We’re a team of scientists

At The Online Scientist we understand how valuable your research is. We have a background in science, which means we can brainstorm with you about complex topics and understand your needs.

With our communication & design skills we help you to to develop (online) tools and materials to make sure your research stands out and creates impact.

We have experience with a variety of audiences: from study participants and patients to fellow academics and lawmakers, making us the perfect partner to help you reach yours.

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tos-quotesWe 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 an impact!

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.

Prof.dr.ir. Daan Kromhout, Wageningen University

I have worked closely with Liesbeth and Stephan in the development of a website which featured various research projects. 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. Many thanks to you both.

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

Creative director

After completing my master’s degree in Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University I did research on the effects of trans fatty acids on cardiovascular disease at Harvard School of Public Health and VU University in Amsterdam. At Harvard I gained experience with web design and science communication.

My mission is to make (nutrition) science sexy and easy to understand by using user-friendly and intuitive interactive designs, whether it’s an online academic course, infographic, report or a research website. Science should be accessible and engaging for everyone.

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Stephan van Duin

Business director

I graduated as a biologist with minors in communication and business management at Wageningen University, while also having specialized in the dissemination of science at the University of California in Berkeley. I enjoy the process of understanding complex matters and being able to present them in a comprehensible way, and my education mirrors that.

My vision is that science and society can benefit from clear science communication, and that IT can aid this development in various ways, from science websites for the public to academic e-learning for students.

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The Online Scientist & IMPACT of Science

At The Online Scientist we’re always thinking about ways to improve science communication. That’s why we’re actively engaged in the global discussion about the impact of science, attend conferences, and also speak about these topics or give interactive sessions at conferences.

Sponsoring of impact projects and organisations

We’re contributing to the debate about the future of nutrition science and have sponsored their website: www.nutritionintransition.nl.

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

We sponsored the design of the The European Federation for Science Journalism website.

For teenagers we’ve developed a Summer Science Camp where they can get a taste of scientific research and learn about various disciplines.

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Walk the walk, talk the talk

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

Contact us when you’re interested in having us on your radio or television show, want to interview us, need an engaging speaker/workshop for your conference or want sponsoring for your impact of science project.


Liesbeth and Stephan at The Online Scientist helped me develop a rather complex website www.cosmin.nl, on which we wanted to give a lot of information for researchers about measurements in medicine. This information had to be found via various ways on the website. Liesbeth and Stephan created a seemingly simple and clear structure of this website, which perfectly met my needs. They listened to my ideas, and developed a website which has a professional look and is user-friendly for my audience.

– Wieneke Mokkink, PhD at dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, VUmc