Engagement Consultants

Lise Bitsch

Lise Bitsch

Lise Bitsch, PhD., is a senior Project Manager at the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT), manager for the “Ethics and Society” sub-project in the EU flagship Human Brain Project, and coordinator of the EU co-creation project GoNano (Governing Nanotechnologies through societal engagement). She has a background in Science and Technology Studies (STS). At the DBT, Lise is the team lead for the Foundation’s activities on engagements with publics as well as professional stakeholders. Among other activities she has led public engagement efforts on data protection and privay in research projects with lay participants from across eight countries, and workshops with social scientists, ethicist and legal experts on data protection, dual use and AI.

Jayatri Das

Jayatri Das

Jayatri Das is Director of Science Content and Chief Bioscientist at The Franklin Institute and an invited Fellow of the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania. She has led development of the Institute’s two newest permanent exhibitions—Your Brain, a national award-winning exhibit about the neuroscience and psychology of the human brain, and SportsZone—and directs various programming initiatives to advance informal science education about areas of emerging science and their societal impact. She also serves as an advisor to the National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network. In 2016, she was honored with the American Alliance of Museums’ Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence.

Lars Klüver

Lars Klüver

Lars Klüver is director at the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (Fonden Teknologirådet, DBT). He has more than 30 years of experience in technology assessment (TA), foresight and Responsible Research and Innovation. His main focus has been on providing policy advice and solutions to societal challenges through engagement involving representatives from societal groups, such as experts, stakeholders, politicians, citizens, users, etc. The DBT has been a front-runner within policy analysis that involves interactivity and participation, and the toolbox of the DBT includes a wide range of methods, which have been developed or adapted to policy-oriented Technology Assessment by the Board. Lars Klüver has been active in policy analysis and participation research, for example as coordinator of the EUROPTA, CIVISTI, DESSI, PACITA, Engage2020, CIMULACT and ECO2 projects, and he was the initiator of the “World Wide Views” initiative – a global citizen participation method, which has engaged more than 80 countries and is directed towards policymaking across geographic borders. Lars is leading the Stakeholder and Citizen Engagement activities in the Ethics and Society sub-project of the Human Brain Project.

Darrell Porcello

Darrell Porcello

Dr. Darrell Porcello received his PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. Dr. Porcello manages, designs, and finds funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education projects. Currently, he is Co-Investigator of a NASA Science Mission Directorate funded Earth and space science public engagement project of the (U.S.) National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network and coordinates efforts at the Children’s Creativity Museum (CCM) in San Francisco and other U.S. museum partners. He is part of the team responsible for the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition and the Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit, reaching hundreds of museum partner and millions of visitors throughout the U.S. He also works closely with early education specials at CCM to bring new STEM education partnerships and opportunities to the museum in line with its creativity-focused public programming. In his previous role of Chief Technology Officer at University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS), he grew a small multimedia service group into a successful production house for independent educational technology products with significant impact and millions of active users. He co-founded the popular howtosmile.org digital library, which has offered a robust catalog of high quality & open STEM hands-on activities and value-added services for science museums, afterschool programs, homeschoolers, and other informal science and math education professionals for almost 10 years. He also led development of popular apps at LHS funded by NIH, NSF, and NASA including DIY Sun Science, DIY Human Body, and I Got This: An Interactive Story.

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith is the Director of Public Engagement with Science at The Kavli Foundation. In this role, she works to strengthen the field of public engagement with science and science communications. Brooke is passionate about scientists engaging with publics, and ensuring those who enable scientists to communicate and engage are supported to do so effectively. Brooke’s expertise and experience are rooted in science, science communication, public engagement of science, public policy, journalism, organizational leadership, and fundraising.  Until late 2016, Brooke served as the inaugural Executive Director of COMPASS, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to empowering scientists to be effective communicators and to engage in the public discourse about the environment. Her experiences stem from work in the federal government, as a consultant to federal agencies, as a University-based communication professional, and in the non-profit sector. Brooke frequently writes and speaks about state and future of the public engagement with science field. She has an M.S. from Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Brooke serves on the National Caucus for Environmental Legislators Board of Directors, the National Academy of Science’s LabX Advisory Board. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on the Public Interfaces of Life Sciences, served on the National Board of Directors for the Surfrider Foundation and Portland’s Forest Park Conservancy, and was a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow.