Dr Edward Duca

Dr Edward Duca

Dr Edward Duca


Senior Lecturer

Room 300
Dar Guzeppi Zahra
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3451
Dr Edward Duca is a Science and Innovation Communication Lecturer at the University of Malta, co-runs the science communication STEAM Summer School, involved in several large EU funded projects, and has created and managed several science communication events through the NGO the Malta Chamber of Scientists. He is a PhD graduate in Genetics (University of Edinburgh) and a freelance science writer and communicator. He has written for several local and international organisations including The Times of Malta, Science and Nature.

In Malta, he founded Malta Cafe Scientifique, CineXjenza and Kids Dig Science, which are all part of the public outreach arm of the Malta Chamber of Scientists. By setting up the science and arts festival Science in the City (30,000 visitors per year), he wanted to bridge the gap between the sciences and arts to benefit each other by providing inspiration, bring new audiences to cultural events, push the boundaries of arts, while shining a critical lens on research. He aims to continue setting up projects that engage citizens to develop a culture of public engagement and research that benefits society.

His research interests include Innovation and Science Communication. Current research includes recommendations for improving science communication in Malta, evaluation of the impact of science communication activities on audiences, and the evaluation of the impact of large scale festivals. His lecturing portfolio covers a range of topics including science communication, public speaking and writing skills, and business communication and entrepreneurship. He is looking for collaborations with researchers to develop approaches that engage society throughout the whole research process.

Dr Duca is a member of local and international associations. Most prominently, he is secretary of the Malta Chamber of Scientists. He is also a member of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), ABSW (Association of British Science Writers), BIG (British Interactive Group), Euroscience, & PCST (Public Communication of Science & Technology). These associations include general science, science communication, and science writing societies.

Specialties: Science Communication practice & research, Innovation Communication, Responsible Research & Innovation, Science Writing, Project Management, Transdiciplinary Practice, Impact Evaluation, Genetics, Ideas, Editing.
  • Innovation Communication
  • Science communication
  • Science and Arts
  • STEAM Informal education
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Molecular genetics (previous)
  • RRI values and research impact
  • CPH3903 - Accessing, Evaluating and Reporting Scientific Data in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • DOC6008 - Research Impact: Involving stakeholders to improve funding sucess
  • DOC6011 - Communicating Research to Diverse Audiences
  • EDS5001 - Themes in Education 1
  • GSC5507 - Ocean Science Communication
  • LLI5009 - Subject-based Pedagogy and Methodology
  • MSS1008 - Science in the Community 1
  • MSS5002 - Resources for the Secondary Science Curriculum
  • PHB2505 - Science Communication
  • PHY3209 - Seminar
  • PHY3336 - Seminar

SciCulture is an Erasmus+ project (5 EU countries) centered around a 5-day course in

Science, Arts, and Entrepreneurship. It brings transdisciplinary teams together to empower

participants with the key skills needed to investigate issues like climate change, education

disparities and future cities. This project has been followed up with SciCultureD.


Varcities is a 10 million H2020 project led in Malta by Dr Daniel Micallef. Its vision

is to implement NBS and add value by establishing sustainable models for increasing

H&WB of citizens (children, young people, middle age, elderly). In Malta we want to

study traffic and air pollution in Rue D’Argens then design interventions to mitigate

them. Citizens, SMEs, government will be involved throughout the project life cycle.


The sister project of Varcities is JUSTNature with similar aims and objectives.

It wants to implement NBSs through the development of a City Learning Lab within Gzira.

Its aim is to enhance citizen engagement with research to mitigate traffic, air and noise

pollution, and the urban heat island effect.


SEA-EU is a large multidisciplinary Erasmus+ project (Key Action 3) linking together 9

universities. Project led in Malta by Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino. It seeks to establish

an international, pluri-ethnic, multilingual and interdisciplinary European University.

Science in the City—European Researchers’ Night (H2020 funded project) Festival that

attracts over 6% of the Maltese population.



STEAM was a Transcultural Science Communication Summer School (KA2, Erasmus+ funded).

It setup an intensive 10-day summer school in Science Communication for

undergraduates, researchers, and educators. Lead by UM & involving 6



CREATIONS was a 1.8 million Horizon 2020 funded project that took science creatively

into schools using arts to increase young peoples interest in STEM.


NUCLEUS was a four-year, four million, H2020 project trying to embed

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in universities. In Malta it resulted

in academic publications and the setting up of the Committee of Research Engagement.