Invited Speakers


Bruce Lewenstein, Cornell University, USA

Bruce Lewenstein is a professor of science communication at Cornell University. He is currently serving as chair of the Department of Science & Technology Studies. He is also a full member of the Department of Communication. Since 2014, he has been the Speaker of Cornell’s University Faculty Senate.
His projects—whether teaching, research, or public outreach—all involve public communication of science and technology (PCST), also known as “public understanding of science,” “popularization of science,” “popular science,” “vulgarisation” [in French], “divulgacion” [in Spanish], “culture scientifique” [French again], “apropiacion social” [Spanish again], “scientific temper” [written into the Indian constitution], etc.  In general, he tries to document to the ways that public communication of science is fundamental to the process of producing reliable knowledge about the natural world.

Joan Leach, The University of Queensland, Australia

Joan Leach (BA hons, BSc, MA, PhD) convenes the Science Communication Program at the University of Queensland and lectures in communication and rhetoric in the School of Communication and Arts. Her research centers on public engagement with science, medicine and technology and she has been active in the Australian government’s recent initiatives toward “Inspiring Australia.”
She is currently researching the role of popular science in the globalization of science since the 1960s, a project funded by the Australian Research Council. She has published extensively about science communication, including a 2012 book Rhetorical Questions of Health and Medicine, and was editor of the International journal, Social Epistemology from 1997-2010 and is now an executive editor at the journal. She held academic posts at the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and Imperial College London before moving to Brisbane in 2005. Joan has won numerous academic awards for her research and community engagement, including being a Science Journalism Laureate at Purdue University (USA). While remaining tansfixed by science, she advocates for better science communication which critically examines the social impacts of science, technology and biomedicine.

Stephan Russ-Mohl, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Stephan Russ-Mohl is full Professor of Journalism and Media Management at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano and Director of the European Journalism Observatory (
Born in 1950, in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, he studied Public Administration/Public Policy at the University of Konstanz and at Princeton University and completed his professional training in Journalism at the Deutsche Journalistenschule (German School of Journalism), Munich. He was Professor of Journalism and Media Management at the Institut für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin from 1985 to 2001. He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1989, at the European University Institute (Florence) in 1992 and at the Department of Communication, Stanford University in 1995, 1999 and 2008. He was Gutenberg Fellow at the Research Focus Media Convergence of the University of Mainz 2011/2012.

Ciler Dursun, Ankara University, Turkey

Çiler Dursun is a professor and chair at Ankara University Faculty of Communication Department of Journalism. She studies on science communication, science journalism and gender and science for the last decade.  Prof. Dursun has coordinated two national research projects funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey  (TUBITAK) between 2008-2013 on science communication in Turkey. These are the leading researches in this field and two researches have overall mapped the content producing of media, audience receptions and production process of science news in Turkey.
She is also scientific coordinator of Ankara University for a gender and science research of EU FP7 funded Project GENOVATE ( between 2013- 2016. Her recent interests are focused mainly on science and technology journalism, gender and science, media sociology and new media and self issues. She teaches Science Journalism courses at graduate programs of Ankara University and training national- local journalists for science journalism.

Owen Gaffney, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

Owen Gaffney is a writer. He is director of international media and strategy at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and director of communications for Future Earth, based at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a world-leading centre for resilience research. Future Earth coordinates global sustainability science internationally.
For a decade, Owen has worked in Earth system science communication as a writer, policy advisor and speaker. His work focuses on understanding, communicating and visualizing humanity’s impact on the planet through concepts such as the Anthropocene and planetary boundaries. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the BBC and the academic journals Science and Nature. His visualisations with Felix Pharand Deschenes have been shown at the UN Rio+20 Summit and the World Economic Forum, Davos.

Dietram Scheufele, The University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

Dietram A. Scheufele is a communication scholar and holds the the John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also has affiliated appointments in the Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the Communication Technologies Research Cluster, and the UW Center for European Studies. Prior to joining UW, Scheufele was a tenured faculty member and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at Cornell University.
He has published extensively in the areas of public opinion and political communication, including work on framing theory, participatory democracy and the spiral of silence. His more recent work deals with science communication and public attitudes toward emerging technologies, especially in the area of nanotechnology. Scheufele’s most-cited article, Framing as a theory of media effects, was published in 1999 in Journal of Communication and – with over 700 citations– is one of the most frequently cited articles in Journal of Communication since it was written. Scheufele is recipient of the Robert M. Worcester Award for best article of the year from the World Association for Public Opinion Research, the Young Scholar Award for outstanding early career research from the International Communication Association, the Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for outstanding achievement in teaching, research and public service from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Pound Research Award from the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.