Dr Emma Weitkamp

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  • Qualifications:PhD [Biochemisty] Cambridge University, Fellow HEA
  • Position: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 and recent research projects include: 

Science and Arts conference 2023 (funded by Schering Stiftung)

RETHINK (https://www.rethinkscicomm.eu/), exploring digital media ecologies, new science communication actors and their practices. 

Science for Environment Policy (https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/index_en.htm) - staff within my research and practice group have run this service on behalf of DG Environment since 2007. 

I am co-author of three books:

Science & Theatre, communicating science and technology with performing arts: https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/doi/10.1108/9781800436404, co-authored with Carla Almeida, Fiocruz, Brazil

Creative Research Communication, https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719096518/ co-authored with Clare Wilkinson, UWE

Introducing Science Communication, https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/introducing-science-communication-9780230573864/ with Mark Brake.

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 supervise undergraduate project students. 

Recent PhD student completions

2022 David Judge, Rethinking transformative visitor experience in a science exhibition

2020 Elena Milani, exploring vaccines advocacy on social media

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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