Since 2012

More than a decade of science communication experience

Let us help you with our strategic science communication advise and expertise in writing, design & tech. We have a background in science, which means we can brainstorm with you about your research and really understand your needs.

We think scientific research is too important to be wasting away in a drawer. We are excited to turn your work into engaging materials that create impact!

Liesbeth & Stephan, The Online Scientist

No more boring science communication!

We craft creative and strategic science communication solutions

The Online Scientist is on a mission to eradicate the world of boring and ineffective science communication. If science is to make the world a better place, we need to go beyond identical ‘blue-colored websites with endless text!’ We don’t compromise on quality and always push the limits of our creativity. That is why we craft creative websites, infographics, animations and texts that are both engaging and informative. Why settle for anything less than unique and inspiring?

We make your research easy to understand and accessible to everyone

Our aim is to make science accessible to anyone. You might think that a boring, dime a dozen website is good enough, but why not put a smile on people’s faces while communicating effectively about your work? We will push you out of your comfort zone in trying to make your research memorable, but it will be worth it!

With an honest and
no-nonsense approach

We are honest, transparent and open to feedback, and we expect the same from our clients.

We don’t just execute your orders, but we work as your sparring partner at every stage of the project. By working closely together with you, we can combine all of our expertise to create beautiful products that pack a punch.

The team

The scientific background of Liesbeth and Stephan, and the good cooperation and interaction with them, has led to a beautiful outcome of this extensive and complex project; the Seven Countries Study. Daan Kromhout, Wageningen University

I have worked closely with Liesbeth and Stephan. They listened very carefully to our wishes, translated them into designs and texts that were understandable and visibly highly attractive. Their greatest asset is their ability to communicate clearly and constantly address the various professional voices involved by translating between the different audiences.

Esther Captain, former head of Centre for Applied Research on Education, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
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Liesbeth Smit


I make science sexy and want to help researchers create more impact with their work. That’s why I taught myself design and web development during my research and PhD in nutrition science at Harvard School of Public Health and VU University.

Since founding The Online Scientist in 2012, I’ve created over 150 websites and dozens of infographics, animated video and e-learning courses for researchers all over the world. My goal is to make their research output more user-friendly and intuitive with interactive designs that puts a smile on your face.

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Stephan van Duin


I started in science communication right after graduating as a biologist, and I now commit myself to improving the discipline of science communication or ‘scicomm’ even further. Not only by working with scientists and giving workshops, but also as co-chairman of the Dutch science communication association SciCom NL. One of my goals is to connect the practice of scicomm to the academic study of it.

My vision is that both science and society can benefit from clear science communication when it’s done the right way.

The Online Scientist & IMPACT of Science

At The Online Scientist we’re always thinking about ways to improve science communication. That’s why we attend and speak at science communication conferences, and actively engage in (global) discussions about the impact of science.

Sponsoring of impact projects and organisations

  • We’re contributing to the debate about the future of nutrition science and have sponsored their website:

  • We’ve organised sessions at conference for science journalists on how to improve their science communication, for example at the ECSJ 2017 conference.

  • Stephan is co-chair of SciCom NL, the organisation for science communcators and Liesbeth designed their new website

Walk the walk, talk the talk

Besides helping other scientists with their science communication, we also bring our own areas of expertise to (large) audiences. We wrote a few (bestselling) popular science books and articles about our own scientific expertise, and appear regularly in Dutch national media.

You can also contact us when you want to have us on your show, or when you need an engaging speaker/workshop for your conference.

Thanks to The Online Scientist we transformed the output of a comprehensive research project into a short and convincing story that can easily be told by others. Together we decided on the audience, main messages and the products needed to make an impact. I really enjoyed the interactions and all the creative ideas to better convey my message. I will definitely use the learnings for future projects.

Dr. Famke Mölenberg, Erasmus MC