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Click on the pictures for more info on each of the members :)

Fernanda Haffner

Writer & Editor-in-chief


Fernanda is a Food Engineer with a PhD in Chemistry. Her PhD thesis explored the world of encapsulation of probiotics. She is most passionate about her research on human microbiomes, but it is not only bugs that capture her curiosity. This is, in part, why Esperluette subsists — thanks to Fernanda’s number one rule to never stop exploring.


"Nothing truly valuable can be achieved, except by the unselfish cooperation of many individuals.” (A. Einstein)

Federica Sebastiani

Federica has been wandering in Europe since 2010 for science reasons. First, she did her Masters in Grenoble (France), then her PhD in Chemistry between Grenoble and Reading (UK) and currently she is in Lund (Sweden) for an exciting post-doc project. Science allowed her to move around the continent and she is very much thankful for the things learned and the people met on the way.

 She strongly believes that science is closer to everyday life than what is generally thought, and we, as scientists, have the duty to change the general mindset, build a stronger scientific awareness and spread critical thinking.

Ambassador University of Lund 


Diana Hembree

Diana is an award-winning journalist who writes for and whose first love is literature. She has worked as an editor and reporter at places from Time Inc. and the Center for Investigative Reporting to various media startups. She has had a passion for science since age five, when she saw an exhibit on the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, and in college had fun teaching rats how to play soccer using operant conditioning. 

Consultant & Copyediting


Giulio Ragazzon 

Giulio is a researcher in chemistry at the University of Trieste. He enjoys what is both surprising and understandable, therefore in his home it is possible to find a Hoberman sphere and a book by Murakami. He believes that science is one of the tools we have to make the world a better place.

Ambassador University of Trieste 


Bruno Medronho

Bruno comes from Monchique (small village in the south of Portugal) and he has been engaged with science for several years. He almost got married with a sport career first, but the passion for chemistry was stronger in the end... Currently, he is a happy assistant researcher at the University of Algarve, where he works on cellulose-based stuff only a couple of miles away from the sea. He deeply regrets to not have patented all the formulations (based on soap and flour and intended to kill ants) he developed when he was only 6 -7 years old! He could have been rich by now and be sponsoring Esperluette!"

Ambassador University of Faro 


Amancio José de Souza 

Amancio is a plant biologist accustomed to the lab life. After many years in labs across the USA his career has recently taken a turn to the science of human health. He is currently a toxicology professor and coordinates a research lab at the Bahiana School for Medicine and Public Health in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Amancio is committed to science education and is an enthusiast for evidenced-based medicine and sees in the Esperluette initiate a palpable strategy to connect advanced science and popular interest.

Ambassador of Bahiana School for Medicine and Public Health


Hugo Tschirhart

Hugo is a young doctor in theoretical physics. According to his beliefs, a widespread popular education is a criterion for a healthy society. However, at least in France, it has been unfortunately slowly forsaken by the successive governments. Therefore, calls for initiatives, like research popularization, whose purpose is to turn academic results into accessible knowledge for everyone, is of paramount importance nowadays. That is why Hugo is really enthusiastic about becoming an ambassador. And also, because it is a hell of a title if you want to impress your friends!

Ambassador University of Luxembourg 


Past members:

- Emilie Schmidt (illustrator)

- Luis Rubio (illustrator)

- Laurene Gattuso (illustrator)

- Jeanne Champenois-Masset (designer)

Marion Couturier



Marion is currently continuing her studies in the domain of drawing and graphic design at the 'Haut École des Arts du Rhin' in Strasbourg. She got her master's degree in history and still teaches occasionally these days.

Sharing knowledge and finding ways to make it accessible to different audiences has always been an interest of hers. She's glad to be able to put art at the service of Esperluette.

Insta: @marionmcouturier