Science for Progress

because science is fundamental in the 21st century

The Team

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Or contact Dennis Eckmeier under info@sciforprogress.eu


Susan Leemburg

Susan is a neuroscientist based in Switzerland. After deciding that she would not become a biologist just like her parents, she studied biology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and fell in love with behavioral neuroscience and sleep research. She completed her PhD at ETH Zurich in 2011 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University Hospital in Zurich until 2017. She is currently looking for the next adventure.

She started Highlighter in 2018 to showcase women working in STEM in Switzerland and joined Science for Progress later in the same year.

When she’s not on the internet, Susan likes making things with yarn and electronics, playing computer games, reading books and exploring all of the museums.


Hugo Bettencourt

Born and raised in Lisbon, Hugo studies biomedical engineering. He works on his master’s thesis in neuroscience at the Champalimaud Foundation. It is very important to him to participate in the complete scientific process. Too often, he says, engineers in science only get to do data analysis. While not yet clear about his career goals, he already knows science communication should be part of it.  He was finalist of the Portuguese section of the science communication competition ‘FameLab’, and appeared at the Noite Europeia dos Investigadores 2017.

Hugo joined Science for Progress when he learned about the March for Science. His major concern is that too many people feel intimidated by science and keep their distance. To get the public in touch with science, Hugo wants to raise awareness for the importance of science in society, and provide the tools necessary to understand and interpret scientific facts.

Listen to Hugo talk about his experience with science communication and FameLab


Dennis Eckmeier

Dennis Eckmeier at the March for Science, Lisbon

Dennis Eckmeier (@DennisEckmeier on Twitter) is a neuroscientist from Germany. Currently he is on a ‘self-financed sabbatical’, trying to establish himself as a freelance academic and science advocate. He was awarded a PhD at Bielefeld University in Germany in 2010. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the USA (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), and then in Portugal (Champalimaud Research) until summer 2018.

Early 2017, he was part of the organizer-team of Marcha pela Ciência in Lisbon, and was involved in its social media presence. He then initiated Science for Progress as a continuation of the efforts of the March for Science.

Dennis likes science, head-in-the-sky dreaming, feet-on-the ground project planning and managing, being creative with media, netflix, nerdy stuff, geeky stuff, lifting heavy things, and putting them back down.