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About This Blog

PLOS ECR (Early Career Researcher) Community, formerly The PLOS Student Blogis a forum for the next generation of scientists and science writers.

Starting in 2016, we’ve changed the name of this blog site on PLOS BLOGS Network from The Student Blog to The PLOS ECR Community. We’ve also refocused its purpose and scope into an outlet for promising writers who are currently studying a science discipline at the undergrad, graduate or post-doctoral levels (up to 5 yrs post PhD).

The ECR Community blog is managed by an ECR Community Editor and written by members of a community of undergrads, graduate students and post-docs from a variety of academic and private sector institutions and disciplines. Their posts will provide unique insights into the current state of science education, research developments in individual disciplines, the art and science of science communication and Open Access science with special attention paid to education and career choices facing younger scientists at these critical early stages of their work lives. Your comments are invited and will be answered by the individual bloggers. 

Managing Editor for PLOS ECR Community is David Knutson, Senior Communications Manager at PLOS. You can reach him at with any overall questions regarding this blog or PLOS. Otherwise, you can reach out to our community editors presented below.

PLOS ECR Community Editor

Meet Andreas:

Andreas Vilhelmsson

Hi! I’m Andreas Vilhelmsson, a public health researcher (PhD in medical science) at the Division of Social Medicine and Global Health at Lund University, Sweden. Here I’m pursuing my early research career by being involved in research focusing on pharmaceutical regulation, and especially the self-regulatory systems in Sweden and the UK compared to the US system. I am also doing research concerning migration and health and public health effects from climate change. In 2014 I completed my PhD at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University with my thesis ‘A Pill for the Ill? Depression, Medicalization and Public Health’ that analysed patient adverse drug reports on SSRIs. In 2013, a version of my thesis was published in PLOS ONE. I also work as a public health specialist for the Regional Council (equivalent to a US state) at a Center of knowledge in women’s health and a Center of knowledge in migration and health, two prioritized areas within the Swedish regional health care system. In addition I am a lecturer in a course in global health within the Medical programme at the Medical Faculty of Lund University from 2012 and onwards and in the MPH programme since 2014. I am also an author of course books in public health and global public health. I’m happy to be included in this great opportunity and endeavor of scientific importance. I have always liked the PLOS concept and open access generally, and what first drew me to contribute to the Student Blog was the possibility to write about important global health issues and connect with others through the PLOS platform.

Follow me on Twitter at @andvilhelm.

Interested in writing for us?

If you are interested in becoming a student contributor, please send an inquiry with a sample blog post to

Past Contributors

In the past our student science writers have come from the following programs — we’re pleased to keep their archived posts on the PLOS Student Blog:

Inside Knowledge, featuring Anna Perman, Ben Good, Lizzie Crouch, and David Robertson, who are working on a master’s degree in science communication at Imperial College, London.

Science, Upstream, featuring Jamie Hansen and Julia James, two students working on a master’s degree in journalism at Stanford University.

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