The coordinators of the Media Expert Group manage the email and organise events and trainings.



Sanne Willems

is Assistant Professor in Applied Statistics in the Methodology & Statistics Unit at Leiden University. Her PhD research focused on finding optimal scaling transformations in GLMs. However, she is now switching to research on the communication of statistics. She studied the interpretation of probability phrases and is working on a project on the use of factchecks to combat misleading graphs.


Nikky van Buuren

holds a master’s degree in Statistical Science (Leiden University). In previous jobs she worked on developing network models, calculation and simulation of financial risks, and programming codes for machine learning frameworks. Nikky is now a Data Scientist for her own company Nidasci, where communication on statistical models is of major importance.


Laura Verbeek

is a master student in three programs: Biology and Animal Sciences in Wageningen, and Statistical Science in Leiden. After a bachelors’ in Biology in Leiden she decided to focus more on mathematics. She was always interested in science communication and writing for a wider audience, and for a course on Science Journalism she interviewed Sanne about the communication section. After that interview, she never left again.