Our Trainers

Steve Miller, ESCoNET Director
Steve was Head of Department of STS until 2011, and Professor of Science Communication and Planetary Science. Steve is a former political journalist. He directed ENSCOT and is currently directing ESConet. He was among the first to introduce science communication courses into British universities, doing so in 1990, and has been organising training courses for nearly 20 years. Steve also chaired the European Commission’s own exercise in Benchmarking the Promotion of RTD Culture and Public Understanding of Science (EC 2003) and has acted as an evaluator for FP5 and FP6 projects, and for the Descartes Prize for Science Communication. He co-authored Science in Public: communication, culture and credibility. He is also a planetary scientist and co-ordinator in the FP6- and FP7-funded European planetary EuroPlanet science network.

Maggie Aderin
Maggie is the founder of Science Innovation and an experienced television broadcaster. As STFC Fellow, she is developing projects to popularise particle physics and astronomy, particularly to black and ethnic minority communities, who have been hard to reach by traditional outreach and science communication projects. Maggie has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and several years of experience making instruments for the space industry, in which she still works part-time.

Massimiano Bucchi
Massimiano has a Ph.D. Social and Political Science and is Associate Professor of Sociology of Science at the University of Trento, Italy. He has published several books, including Science and the Media (London and New York, Routledge, 1998). He is a head of the scientific committee of non-profit centre Observa Science in Society. Massimiano has also served as advisor and evaluator for several research and policy bodies, including the US National Science Foundation, the Royal Society and the European Commission. He has received recognition for his work, including the Mullins Prize awarded by the Society for Social Studies of Science (1997) and the Merck-Serono prize for science books (2007).

Quentin Cooper
Quentin hosts BBC Radio 4’s weekly The Material World, the UK’s most listened to science programme, and he writes and presents a range of other science output on radio, television and in print. He also facilitates and directs and increasing number of other science events in the UK and around the world – in the last years these included everything from science journalism workshops in Japan to a biodiversity conference in Brazil, from a global diabetes summit in Kenya to the first European Commission forum on science journalism in Spain, and from talks about the image of scientists in Moscow to a dance-science project for schools in London. Among the organisations he has worked with regularly and recently are the British Council, the Royal Society, BBC Training, the Royal Institution, NERC (the Natural Environment Research Council), the Institute of Physics, DEFRA (the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Astra Zeneca, The Natural History Museum, the Wellcome Trust, Cheltenham Science Festival, The World Diabetes Foundation and the Cape Farewell climate change project.

Kostas Dimopoulos
Kostas is Associate Professor of Learning Materials in the Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of the Peloponnese. He also teaches Didactics of Science at the Hellenic Open University. His current research interests concern the image of science and technology presented within various communication contexts like formal and non formal science education institutions, mass media, internet and advertisements, as well as developing science communication and education materials for non-experts (student and the general public). He has written many articles, conference papers, and recently two books on these issues. Among the international journals he has published are Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, Research in Science Education, International Journal of Learning, and Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies. Finally, Kostas has participated in many national and European R&D projects related to science communication and science education.


Lucie Green
Lucie works in TV and radio and co- presented the BBC/Open University astronomy programmes ‘Final Frontier’ and ‘Stardate’, which covered some of the major events in astronomy and space physics. One of the Stardate programmes covered the transit of Venus, which took place on 6 June 2004. This programme won the Royal Television Society’s Life Long Learning and Multimedia Award for the opportunities it gave viewers to join in on the event and make their own Sun-Earth distance measurements. In addition, Lucie regularly contributes to discussions on space and astronomy on the radio and in the news on BBC1, BBC News 24, GMTV , carried out science demonstrations on the Children’s BBC programme the Xchange, discussed solar physics and solar observing of the Sky at Night. Lucie also works as a solar phycisist at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

Marta Entradas
Marta has completed her thesis, Who’s for Space, in Science Communication at University College London. Her research deals with the public opinion on science, particularly related to space exploration, and the relationship between the public and policy-making. She has a Master’s degree in Earth and Life Sciences for Education from the University of Lisbon, where she focused on science communication strategies for informal education. Previously, Marta spent four years working as a Science Communication Officer at the European Centre for Marine Science and Technology (EurOcean).

Ana Godinho
Ana coordinates media and external affairs for the Instituto Gulbekian de Ciencia (IGC) in Portugal. She has several years of professional experience in communicating science with the public and with the media, through press releases and interviews. Before joining the IGC, she was science communication officer at the Institute for Stem Cell Research, Edinburgh, Scotland. Ana has a Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of London and went on to do post- doctoral research at King’s College London. Since 2003, Ana has organised several communication and media training workshops for scientists in Portugal and in Edinburgh, for EuroStemCell (European Consortium for Stem Cell Research). She has also been a trainer on workshops organised by ESConet. She has presented her work at international science communication meetings, published in science communication journals and co-authored book chapters.

Anita Heward
Anita is a freelance science writer and press officer. After completing an MSc in Earth Observation Science at the University of Leicester, she joined the team setting up the National Space Centre, a Millennium Landmark Project based in Leicester. Between 1997 and 2001, Anita was responsible for developing content and displays for the galleries, assembling a collection of space artefacts from around the world and setting up a gallery-based and online space news service. During this period she also completed a Diploma in Science Communication with Birkbeck College, London. Since leaving the National Space Centre, Anita has set up the British Festival of Space, which publicised the UK’s role in space and astronomy through events for the media, schools, teachers and the general public held in Guildford and Birmingham. From 2001 to 2007 she was the co-ordinator of ‘UK goes to the Planets’, a campaign to publicise the UK’s contribution to the exploration of the Solar System and she also co-ordinated events for Space50, the UK’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.

Blanka Jergovic
Blanka has been a radio journalist for the past ten years, specialising in science at the national radio station. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Zagreb, where she is now part-time lecturer is science journalism. Blanka has been part of the management committee of ESConet under FP6 and FP7, and is an experienced trainer. She organised science communication workshops funded by the British Council and the United Nations, and works closely with staff at the InterUniversity Centre in Dubrovnik.

Nina Kuryata­‐Stasiv
Nina is currently an editor for the BBC website for Ukraine. She was previously editor-in-chief of the Seychas Newspaper, run by the LIGABusiness- Inform Information Agency. She has a Ph.D. in microbiology from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (Kiev) and a Master’s degree in journalism. She used to be a science writer and has taught university courses in Science Journalism since 2005. Nina has also organised and taught on several science communication workshops. Nina was a member of the Management Committee of ESConet.

Declan Fahy
Declan has worked as a journalist for several Irish publications, including the Irish Times and the Irish Daily Mirror. Currently, having obtained a Ph.D. in science communication at Dublin City University, Declan is Assistant Professor at the School of Communication at American University, Washington. Before moving to Washington, Declan was lecturing at DCU. He was the manager on the FP6 funded ESConet project.

Elsa Poupardin
Elsa is currently Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the University Louis Pasteur. She has a Ph.D. in sociology of science from the University of Paris. Elsa was manager of ESConet before taking up her full-time lectureship, and is an experienced science communication trainer.

Hans Peter Peters
Hans Peter is a senior researcher at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, and Adjunct Professor of Science Journalism at the Free University of Berlin. After a journalism traineeship Hans Peter studied physics and social science and received his Ph.D. from the University of Bochum. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV), and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ‘Science Communication’. His research deals with the formation of public opinion on science, technology, biomedicine and the environment under the conditions of a media society. In particular, he focuses on the relationship of science and journalism. He has organised media training workshops for scientists in Germany for more than 15 years.

Kajsa­‐Stina Magnusson
Kajsa is an experienced project manager who has worked on diverse projects, such as those related to development and democratization in Southern Africa and running a centre teaching graduate courses in mathematics and statistical science in inner city London. Kajsa is particularly interested in science communication and policy-making related to emerging technologies, technological change and issues related to science and democracy and democratization. She teaches science communication courses at UCL, and is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate researching science policy and the societal and ethical implications associated with nanotechnologies.

Mary Mulvihill
In a previous existence, Mary worked as a statistical geneticist with Ireland’s Agricultural Research Institute – so she knows what it is like to be a scientist. But for over 20 years now, she has worked as a science writer and broadcaster, so she also knows what it is like to communicate a technical story to a general audience. She has written widely for Irish publications, presented numerous radio series for RTE, and edited Technology Ireland for a decade since the 1990s. A former president of the Irish Science & Technology Journalists Association, and former member of the Irish Council for Bioethics, she has co-ordinated and contributed to over 20 training workshops for scientists covering media and interview skills, communicating and presentations. Her book on Irish scientific heritage, Ingenious Ireland, won a number of awards.

Brian Trench
Brian is a senior lecturer in the School of Communications, Dublin City University (DCU), where he teaches courses in Science and Society and Science in the Media and co-ordinates the Masters in Science Communication. He has organised and taught on numerous short training courses in media skills for research scientists and other university staff. He is co-editor with M. Bucchi of Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (Routledge 2008). In a 20-year career in journalism, Brian was news editor (Sunday Tribune, Dublin), chief sub-editor (Sunday Business Post, Dublin), magazine assistant editor (Hibernia, Dublin) and editor (Magill, Dublin), radio programme presenter (‘Media Vox’, RTE Radio 1, Dublin), and contributor on science and technology to various media, including ‘5-7 Live’ on RTE Radio1, Technology Ireland magazine and New Scientist. He is a former president of the Irish Science Journalists Association.

Melanie Smallman
Melanie holds a degree in Biology from the University of Warwick, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College, London. She is the director of the private science communication consultants Think-lab. She was part-time manager of ENSCOT, and is responsible for giving science communication advice to the Chief Scientific Officer at the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. There, she has transformed the communication strategy of the ministry, to make it much more open to public engagement, as well as to the media. Through ENSCOT and ESConet, she is an experienced trainer. Melanie will offer training in writing for the media, communicating to policy makers, communicating risk, and science in dialogue.

Sofia Araujo
Sofia graduated in Applied Chemistry (Biotechnology) from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Lisbon, Portugal, and has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of London, UK. She holds a post-graduate Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London.  Sofia is a full-time scientist who possesses years of experience and many scientific publications in her field of research. In addition, she is particularly interested in Science Communication and in investigating innovative ways to bring science to the public and to engage the public in scientific discussion. Sofia is one of the editors of a Portuguese science weblog and has participated in a Portuguese TV-Science programme broadcasted in 2008 (ABCiência RTP, Portugal).

Toby Murcott
Toby is a producer for Pier Productions and BBC Radio, whose programmes include Home Planet and Connect for BBC Radio 4. He was the science correspondent for BBC World Service and has produced and presented programmes across all of BBC Radio, He is a part-time lecturer in science journalism at City University, and has previously been a lecturer in science communication at the University of Glamorgan, teaching on the MSc course there. He is author of ‘The Whole Story: Alternative Medicine or Trial?’ and a regular columnist on The times newspaper. He has worked on several projects with leading scientific institutions, including working with the Institute of Physics; The Royal Society; The British Association for the Advancement of Science; The Medical Research Council; Nature Magazine; The British Council; Society of Chemistry in Industry. Tony is also consultant to science TV production companies and has a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Todor Galev
Todor is a research fellow at the Technology studies Group, Institute of Sociology, Bulgaria. He obtained a Ph.D. in sociology and he is currently working on post-socialist innovation policy and technological development. In addition, he lectures courses in the field of sociology of science and economics of technical change. His interests include the issue of how to improve the use of social scientists’ expert knowledge in policy decision-making, and how to communicate with the general public over the internet. In this connection, he is responsible for web-communication activities in the Bulgarian Sociological Association. Todor has been a trainer in ESConet workshops within the FP6 project, and an organiser of associated training workshops on science communication for young Bulgarian researchers.

Vasilis Koulaidis
V asilis is Professor of Education and Communication in the Department of Social and Educational Policy of the University of Peloponnese. He is also head of the module of Science Education and Communication of the Hellenic Open University. His current research interest concern the diffusion of techno- scientific knowledge (in formal and non-formal settings) including the development of relevant materials for non-experts (students and the general public) as well as representations of science and technology (including media). He has written a considerable number of books, articles and conference papers. Furthermore, Vasilis has participated in a large number of national and European R&D projects, most of which are related to science education and communication. Finally, he leads a team responsible for the production of audio-visual materials and programmes for popularising science and technology.
Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of Peloponnese, Greece

Vladimir de Semir
Vladimir is a former city councillor and commissioner of Knowledge Society for the city of Barcelona (1999-2008). He is Associated Professor in Scientific Journalism at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) since 1994, where he directs the Science Communication Observatory. The Observatory runs Master’s and Diploma programmes in science communication. Vladimir is a member of the CE expert croup Monitoring Activities of Science in Society and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Public Communication of Science & Technology Network; he currently edits the PCST-Academy website. He was also scientific director of the European project ‘Science in the City’ (ESCITY). As a former journalist, specialising in scientific, medical and environmental issues since 1982, he became science editor of the Catalan daily La Vanguarida until 1997.
Science Communication Observatory, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain


Aleksandar Višnjevac
Aleksandar is a research associate at the Rudjer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia, in the field of structural and bioinorganic chemistry. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb, and he was elected research associate (eq. to assistant professor) in 2003. During 2005/2006 and 2008 he was a postdoc fellow at the Paris Descartes University in Paris, France. Besides Croatian, Aleks speaks French and English fluently, and has an active knowledge of German and Italian. He is author of more than one hundred articles popularising science in leading Croatian daily, weekly and monthly magazines. From 2003 to 2005, he published a column called ‘Science in Context’ in CroatiaBiz, a Croatian monthly magazine for business and society.

 

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