Sterre van Riel

Sterre is science communication manager at the SYNC lab and for the Gravitation program ‘Growing Up Together in Society (GUTS)’. She translates scientific matters into language that is understandable for everyone and exchanges this with society. She works on projects to effectively increase public engagement and societal impact of the research.

Sterre has a background in neuroscience and finished her master’s degree in Neuroscience & Cognition at Utrecht University in 2021. Her final thesis dealt with how social media brings opportunities for adolescent social (brain) development while physical distancing in times of Covid-19. During her masters, Sterre started her specialization in the field of science communication. Among several other science communication projects, she was fully committed to the editorial board of a popular science magazine for six months.

Sterre expanded her expertise during her position as outreach officer for the Social Resilience & Security program at Leiden University. Throughout her career, she developed (and carried out) high school guest lectures, created podcasts, organized youth panels, designed activities for science festivals and various other ways to connect science to society.



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