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Djuddah A.J. Leijen


Djuddah A.J. Leijen holds a Ph.D. in General Linguistics. He works as a lecturer of academic writing and delivers personnel training courses at the University of Tartu. He is also the head of the Centre for Academic Writing and Communication at the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures.
His research interests include Ph.D. writing processes, academic writing processes, and web-based peer review systems. He has taught Ph.D. writing and communication since 2006

Anni Jürine


Anni Jürine holds a Ph.D. in Estonian Language (University of Tartu). She is currently working at the Institute of Estonian and General linguistics as a Research Fellow. Her research interests are academic writing in the context of Eastern and Central Europe, genre analysis, and rhetoric. Her current project includes “Academic Phrase Bank of Writing in Estonian” (EKKM17-461) and “Development of general competencies in upper secondary school” (LSVHI16455), where she is responsible for the communicative competences.

Marju Himma


Marju Himma is a science journalist and a researcher at the University of Tartu. Marju started to write on science and education for the local newspaper Tartu Postimees in 2008. Currently, she is a Senior Science Editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting, conducting science news for ERR Novaator and evening news at Estonian Television. She defended her Ph.D. in 2018 and currently teaches practical journalism at the University of Tartu and University of Tallinn.

Signe Opermann


Signe Opermann holds a PhD in media and communication studies from Södertörn University. She completed a post-doctoral research project (2016–2018) on generational perceptions of acceleration of social time at the Institute of Social Studies of the University of Tartu where she continues to work as a researcher. She also teaches several courses, such as social theories and the introduction to media and communication.

Vladislav Ivanistsev


Vladislav Ivaništšev holds a PhD in chemistry studies from Tartu University. He completed a post-doctoral research project (2012–2014)  at Strathclyde University.  He continues computational studies of ionic liquids in Tartu. He also teaches inorganic and computation chemistry. Besides, he is the main organized of Estonian chemistry competitions. Vladislav is a big fan of using IT in research practice, especially, in writing. He uses Zotero and LaTeX in his collaborations with many scientists all over the world.

Jason Mario Dydynski

PhD candidate

Jason Mario Dydynski is a doctoral student in semiotics and cultural studies at the University of Tartu in Estonia. His research interests include concepts of cuteness, approach motivation, sensory perception, and anthropomorphism. He has a strong background in public speaking, competing in competitive debate and speaking at the University of Oklahoma, placing in state and national level competitions in Impromptu Speaking and Communication Analysis. Recently, he was first runner up in the Coimbra Group 3-minute Thesis Competition. He currently teaches courses in communicating science and academic presentations at the University of Tartu.

Katarina Damčević

PhD Candidate

Katarina Damčević is a PhD student of semiotics and culture studies at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Her research interests include hate speech and dangerous speech, ethnic conflict, education, and taboo language and practices. Her research focus lies primarily on developing a dangerous speech framework for application in policy development and education. She is working as a teaching assistant and consultant in the Center for Academic Writing and Communication at Tartu University.

Roger Yallop

PhD candidate

Roger Yallop is a last year PhD student at the University of Tartu, Estonia in the Department of General Linguistics where he is researching L2 English academic writing skills. More specifically, his main research interest is written peer feedback within L2 English academic writing groups. He is also part of a team at Tartu university entrusted in putting all the content of academic writing courses online in a blended learning approach to teaching. Within this project, he is particularly interested in developing an online peer feedback system for use within academic writing groups. Before embarking on his PhD, Roger had worked as an EFL (English as a foreign language) lecturer in Libya, Estonia, Finland, and Turkey.