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Anne 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, risk communication and risk governance.

In 2014, the Dutch book ‘Wetenschapscommunicatie, een kennisbasis’ was published by publisher BOOM-LEMMA. Anne Dijkstra was one of the editors and contributed as an author to several chapters. 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 has coached and supervised 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 has taught various courses related to the science-society relationship, for example about science communication, science journalism and informal science education.


Currently, she is involved as a researcher in two EU projects. The Horizon 2020 NUCLEUS project (No 664932, 2015-2019) stands for New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions. This project aims at analysing and facilitating the dialogue between science and society via the notions of Responsible Research and Innovation. The goal of the GoNano project (No 768622, 2017-2020, NMBP) is to improve the responsiveness of research and innovation processes to public values and concerns.  Thus, Governing Nanotechnologies through societal engagement.

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Research Output 2002 2019

Insights from China for a global perspective on a responsible science-society relationship

Dijkstra, A. & Yin, L., 2019, In : Cultures of Science. p. 67-76 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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social responsibility
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Practices of Responsible Research and Innovation: A Review

Schuijff, M. J. & Dijkstra, A., 16 Dec 2019, In : Science and engineering ethics. 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Putting responsible research and innovation into practice at a local level in South Africa

Haworth, P. S. & Dijkstra, A. M., 28 Nov 2019, Science Communication in South Africa: Reflections on Current Issues. Weingart, P., Joubert, M. & Falade, B. (eds.). Cape Town: African Minds, p. 45-72

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Revisiting public debate on Genetic Modification and Genetically Modified Organisms. Explanations for contemporary Dutch public attitudes

Hanssen, L., Dijkstra, A. M., Sleenhoff, S., Frewer, L. J. & Gutteling, J. M., 1 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Science Communication. 17, 4, A01.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
information-seeking behavior

Activities 1996 2018

Think Tank Event: Reconnecting the university to the region of Twente

Anne M. Dijkstra (Organiser), Paul Stephen Benneworth (Organiser)
28 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Round table session: Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation at universities. A cultural perspective

Anne M. Dijkstra (Speaker), Heather Doran (Speaker), Steven Miller (Speaker), Lin Yin (Speaker), Caitriona Mordan (Speaker)
4 Apr 20186 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Scientific knowledge and scientific literacy in relation to responsible innovation

Anne M. Dijkstra (Speaker)
17 Sep 201819 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

2018 Beijing Science Festival

Anne M. Dijkstra (Participant)
18 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

What role is there for science communication and engagement when fostering RRI?

Anne M. Dijkstra (Speaker)
4 Apr 20186 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media