Dr Emma Weitkamp

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  • Qualifications:PhD [Biochemisty] Cambridge University, Fellow HEA
  • Position:Associate Professor in Science Communication
  • Department:HAS - Applied Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 82081
  • Email:Emma.Weitkamp@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

My research interests explore narrative in science communication, considering both arts and media practice and the actors involved in science communication. 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).

Current and recent projects include: 

RETHINK: Horizon 2020 funded project exploring digital science communication. I am particularly involved in understanding the different actors contributing to the digital science communication landscape. 

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

Scientific Literacy in Nigeria: Boosting Science Communication and Journalism

In this 3-year project, SCU is working with TReND (Teaching and Research in Natural Sciences for Development) in Africa and University of Sussex to evaluate the short- and longer-term impacts of an intensive, multi-day training programme for journalists and scientists in Nigeria. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the aim of the project is to build science communication capacity, resources and conversations in Nigeria, and to build value and trust in health and science research in order to improve health outcomes.


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 (director of studies only):

Andy Ridgway - Risk and Social marketing approaches to Food Waste

Elena Milani, exploring vaccines advocacy on social media

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

Recently completed PhD research:

2017 Wilasinnee Triyarat - An exploration of the Science Caravan in Thailand. Funded by the Royal Thai Government.

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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