Erinma Ochu

Lecturer in England, United Kingdom

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I am a Lecturer in Open Science and Storytelling at The University of Salford, UK. Here, I set up and teach on our cross-disciplinary MSc in Science Communication and Future Media as part of The Scicomm Space.

I trained originally as a neuroscientist gaining a PhD from The University of Manchester. Following a NESTA science and storytelling fellowship, I went on to work in the film industry as a talent executive for B3 Media.

As a creative consultant to Arts Council learning initiative, Creative Partnerships, I went on to support 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 devised, delivered and facilitated social change initiatives, including Manchester Beacon, Engage and Catalyst and Turing's Sunflowers. This encouraged public engagement with research, cross-disciplinary collaborations and social innovation.

Now I specialise in devising immersive learning environments that embrace art-science inquiry and community-led initiatives that respond creatively to social and environmental change. An award winning endeavour here, includes the Recycled Robot Orchestra, devised with Engineer, Professor Danielle George and created by young makers, engineers and musicians.

For the last 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.

I am fortunate to have developed my interests through fellowships from Wellcome and Jerwood/ Manchester International Festival. This year I was in residence at The Stuart Hall Library with curator Bianca Manu and artist, Caroline Ward.

I am trustee of Invisible Dust and Critical Friend to Creative Scene.

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    • University of Salford