Dr Emma Weitkamp

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  • Qualifications:PhD [Biochemisty] Cambridge University
  • Position:Associate Professor in Science Communication
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 82081
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About me

My research interests explore narrative in science communication, considering both arts and media practice. Current research projects investigate the way we communicate 'distant' risks, considering the role of narrative in this process. Through recent collaborative Sci-Arts projects, I am also exploring theatre audiences (for science communication) and collaborative practices in interdisciplinary teams.

Current and recent projects include: 

The DRY project, where I am investigating the barriers and enablers to communication about drought in Britain.

Evaluation of Careful, a Kingston University project exploring the role of theatre in nurse education. See: Chimera network for further details. 

Science for Environment Policy, a news alert service run on behalf of the European Commission.The service has over 20,000 subscribers around the world. 

Butterflies, a narrative journey through chaos theory (funded by the STFC).

I am currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Science Communication, http://jcom.sissa.it.

Area of expertise

I developed the MSc in Science Communication together with Professor Emeritus Frank Burnet and subsequently developed the PgCert in Practical Science Communication offered by UWE. I currently lead the 'Science, the Public and Media' module that forms part of our postgraduate taught provision.  I teach on a level 3 Science Communication module and contribute to teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the Faculty. I have supervised over 25 MSc projects to completion and also supervises undergraduate project students. 

Current PhD students:

2015 - Elena Milani, exploring vaccines advocacy on social media

2014 - present Achintya Rao - Perception of public outreach in the international physics community. Achintya is funded through CERN. Director of Studies

2013 - present Wilasinnee Triyarat - An exploration of the Science Caravan in Thailand. Funded by the Royal Thai Government –Second Supervisor.

Recently completed PhD research:

2016 Helena Wythe - The W.E.L.L. Study Wise Eating in Later Life. Funded by University of the West of England, Bristol – Director of Studies.

2008 Helen Featherston - Risk communication of climate change: stakeholder objectives and public responses, Funded by University of the West of England, Bristol – Director of Studies.


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