Erinma Ochu

neuroscientist in London, UK

Erinma Ochu

neuroscientist in London, UK

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Erinma is a storyteller and neuroscientist working at the intersection of the arts, emerging technologies and immersive media in the iSchool at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Erinma is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Communications and on research leave from Sept 2021 until Jul 2021.

They are founder of #OpenLight, a climate and culture platform for collaborative inquiry emerging from knowledge exchange with culturally diverse artists and cultural entrepreneurs, experimenting with emerging technologies for Worldmaking. #OpenLight is funded by Wellcome and NERC.

This transdisciplinary research is concerned with inventing immersive and interactive life forms, working with artists, scientists, technologists and the public, to develop new cultural literacies to thrive in a warming world.

This work seeks to decolonise neuroscience and biology en route, drawing on queer and black feminist epistemologies.

Erinma gained a PhD in Applied Neuroscience from The University of Manchester then trained and worked in story development, film production and distribution as EAVE graduate at B3 Media setting up their shorts to feature programme, which continues today.

They have led, collaborated on and acted as critical friend on a range of culture change public research initiatives including the Creative People and Places (ACE), Beacons for Public Engagement (HEFCE/RCUK), and most recently Engaging Environments (NERC), an environmental justice initiative on which Erinma is storytelling lead.

Erinma leads on the AI and arts practice element of Patterns In Practice, a study focused on examining the values, beliefs and cultures where machine learning is employed in cheminformatics, higher education and arts practice.

Erinma is co-founder of Squirrel Nation and visiting racial justice fellow at The Ada Lovelace Institute, critiquing the ethics of AI informed by Sylvia Wynter’s ‘The Ceremony Must be Found, After Humanism’.

Squirrel Nation were Manchester International Fellows in 2017/18 and in residence with INIVA/ Stuart Hall Library. Squirrel Nation were invited jury members presiding over the 2021 Neuhaus Institute Open Fellowships.

Erinma served as interim chair on BBSRC's Science In Society Panel, as co-chair of UKRI's Citizen Science programme and is a current steering group member to MMU's Network for Research Race and Racism.

As a prior artist fellow at INIVA/ Stuart Hall Foundation, Erinma is an alumni of the Stuart Hall Scholars and Artists' network.

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