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Dr. Luisa Massarani
Dr. Luisa Massarani is the Director of RedPOP, the network for science communication in Latin America and the Caribbean, for the period of 2014-2017. Since 2003, she has been the Latin American Co-ordinator of SciDev.Net (www.scidev.net), a gateway based in London aimed at science and development in developing countries. Dr. Massarani has worked on research, teaching and practice in Public Communication of Science and Technology, since 1987. She is based at the Museum of Life (www.museudavida.fiocruz.br), a hands on science museum in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) linked to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a key health research institution in Latin America, linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
During her tenure as the Director of the Museum of Life for four years (2009-2013), Dr. Massarani was able to increase by 30% the number of visitors to the museum, triple the number of visitors of short term and itinerant exhibitions, produced 13 exhibitions and 15 books for different publics, launched four Theater plays and launched the Program for Public Communication of Science and Technology, for undergraduate students.
Dr. Massarani has a background in Communication, with a Master’s in Science Information (1998) and a PhD in Biochemistry, in the field of Science Education, Management and Dissemination (2001), both attained at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a post-doctorate in Science and Technology Studies, from the University College London. She is the Co-ordinator of the new Master’s Degree Course on Science, Technology and Health Communication, hosted by Fiocruz, in collaboration with the Cecierj Foundation, Museum of Astronomy and Related Science and the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro.
Dr. Massarani is a visiting researcher of the Free-Choice Learning Lab, Oregon State University (US). She is an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University College London. She is a Productivity Fellow of the Brazilian Council for Science and Technology and a member of the scientific committee of the PCST Network, the international network for Public Communication of Science and Technology.
Dr. Massarani has published about 70 papers in scientific journals; and organized about 30 publications on science communication, as well as about 400 stories in newspapers, magazines and websites (including SciDev.Net, Nature, Chemistry World, the Mexican Cómo ves? and the Brazilian Folha de São Paulo). She is a recipient of the prestigious Mercosul Award for Science and Technology in 2014.