13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference

5-8 MAY, 2014


Alfredo Wagner Berno de Almeida

 Alfredo Wagner (Ph.D., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) is currently an associate professor at the State University of Amazonas (UEA) and a researcher in the Centre of Studies in Humid Tropics (CESTU). He works primarily in the following areas: traditional villages, ethnicity, conflicts, social movements, territorialization processes, and social mapping in the Amazon.

Alan Irwin

Alan Irwin (Ph.D., University of Manchester) has been Dean of Research at Copenhagen Business School since 2007. He was also Acting President of CBS during 2011, and has published on issues of science and technology policy, scientific governance, risk, and science-public relations. He is currently a member of the Strategy Advisory Board for the UK Global Food Security Programme and a visiting professor at the Department of Management at the University of Glasgow.

Claudia Aguirre

Claudia Aguirre (M.S., Centre Scientifique d’Orsay at Paris XI University; École Normale Supérieure de Cachan). She currently works as Director of Education and Contents in Parque Explora, Medellin, Colombia. Claudia’s research has focused on science popularization and on the history of science  communication.

Dominique Brossard

Dominique Brossard (Ph.D., Cornell University) is a professor and the Chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she leads the Science, Media, and the Public (SCIMEP) research lab. A Kavli Foundation “Frontiers of Science” fellow, her research focuses on the intersection between science, media, and public policy in online environments for controversial issues, including biotechnology, stem cell research, nanotechnology, and nuclear energy. Follow her work on Twitter (@brossardd).

Elizabeth Rasekoala


Elizabeth Rasekoala is the founder and executive director of the African-Caribbean Network for Science & Technology (ACNST), an NGO working to advance human capital development, race and gender equality, and social inclusion in the scientific enterprise, in the African Diaspora and on the African continent. She is also a founding member of SET4Women, the South African Government Reference Group on Gender, Science and Technology, and has worked to advance the inclusion of climate change issues in science communication discourses.

Ildeu de Castro Moreira

Ildeu Moreira is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). For nine years, he was the director of the Department of Popularization and Diffusion of Science and Technology at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and was responsible for a national program on science communication, which supports research in the field and its practice. In 2013, he was awarded the José Reis Prize, a national award for science communication.

Michael John Gorman

Michael Gorman is the CEO of Science Gallery International and Adjunct Professor of Creative Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. He has international experience in public engagement with science and technology, and has created and developed public exhibitions and events in the United States, Europe, and Ireland. He has published on the relationship between science and the arts in journals including Leonardo and Nature and is the author of several books, including Buckminster fuller: Designing for mobility.

Mohammed Yahia

Mohammed Yahia is the launch editor of Nature Middle East, an online portal of the science magazine, Nature, which focuses on science-related news from the Arab world. He was the Middle East and North Africa region coordinator for the online portal SciDev.Net and has worked on raising the profile of science and science journalism in the Middle East.

Nana Dakin

Nana Dakin is theatre director and performer. Prior to moving to Bangkok in 2007, she earned her Liberal Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College (NY). Her directorial debut was performed at the WOW Cafe Theater in New York in 2006. Besides directing, she has performed in numerous B-Floor productions both in Thailand and abroad. In January 2013, she co-directed “Survival games” with Teerawat Mulvilai as part of the Art in Global Health project by the Wellcome Collection (UK).

Susanna Priest

Susanna Priest (Ph.D., University of Washington) is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Washington. She has developed academic programs in science communication at Texas A&M University and George Mason University, and has taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the editor of the journal Science Communication and compiled the Encyclopedia of Science Communication (Sage, 2010). She has also written books on communication issues surrounding biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Yurij Castelfranchi


Yurij Castelfranchi (Ph.D., State University of Campinas) is currently a professor of Sociology at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He was a researcher at the Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism (Labjor-Unicamp) and vice-director of Journal of Science Communication (JCOM). He has worked as a journalist and columnist in newspapers, radio
and television, and is the author of popular science books (about AI, GMOs, the Amazon and the history of Earth).