Our Team

The Communication Skills Academy is run by a core team of four people and supported by a larger team of teachers. We introduce ourselves below. 

Core Team

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Kim van Ommering (PhD) obtained her master's degree in Applied Physics from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and a PhD degree in Applied Physics based on her work at Philips Research on magnetic biosensors. She has another master degree in Science Education and has taught at both high school and university level. She currently works as the Coordinator Communication Skills Academy, where she organizes, develops and teaches courses in academic writing from bachelor to PhD level. 

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After a career as a researcher, Saskia Ebeling (PhD) joined the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) to better support both PhD candidates and PhD supervisors. She initiated the PhD Course Centre in 2015 to offer training in general skills for PhD candidates, and presently serves as the managing director of the GSLS PhD Course Center. This Course Center considers Academic writing, organized by the Communication Skills Academy, one of the most important academic skills for PhD candidates.

Frans van Dam is an innovator of science communication teaching and the physical and digital learning environment. He teaches science communication at Utrecht University (master and PhD level), including academic and popular writing and presenting. He co-edited the international text book 'Science communication, an introduction', published in 2020. Frans is manager of the Teaching & Learning Lab, the university's first active learning classroom.

Toine Pieters  - profile coming soon



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