We are introducing the keynote speakers of the PCST 2020 Conference in Aberdeen through a series of blog posts. Our third profile is of Dr Marta Entradas, Principal Investigator at ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon, and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Marta studies ongoing changes in the culture of public communication of science at research universities and institutes, with a focus on international comparisons. Using cross-national data from studies in Europe, the USA and Asia, she investigates how institutions in different parts of the world respond to and engage in public communication.
Marta also conducts research on scientists’ practices and perceptions of public engagement, with a focus on specific scientific communities operating in different global regions. She was the 2016 winner of the European Young Researcher award (EYRA), presented by Euroscience.
At the conference
At the conference Marta will consider how scientific institutions’ policies and practices for public communication have been transforming and what factors lead some institutes to turn more to the public than others.
More about Marta
Why are you interested in the public communication of science and technology?
I think the strongest driver of my interest in studying relations between science and publics is a belief that science is for all, and all should have easy access to it. Helping make that possible gets me up every day.
Can you describe a particular moment or experience that has defined your connection with the public communication of science and technology? (personal or historical)
The first time I realised I wanted my career to focus on public communication of science was during a scientific oceanographic mission to the Azores islands during my masters to study an underwater volcanic eruption. I felt privileged to see and feel the wonders of science in action and wanted to help make these opportunities available to all.
How do you think the public communication of science and technology might or should change in the future?
I think we are in times of change at various levels – policy, resources, practices and academic; but this is not new. We have seen changes in the way science is communicated with the public ever since the field has existed. The future will obviously bring more changes but overall, I think science will continue opening up to all as more experts and professionals become involved and initiatives grow.
Have you ever visited Scotland before? What are you most excited to see or do?
I have been in Scotland before, but never to Aberdeen. I am looking forward to a proper Scotch Whisky experience in situ – after the conference! Or perhaps during… if the product is as good as they say!
We are looking forward to hearing from Marta at PCST 2020.
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