Vega Asensio

Vega Asensio • Founder • Scientific illustrator & designer

Vega holds a PhD in Biology from the University of the Basque Country. She has worked and studied at different European universities as a researcher. She founded the NorArte Study in 2011, uniting her two passions, drawing and science, and driven by the need to improve scientific communication and dissemination. She is currently the coordinator of the first postgraduate degree in scientific illustration in Spain at the University of the Basque Country.

Izaskun Alberdi

Izaskun Alberdi • Scientific illustrator & designer

Izaskun holds a BSc in Biology from the University of the Basque Country and completed postgraduate specialist studies in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Pablo de Olavide University (Seville, Spain) and Scientific Illustration at the University of the Basque Country. Professionally, she has worked in several areas related to biology, including as a guide in the Basque Coast Geopark of and as a research technician.

Ana Madinabeitia

Ana Madinabeitia • Scientific illustrator & designer

Ana holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country and she has deep knowledge of biology. She completed her postgraduate specialist studies in Scientific Illustration at the University of the Basque Country with honor distinction. She has also a master degree in graphic and multimedia design at the INEDI Design School in Bilbao.


Çinta Altes

Çinta Altes • PhD in Biology,  Scientific Translator & Yoga Teacher

More than 10 years as Technical Manager at the Basque Association of Biologist (Colegio Oficial de Biologos de Euskadi, COBE). Over 20 years’ experience as a teacher (English, German and yoga) and scientific translator. Çinta is the coordinator of the course Efficient presentations and teaches the modules on Managing Nerves, Relaxation and Non-Verbal and Para-Verbal Language.

David J. Fogarty

David J. Fogarty • PhD in Neuroscience & Academic Secretary of UPV/EHU Press

Managing Editor of “The International Journal of Developmental Biology” (Int. J. Dev. Biol.). Collaborates with the COBE and participates in MSc courses teaching modules on publishing the results of scientific research internationally. David is currently involved in the international promotion of academic literature produced in the Basque language (euskara). Orcid ID: David participates in the course Efficient presentations offering keys for increasing creativity and improving message structure.

Tim Nicholson

Tim Nicholson • Teacher, Translator & Linguist (B.A.)

With over 30 years’ experience as a teacher and translator, Tim’s field of expertise extends to a wide range of academic, scientific and artistic areas. In the course Efficient presentations helps participants improve their English pronunciation and intonation.

Mark Parsonage

Mark Parsonage • Teacher and Scientific translator BSc, RS Biology

Graduate in Science, BSc (Hons.) from the University of Wales, and qualified teacher, PGCE, recognised by the Department of Education (United Kingdom) who has been working in San Sebastian for many years as an English teacher and registered CIOL translator – specialising in scientific and technical subjects. Mark takes part in the course Efficient presentations helping participants improving their English pronunciation and intonation.