Erinma Ochu

Lecturer in England, United Kingdom

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I specialise in curating immersive learning environments that embrace trans-disciplinary and collaborative inquiry through creative practice e.g. games, films, AR, that explore how the environment and health interact in cities. My public and digital experiments have been covered by The Guardian, New York Times, Daily Mail, Lancet and Al-Jazheera.

As a Lecturer at The University of Salford, I set up and teach on our MSc Science Communication & Future Media as part of The Scicomm Space.

Trained originally as a neuroscientist at The University of Manchester, I pursued an interest in art-science practices through digital filmmaking on a NESTA fellowship. I went on to produce films and installations at B3 Media as an EAVE producer.

As a creative consultant to Creative Partnerships, I nurtured creative approaches to science in schools, mentoring artists and teachers to collaborate and champion creativity across the curriculum. Within higher education and working with museums and NGOs, I advised and led on social change initiatives, Manchester Beacon, Engage, Catalyst & Turing's Sunflowers.

For three years I have curated DocFest Exchange, a public platform of art-science talks, events and alternate reality exhibits at the heart of Sheffield International Documentary Festival. This is funded by Wellcome and focuses this year around the theme, Planetary Health.

I've benefited from fellowships from Wellcome and Jerwood/ Manchester International Festival. In 2018 I was in residence at The Stuart Hall Library with Ghana-based curator Bianca Manu and artist and designer, Caroline Ward to consolidate critical, global and political perspectives to my work.

I have written journal articles and contributed to books, EU and UK policy and given keynote talks and devised research workshops to foster interdisciplinarity. My research, engagement and cultural activities have been funded by NERC, EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC and commissions from Wellcome Collection, Festivals and Industry.

I am co-founder of Squirrel Nation, trustee of

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    • University of Salford