Who I am
I am a 28 year old PhD student in science communication and science education based at
the Institute for Basic Medical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine, University of OsloI’m half Norwegian and half English, having lived 20 years in England and 8 in Norway.
* Science journalism
* Science education (project "Genes in the media" at Ullern high school. See FILM adapted for english).
* Health communication
* Public understanding of genetics
* Making science accessible for youngsters
Science in Natural Sciences (Biology, Anthropology & Philosophy),
Oslo scientists have found the media gene. Feature in the University Science Magazine Apollon 4/2008
Carver, R., Waldahl, R. & Breivik, J. (2008) Frame that gene: A tool for analyzing and classifying the communication of genetics to the public.
EMBO reports vol 9, no.10, 2008
Carver (2008) Levende kommunikasjon. Journalen 3 (a review of Magne Nylenna’s book Publisere & Presentere for the Oslo Medical Association)
Widening access An investigative feature about the pros and cons of open access publishing, Guardian Unlimited 2004.Big future for nanotechnology A news feature discussing the status of nanotechnology research in
Above: Explaining the chemistry of nappies at the Oslo Summer School 2008
Other interestsOpera, piano, singing, classical guitar, exploring nature, hiking, skiing, evolutionary
anthropology, popular science books, fine teas, old architecture.
I also work for Forskerfabrikken and SciLab - initiatives that make science fun for kids!
Other responsibilities ("verv"):
In the spring of 2008 I started up the IMB PhD Forum for all the doctoral students at
Institute for Basic Medical Research, together with Cecilie Morland (joint leader).
I helped organize two symposias on the theme of COMMUNICATING SCIENCE and
YOUR PhD AND THE ROAD AHEAD
Summer 2008 I left the IMB PhD Forum in the hands of a great bunch of people and joined
UiODoc; a forum for temporary employees
I’m also a member of
Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders/ Leger uten Grenser) since 2004
Windsurfing Society, University of Oslo, since summer 2009
How do scientists, journalists and the public talk about genetics? Conference talk, Man and her Genes, Oslo November 2008.
communication research in practice" Presentation of recent article to the
science education community at the Natural Sciences Education Centre (Naturfagsenteret),
communication for health specialists" Lecture given to Master students in
health sciences at Høgskolen i Akershus, May 2007 & May
"Framing the Gene" - Presentation of project at the Rdid (RealfagDidaktikk) Phd school in science education, Fredrikstad, November 2007
"Framing the Gene" - Presentation of project at Gøteborg Centre for Public Learning and Understanding of Science (GC+ Centre), Gøteborg-Chalmers University November 2007
"Gene discourse" Imperial College London; Science and the Public Postgraduate conference May 2007
Photo: mountain cross-country skiing from Hallingskeid to Kaldevasshytta, with Fjellgruppa March 2009