Jessica Norberto Rocha, PhD (Brazil)
Brazilian researcher in inclusive science communication at Cecierj Foundation (Foundation Science Centre and Higher Distance Education of the State of Rio de Janeiro). Coordinator of the research group Accessible Science Museums and Centres (Grupo MCCAC).
Professor at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) at the Doctorate and Master programs in Bioscience and Health Education and the Masters in Science, Technology and Health Communication. Ph.D. in Education from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a Master's Degree in Scientific and Cultural Communication from the University of Campinas (Unicamp).
Marlit Hayslett, PhD
Marlit Hayslett, PhD, coaches scientists and scholars to communicate their research and discoveries with excitement and impact.
Over the last decade, she has coached hundreds of researchers how to explain complex information clearly to achieve their desired outcomes. After over 20 years in higher education, Marlit transitioned from academia to entrepreneurship and opened her own communications practice, Hayslett Consulting, LLC. She has served on the Scientific Committee of the PCST since 2021.
Amanda Webber, PhD
Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the Science Communication Unit at UWE Bristol, UK. She is interested in exploring how we can best communicate conservation and environmental science.
Her previous research has focussed on understanding people’s perceptions and values, alongside the historical and cultural context, to ensure effective engagement. This has largely been at sites of conservation interest, but Amanda was also part of the VIP-CLEAR team, examining children's experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She has a PhD in Anthropology and is currently the programme leader for UWE’s MSc Science Communication. This is her first PCST conference and she is looking forward to being part of the VOICE curation team.
Marjoleine van der Meij, PhD
Marjoleine is an assistant professor in Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam.
Her research centers around playfulness, creativity and design thinking in the facilitation and scaffolding of system transformation in (governance of) research and innovation, urban and landscape design, food systems and healthcare. In those contexts, she operates as a designer, facilitator and investigator of citizen and multi-actor dialogue, deliberation, (translocal) learning, (frame) reflection, and co-creation processes. She also trains and supports other professionals to do similar transformation and research work, by means of knowledge exchange processes and tools. Marjoleine has a (secret) passion for science centres and museums, especially due to their great potential as interfaces where science, technology and society can interact in transformative ways, for which science museum professionals are her favourite partners to collaborate with.
Jane Thomas joined the Australian National Environmental Science Program in 2017 as the science communicator for one of their research hubs, moving to Darwin after more than a decade working in the USA.
She delivers applied science outcomes to inform policy and planning. On any given day, she can be found helping develop research programs, engaging stakeholders on their needs, consulting research users, designing conceptual diagrams, maps and infographics, writing articles, and planning events. She loves northern Australia for its spectacular natural environment and extraordinary culture. A marine biologist at heart, she even loves the large scaly reptiles that prevent her from snorkelling on the coral and seagrass beds of the Timor Sea. This is her first PCST conference and she’s looking forward to engaging with the conference through being a sub-theme curator.
Baiba Prūse currently works at Athena Institute VU, the Netherlands where her work involves discussions regarding public engagement in research, food system and local ecological knowledge aspects.
She is also a coach at the course on interdisciplinary community service learning and is eagerly following the student knowledge exchange on the course topics. Collaboration is the motto of Baiba’s approach to life and this process is directly reflecting in her work, see for the reference - a post at the The Nature of Cities Festival homepage regarding co-creation of sustainability.
Samantha Vilkins is a Research Associate at QUT's Digital Media Research Centre, working on an Australian Government funded project "Determining the Drivers and Dynamics of Partisanship and Polarisation in Online Public Debate".
Drawing on a background in mathematics and an ungodly fascination with bureaucracy, her previous research at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science focused on the uses of statistics in political rhetoric and public debate in Australia. Her visual design work has been on display at the National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia, and was part of the Science Gallery Melbourne's 2018 PERFECTION exhibit.
Nikola Vildová is a master’s student of Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University where she is currently pursuing a specialization in Science Communication & Society to learn the ins and outs of connecting the public with the world of science.
Her research internship revolves around exploring the global perspective on the science communication inclusive practices, which aligns with the subtheme of inclusiveness of PCST. She has taken up the opportunity to contribute to the conference as one of the curators and is excited to attend and learn more about the field of science communication.
Éva Kalmár, PhD
Éva Kalmár is an assistant professor in the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. As a biologist and a science communication professional, she is interested in the communication processes embedded in scientific or technology-related collaborations that include various stakeholders.
Although the formation of such transdisciplinary coalitions may sounds straightforward since we all tend to think that we know what collaboration is or means, the success of these alliances is not in all cases guaranteed as well as the deployment of science communication processes. She thinks, that next to the technology readiness levels, collaboration readiness levels of research teams, organizations or companies can be measured and needs to be used within innovation processes. She claims that Science Communication should be a transdisciplinary approach, involving all kinds of stakeholders, and the field could learn a lot from the participatory co-design practices of other fields, such as Architecture. She is also interested in the ideas represented in the infrastructure school of Open Science movement.