EU Project Officer – STEAM, CREATIONS & NUCLEUS
Amanda is an EU Project Officer at the University of Malta, where she project manages the initiatives STEAM and CREATIONS as well as NUCLEUS. Through these projects she has designed and coordinated public engagement events, developed STEAM activities to be implemented in schools, delivered training workshops in science communication and evaluated all of these projects for impact. Amanda has a BSc in Botany and an MSc in Science Communication, both from the University of Manchester.
In addition to experience in public engagement and science communication theory, Amanda is a professional photographer, graphic designer, videographer and animator, and has previously worked for the NHS, communicating medical research. Her main interests include training researchers in science communication techniques, particularly the use of engaging visuals and the potential for games as an education tool.
Think Magazine Editor, Science in the City (Malta) Festival Manager, Innovation Communication Lecturer
Dr Edward Duca is the Publications Developer and Editor at the University of Malta for the research magazine Think that has reached three million online views. He is a PhD graduate in Genetics (University of Edinburgh) and a freelance science writer, editor and communicator. He has written for several local and international organisations including The Times of Malta, Science and Nature.
In Malta, he founded Malta Cafe Scientifique, which is the public outreach arm of the Malta Chamber of Scientists. By setting up the science and arts festival Science in the City (visited by over 20,000 per year), he aims to bridge the gap between the sciences and arts, that can benefit each other by providing inspiration, bringing new audiences to cultural events, pushing the boundaries of art into new fields, while shining a critical lens on science. He aims to continue setting up projects that communicate science to the public to create a scientifically literate society.
Specialties: Science Communication, Science Writing, Project Management, Science and Art, Genetics, Ideas, Editing
Administrative Management of European Projects and E&T Online Magazine
Theoni Charalampidou graduated in 2004 from the University of Ioannina, School of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology. She has worked as an administrative assistant in various Greek and multinational companies as well as public institutions. In particular, she worked at Greek National Tourism Organisation (G.N.T.O) where she was actively involved in the communication and dissemination of the tourist product of the country, under the supervision of the President and Secretary General of the Organisation, and at the Organisation for Vocational Education & Training, Ministry of Education where she was involved in adult education.
Over the last six years she is cooperating with Science View, initially as an external associate, later as permanent staff, being responsible for the coordination and administration of European projects, the implementation of educational activities and the organization of events such as Science Café’s, conferences and trainings.
Journalist Consultant and Science Communication Lecturer
Bernd Müller is a German journalist, consultant and lecturer in science communication. He has a degree in physics, journalism and innovation management. He works as a journalist for science and innovation topics near Bonn. Among other things, he writes for well-known magazines like Wirtschaftswoche, VDI-Nachrichten, Bild der Wissenschaft, Technology Review, and for corporate magazines including Siemens and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. His topics range from particle physics to new energy sources, the ‘Internet of Things‘, to medical technology.
Previously, Bernd Müller was editor of Bild der Wissenschaft, Wirtschaftswoche and spokesman for the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, the leading Foresight Institute in Germany.
Bernd Müller is a researcher at the Rhine-Waal University for the EU project ‘Creations‘. The aim of the project is to increase the interest of children and young people in science topics with the help of art. He also teaches journalism and other subjects at the Rhine-Waal University.
Bernd Müller is also CEO of Inscico, a private institute, which advises institutions and companies in science and innovation communication. Among others, the Institute is currently conducting a study on the trend in science communication for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Project Leader of the Beltane Public Engagement Network
Dr Heather Rea is the project leader of the Beltane Public Engagement Network at the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Rea is project manager on a culture change project improving the participation in and perception of public engagement activities in academia. She has had three years’ experience in producing and delivering public engagement with engineering projects for science festivals, museums and schools, following 11 years of research in engineering information management tools.
She is specialised in public engagement, participation and dialogue, public policy, social media, knowledge information management, 3D shape content retrieval, and robot kinematics.
Programme Director for Science Communication and Public Engagement
Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson is the Programme Director for the on campus and online Masters in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to her teaching experience in science communication and public engagement, Elizabeth Stevenson has six years of undergraduate chemistry teaching experience. She also has about fifteen years of experience in engaging public audiences with science in schools, museums, science and community festivals.
She is specialised in public engagement, science communication, researcher training, collaborative working, chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Principal Lecturer for Research Methods
Dr. Merja Drake is a principal lecturer at HAAGA-HELIA. She teaches research methods and supervises bachelor and master thesis. She also is a project manager in “Smart DigiCitizen” project and research leader in project “Agile Model for MOOC Production” and the member of the project group “Sharing City” and “Collaborative Brands” – both projects are researching sharing economy and its impact on Finnish communities and old brands. Dr. Drake is a researcher in journalism, online journalism, blogs, Internet, web-based information, information retrieval, organizational communication, health information and health communication.
Emeritus President of EUSJA
Satu Lipponen is a professional journalist with experience of leadership and strategy. The last ten years she has been active in science journalism. She is emeritus president of the European Union of Science Journalists´ Associations (EUSJA) and EUSJA president 2014-2016. Before that she was president, vice-president and board member of the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists 2007-2014 and president of the WFSJ´s 8th World Conference of Science Journalists 2013 in Helsinki.
She has worked since 2000 for one of the biggest public health NGOs in Finland (the Cancer Society of Finland, currently as Director of communications and foresight, managing editor of the Cancer magazine and editor-in-chief of the Focus Research magazine of the Cancer Foundation. Satu Lipponen holds Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Tampere (international relations, journalism, economics). She has post-graduate studies from the University of Helsinki (foreign policy) and from the Helsinki University of Technology (industrial leadership). Ms Lipponen is an active member in professional journalism associations for four decades. She has written reports and articles and given talks at many global and European conferences related to health, science, journalism and communications. Her specialisation is cancer. She is in the Global Board of Directors of the International Cancer Information Service Group, ICISG.
Editor of the Research Magazine E&T
Mr. Menelaos Sotiriou is a science writer and communicator (background Applied Mathematics) with 17 years of international work experience. He is holding a Master in Total Quality Management and currently he is working in the field of science communication (providing also training to research teams on how to communicate their results). He has been involved in several EU projects.
His main research focus is on the communication of scientific research to the wider public. A special interest is on the Science Education field where he has realized numerous projects (National and International). He is the initiator of a National Educational Project called “Learning Science Through Theater” (www.lstt.eu) and he is collaborating with the Pedagogical Sector of the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in research initiatives. He is the National Coordinator of the Greek Student Parliament on Science (A European Project that runs in 16 European countries). He started his professional career by developing various Management Systems, mostly in the field of Education as well as Health Care and Telecommunications, in over 40 public and private Organisations. The last twelve (12) years he is running (project management) and organising European and national projects for several institutions (including research institutions) mainly in the areas of new and innovative technologies (ICT). He has been involved in more than 30 EU projects in the areas of SiS, SSH, ICT, Research for the Benefit of SMEs. He has vast experience in networking activities as the project Coordinator of EUROSiS Project that is the Network of the Science in Society NCPs. (Greek NCP for SiS Programme, of the FP7). During this project he has organized a lot of brokerage events as well as info days / trainings concerning the participation of institutions in the specific programme. He is included in the Evaluators’ Data Base of the European Commission for the HORIZON2020 as well as the Science Foundation of Ireland and also he had participated in several EC meetings as an expert in Science Communication and Journalism issues.
He is Presided of Science View (the Greek Science Writers’ Association, www.scienceview.gr) and research fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of National and Κapodistrian University of Athens. He has been a Board Member (2011 – 2015) of the European Union of Science Journalist’s Associations (EUSJA – www.eusja.org). Since August 2016 he is in the Steering Board of the Center for Creativities, Arts and Science Education (CASE – http://casecenter.no/).He was the editor of the Research and Technology online Magazine under the General Secretariat of Research Technology in Greece (www.et-online.gr).
Professor and Course Director for Science Communication
Alexander Gerber is a professor of International Science Communication at Rhine-Waal University, Germany, where he coordinates a full-fledged 3-year Science Communication degree programme in English. His research mainly focusses on socio-political dimensions of science-society issues. This includes areas such as stakeholder theory and ELSI, science education and RRI, interactive media and open science. Prof. Gerber coordinates a global science communication research consortium of 24 partners. Other research projects include a Horizon 2020 endeavour in using the arts for science education, and several research projects for the Federal Government of Germany including a global research field analysis.
Calling for an ‘Open Science Communication‘ he emphasises the shared responsibilities of the different stakeholders of science.
The degree programme at Rhine-Waal University puts less emphasis on training basic technical / journalistic skills such as writing or storytelling, but more on strategy and management, evaluation and even entrepreneurship. Additionally, students are trained in the methods of approaching science communication as a research discipline. “Our graduates will be well-equipped, with both strategic capacities and tools of trade, to succeed in an increasingly complex, demanding, or even hostile work environment”, says Gerber while emphasising the importance of employability.
Prof. Gerber is also Research Director of the extramural Institute for Science and Innovation Communication (INSCICO). He is Visiting Professor in the Science Marketing / Science Communication Masters degrees in Trieste / Italy and at the Berlin Institute of Technology / Germany.
In 2011, Prof. Gerber initiated a series of “Trend Studies” on Science Communication. Before, the information scientist and long-time science journalist / author / film director was Head of Marketing & Communications at Fraunhofer (ICT) for seven years, and founder and editor-in-chief of InnoVisions Magazine.
Prof. Gerber chairs the Board of Curators of the German Association of Specialised Journalists. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the International Science in Society Knowledge Community, the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), and the German Hightech Press Club (hpc). For Euroscience, he serves as an elected member of the Governing Board and of the ESOF Supervisory Board.