Anne M. Dijkstra


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Anne M. Dijkstra is an assistant professor in Science Communication in Twente. She studies the changing relationship between science and society and is involved in several international projects. She worked as a project manager and senior science communication advisor. As a volunteer, she organises meetings for the Science Café Deventer and a successful science-art festival ‘KOP-festival’.

Research interests

Anne M. Dijkstra, PhD (University of Twente)  studies the changing relationship between science, technology and society from a communication perspective. Her research focuses on the role of the public as well as the role of researchers in this relationship and is related to new and emerging technologies. Key words in her research are public engagement, science communication, responsible research and innovation, co-creation, governance, risk communication and risk governance.

In 2020, the book 'Science Communication. An Introduction' was published by World Scientific Publisher (Singapore/London). Anne Dijkstra was one of the editors and contributed as an author to several chapters. The text book is based on the Dutch book Wetenschapscommunicatie, een kennisbasis (2014). In 2013 Anne was a visiting researcher at Newcastle University and a visitor at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. In 2008 she defended her PhD dissertation with the title ‘Of publics and science. How publics engage with biotechnology and genomics’. Prior to her academic work she worked as a project manager and (science and risk) communication advisor.


Since 2014 Anne Dijkstra is coaching and supervising excellent master students in the Research Honours master programme at the University of Twente. In addition she is coordinator and lecturer at the Twente Graduate School. From 2008-2015 she was coordinator and lecturer at the track Science Communication of the master programme Science Education and Communication. She teaches various courses related to the science-society relationship. For example, courses about science communication, science journalism and responsible research and innovation


Currently, she is involved as a researcher in two EU projects. In ENJOI (No 101006407) the science-media relationship is analysed. ENJOI (Engagement and Journalism Innovation for Outstanding Open Science Communication) will explore and test ​engagement as a key asset of innovation in science communication distributed via media platforms, with a strong focus on journalism through a combination of methodologies and in collaboartion with producers, target users and stakeholders of science communication.

In RRI2SCALE (No 872526, 2020-2023) sustainable regional innovation is explored and fostered. RRI2SCALE stands for Responsible Research and Innovation Ecosystems at Regional Scale for Intelligent Cities, Transport and Energy.

The goal of the GoNano project (No 768622, 2017-2020, NMBP) was to improve the responsiveness of research and innovation processes to public values and concerns.  Thus, Governing Nanotechnologies through societal engagement

In the Horizon 2020 NUCLEUS project the relationship between research and society was analysed (No 664932, 2015-2019). NUCLEUS stands for New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions. This project aimed at analysing and facilitating the dialogue between science and society via the notions of Responsible Research and Innovation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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