoria, Quantico, Rota, Tokyo/Wakō-shi, Washington DC. Find my writing on Medium, my dormant blog about #scicomm at reflections and assorted science writing/journalism/research/open*/publishing/scholcomm links on Flipboard.

アマンダ・アルバレスはフィンランド在住のサイエンス・ライターです。自然科学の総合的な研究所である理化学研究所で国際情報発信(英語)を6年間担当しました。また、オタクが科学などを語るイベント「Nerd Nite Tokyo」および国際広報に関心のある大学や研究機関の広報担当者が一堂に会するイベント「Japan SciCom Forum」の発起人でもあります。


@neuroamanda | neuroamanda at gmail
PGP: B60E 9950 211D 28D8 3410 178C 7158 8AF9 E995 E929

Recent projects

Tiedekeskiviikko Coming soon Nerd Nite Tokyo
member and blogger, Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists (since 2014) ... founder/producer of monthly science outreach event (2016-2021)
Tiedekeskiviikko ** Yksin Nerd Nite
東京昆虫♥イベント apostilb Japan SciCom Forum
〜食とアートとサイエンス〜 Insect Experience Day 2019-10-19 plain-language summaries & annotation of research papers annual conference and meetups (2018-2021)
Tokyo Bug apostilb Japan Scicom Forum

Past work

Physics Today: Faxes, mascots, and manga: Science communication in Japan (2021)

BBC Future: Japan’s deep connection to childish relationships (2019)

Materials Research Society Bulletin: Materials researchers join historic March for Science—report from Tokyo (2017)

Neurographic: blog for the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (2016-2018)

Best Shortform Science Writing: quarterly curation of standout storytelling (2016-2017)

Institute of Molecular Biology blog: founding admin and writer (2014)

Physics Today: Eco-conscious cleaning with polymer beads (2014)

Figure One: science blogging (2013-2015)

Inside Science (2013)

Yale Medicine, Medicine@Yale (2013)

Gigaom: energy, big data, science, robotics, apps, tech... (2013)

Cancer Commons (2013)

Canadian Medical Association Journal: International consortium unveils numerous new cancer genetic markers (2013)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: science, health, environment, local... (2012, AAAS Mass Media Fellowship)

Berkeley Science Review: editor (Spring, Fall) and writer (2012)

Scholarly publications

International symposium of Brain/MINDS: From structure to function. Neuroscience Research (2019)

Koso & Alvarez, The land of rising science communication: the first Japan Scicom Forum. Journal of Science Communication (2018) [日本語]

Alvarez & Wildsoet, Quantifying light exposure patterns in young adult students. Journal of Modern Optics (2013)
[*a whopping 56 citations!*]

** Image by hine / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0