Luisa Medeiros Massarani


Luisa Medeiros Massarani has a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (1987), a master’s in Information Science from the Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (1998), and a PhD in Bioscience Education, Management, and Diffusion from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2001). She conducted doctoral research under a CAPES grant at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London (UCL) and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCL (2013) and Oregon State University (2016). She has done practical work and research in the public communication of science since 1987. She now works at the Center for Studies in the Public Communication of Science at the Museum of Life, a division of the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz. She is an honorary Research Associate with the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies. She serves as coordinator of the National Institute of Public Communication in Science and Technology and leads the CNPq Research Group on Science, Communication, and Society. She has published some 80 papers on the public communication of science and technology. She is a member of the Science Committee of the international Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST Network); coordinator of SciDev.Net ( for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Executive Director of RedPOP, a UNESCO-sponsored network that works to engage the public in science and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a CNPq Research Fellowship, level 1C - CA DC - Public Communication of Science, and has a Scientist of Our State grant through the Rio de Janeiro state funding agency, FAPERJ. In 2014, she received the Mercosur Science and Technology Award in the category Integration, as group leader, and in 2016 she was awarded the José Reis Science Communication Award. Her research interests focus primarily on historical and contemporary facets of the public communication of science; science in the media; and the public perception of science.

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Selected Publications:

MASSARANI, Luisa; MOREIRA, Ildeu. Science communication in Brazil: A historical review and considerations about the current situationAnais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 88, p. 1577-1595, 2016.

FERNANDEZ, Ernesto; BELLO, Alessandro; MASSARANI, Luisa. Políticas públicas e instrumentos para el desarrollo de la cultura científica en América Latina. 1. ed. Montevideu: Unesco, 2016.

MASSARANI, Luisa; PETERS, Hans Peter. Scientists in the public sphere: Interactions of scientists and journalists in BrazilAnais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 88, p. 1165-1175, 2016.

ALMEIDA, Carla; MASSARANI, Luisa; MOREIRA, Ildeu. Representations of Science and Technology in Cordel LiteratureBakhtiniana: Revista de Estudos do Discurso, v. 11, p. 5-25, 2016.

BRASIL, Vanessa; MASSARANI, Luisa; RAMALHO, Marina; MALCHER, Maria Ataíde; AMORIM, Luis; NEVES, Rosicler. A ciência e a tecnologia na TV brasileira: uma análise da programação da TV GloboGaláxia (PUCSP), v. 33, p. 184-198, 2016.

MASSARANI, Luisa; REYNOSO, Elaine; MURIELLO, Sandra; CASTILLO, Ayelen. Science Communication postgraduate studies in Latin America: A map and some food for thoughtJCOM, Journal of Science Communication, v. 15, p. A03, 2016.

ALMEIDA, Carla; MASSARANI, Luisa; MOREIRA, Ildeu. Perceptions of Brazilian small-scale farmers about genetically modified crops.Ambiente & Sociedade (Online), v. 18, p. 193-210, 2015.

ANTUNES, Anderson; MOREIRA, Ildeu de Castro; MASSARANI, Luisa. O descanso dos naturalistas: uma análise de cenas na iconografia oitocentistaHistória, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos, v. 22, p. 1051-1066, 2015.

BRASIL, Vanessa; MASSARANI, Luisa; SEIXAS, N. The science coverage in three newspapers of Para: a longitudinal studyIntercom (São Paulo, Online), v. 38, p. 207-230, 2015.

CARLETTI, Chrystian, MASSARANI, Luisa. Explainers of science centres and museums: a study on these stakeholders in the mediation between science and the public in BrazilJCOM, Journal of Science Communication, v. 14, p. A02-A02, 2015. 

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