HSRW, Rhine-Waal University

Being one of the youngest universities and most international HEIs in Europe, Rhine-Waal fully embraces the opportunity to approach research and teaching from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective. Evaluation methodologies and politically contested science issues such as Climate Change, are focus areas in both research and practice of the science communication group at HSRW. This includes the coordination of the SwafS project “NUCLEUS”. The group furthermore undertakes research in the area of Sustainability Communication. A 3-year Science Communication degree programme, offered at Rhine-Waal, includes Europe’s only dedicated half-year module on “Sustainability Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility in Science”. Another focus of the science communication group are socio-political aspects of science and innovation, especially regulatory issues of e.g. toxicology, such as participatory approaches to technology assessment, and the evaluation of formal public engagement activities, leading into the field of upstream engagement and co-creation for both the development and the regulation of technology-driven innovation.

Alexander Gerber

Prof. Alexander Gerber, born in 1973 in Frankfurt (DE) holds 25 years’ experience in science communication scholarship and practise. Professor Gerber has been Course Director of Science Communication at Rhine-Waal University since 2014. His research focus is on social innovation, science communication research and policy. Besides his academic work, he is also an entrepreneur, founded several companies, one of which is now Europe’s largest extramural research facility for innovation communication (inscico). Prof. Gerber is an elected member to the World Association for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) and serves on a number of international Advisory Boards.