Dr Edward Duca is a Science and Innovation Communication Lecturer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation at the University of Malta. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the research magazine Think that has reached over four million online views. He is a PhD graduate in Genetics (University of Edinburgh) and a freelance science writer, editor 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, public perception of novel food technology 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.
Science and Arts
STEAM Informal education
Molecular genetics (previous)
RRI values and research impact
LEVIKOV, N., QUACINELLA, D. and DUCA, E., 2020. Embedding RRI in a Higher Education Institution: Lessons learned from Malta. International Journal of Higher Education Management, 7(1),.
DUCA, E., 2016. Improving Health and Science Communication For The Maltese Islands. Malta Journal of Health Sciences, 3(2), pp. 66-70.
RAO, S.G., JANISZEWSKI, M.M., DUCA, E., NELSON, B., ABHINAV, K., PANAGAKOU, I., VASS, S. and HECK, M.M., 2015. Invadolysin acts genetically via the SAGA complex to modulate chromosome structure. Nucleic acids research, 43(7), pp. 3546-3562.
CASHA, A.R., MANCHE, A., GATT, R., DUCA, E., GAUCI, M., SCHEMBRI-WISMAYER, P., CAMILLERI-PODESTA, M.T. and GRIMA, J.N., 2014. Mechanism of sternotomy dehiscence. Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, 19(4), pp. 617-621.
DI CARA, F., DUCA, E., DUNBAR, D.R., CAGNEY, G. and HECK, M.M., 2013. Invadolysin, a conserved lipid-droplet-associated metalloproteinase, is required for mitochondrial function in Drosophila. Journal of cell science, 126(Pt 20), pp. 4769-4781.
COBBE, N., MARSHALL, K.M., GURURAJA RAO, S., CHANG, C.W., DI CARA, F., DUCA, E., VASS, S., KASSAN, A. and HECK, M.M., 2009. The conserved metalloprotease invadolysin localizes to the surface of lipid droplets. Journal of cell science, 122(Pt 18), pp. 3414-3423.
DOC6011 - Communicating Research to Diverse Audiences
EBI3085 - Entrepreneurship: Start-up your Innovative Business
Dr Edward Duca is involved in several EU projects in science communication research and public engagement:
SciCulture is an Erasmus+ project (5 EU countries) that is centered around a 5-day intensive course in Science, Arts, and Entrepreneurship. It brings multidisciplinary teams together to empower participants with the key skills needed to investigate issues like climate change, immigration, education disparities and future cities. The course focuses on meaningful outcomes that benefit communities by adopting co-creation and student-led design. https://sciculture.eu/about-sciculture/
Varcities (Visionary Nature Based Actions for Health, Wellbeing & Resilience in Cities) is a ten million H2020 project that is 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 these issues. Citizens, SMEs, government will be involved throughout the project life cycle.
SEA-EU is a large multidisciplinary Erasmus+ project (Key Action 3) linking together 6 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. https://scienceinthecity.org.mt/
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. It was lead by UM and involved 6 institutions. http://www.steamsummerschool.eu/
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. http://creations-project.eu/
NUCLEUS was a four-year, four million, H2020 project investigating how to make Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) a reality in universities and research institutions. In Malta it resulted in academic publications and the setting up of the Committee of Research Engagement and the UM. http://www.nucleus-project.eu