Hiroshima University is a vibrant community of international scholars pursing peace through education and research in all subjects with unwavering intellectual curiosity. Science Communication activities advance the university’s mission by making our new discoveries and results publicly accessible and inviting anyone to join our digital community. The Research Planning Office began publishing news updates from Hiroshima University scientific laboratories in November 2014. Since then, the university has hired professional science communicators to ensure the international public has easy access to news about the university's research accomplishments. The Science Communication Fellowship program began in February 2016 and continues to employ new, full-time science communicators on the Higashi-Hiroshima campus. A brief job description is below.
The Science Communication Fellow writes science news and feature articles in English to be published online. Tasks include conducting interviews and taking photos for content creation. Other responsibilities include updating the website and other social media. In addition, the Fellow seeks out potential research news stories from faculty members. Strong writing and speaking skills in English are essential, particularly the ability to compose clear, graceful, powerful prose on scientific research.
Candidates eligible for the Fellowship: Students, recent graduates, and young professionals who have a degree in science communications, journalism, or science
Meet the Fellows!
Introductions to our current and former Science Communication Fellows are listed below. If you wish to connect with them for professional purposes, please first use the Contact Us information on this website.
Margaux Phares (January 2018 - Present)
One flight, one very long car ride, and one rickety boat trip later, Margaux arrived at a tiny research station island in the Atlantic. She was far from the mountains of Colorado, bitter neighbors New York and New Jersey, and innocuous suburbs of northern Illinois that punctuated her somewhat nomadic youth. Here, among the coral, rays (sun and marine life) and mangrove forests, she was immediately drawn to the life sciences. In the great snowy north at the University of Minnesota, she took her B.S. in Biology. While working underground in neuroscience laboratories and above ground in emergency medicine, she developed a sharp appreciation for the intersections of science and society. Pursuing science communication made sense, and so she took up her Master’s in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Next, she wrote for the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. In between meeting scientists from all over the world, curating an exhibition combining science and art, and going to science slams, she grew especially interested in one question: How do different corners of the world communicate science? Next thing, she was moving to Japan. She looks forward to eating lots of okonomiyaki, immersing herself in the music and scicomm scenes of east Asia, and probing the stories of science within Hiroshima University.
Richard J. O'Connor (January 2017 - December 2017)
Richard hails from the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. A former architect, he is now pursuing a career in science journalism. He completed a Masters in journalism at Ulster University in 2015 and then spent 1.5 years working at the BBC producing news and current affairs radio shows before arriving in Hiroshima. Having a lifelong interest in science and nature and a love of globetrotting, Richard could not believe his luck when he was chosen as the 2017 Fellow. He hopes to use the opportunity to deepen his understanding of the sciences, develop his writing technique, experiment with video and make connections in the growing field of science communications.
Caitlin E. Devor (February 2016 - November 2016)
Caitlin is a science communicator originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and a former member of Australia’s Science Circus, where she regularly held fire in her hands, safely with science. She studied biology at Allegheny College and earned a M.S. in Science Communication from Australian National University. Caitlin was Hiroshima University’s first science communicator and the first international staff member of the Research Planning Office. While at Hiroshima University, she uncovered science news stories that led to international media coverage in outlets including US News & World Report, Popular Science, The Atlantic, and others. The passion, integrity, and diverse interests of Hiroshima University’s academic community quickly became obvious during her interviews with faculty members and students. A highlight of her time at Hiroshima University was meeting the other members of Japan’s tight-knit science communication community at universities across the country. To find more of Caitlin’s professional work, please visit her personal portfolio website: caitlinedevor.strikingly.com
For more information about professional science communication networks in Japan, please visit the websites at the links below. Please note that Hiroshima University is in no way responsible for the content or integrity of these links. Questions about these organizations should be sent directly to them.
Japanese Association for Science Communication
Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists (Please note that information is available only in Japanese.)