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 aims to bridge the gap between the sciences and arts, that can benefit each other by providing inspiration, bringing new audiences to cultural events, pushing the boundaries of arts into new fields, while shining a critical lens on research. He aims to continue setting up projects that communicate science to 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 into business communication and entrepreneurship. He is looking for collaborations with researchers to develop research approaches that engage society throughout the whole research process.
Dr Duca is a member of local and international associations. Most prominently 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.
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
Dr Edward Duca is involved in several EU projects in science communication research and public engagement
STEAM is a Transcultural Science Communication Summer School funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. It has setup an intensive 10-day summer school in Science Communication for undergraduates, researchers, and educators. It is now starting a long-term national training in Malta tied with regular science communication event targeted towards adults and children. STEAM Transcultural Science Communication Summer School is organised by the University of Malta (lead), European Union of Science Journalists Associations, Haaga-Helia University, Rhine-Waal University, Science View, and University of Edinburgh. http://www.steamsummerschool.eu/
CREATIONS is a nearly 2 million Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to bring science creatively into schools using art to increase young peoples interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) . Its 16 partners are planning a variety of events with theatre, photography, exhibitions in which young people can experience an active and playful role within science and research. CREATIONS will establish a pan-European network of scientists, teachers, artists and students. The project was launched in October 2015 and runs for three years and is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework of the European Commission. http://creations-project.eu/
NUCLEUS is a four-year, four million, Horizon 2020 project started in october 2015 investigating how to make Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) a reality in universities and research institutions. What institutional barriers prevent these organisations from engaging with their stakeholders to align research with societys needs? How can these obstacles be overcome? NUCLEUS will implement new policies and programming in 30 international test sites to understand the DNA of RRI. This project has received funding from the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 664932. http://www.nucleus-project.eu