dr. A.M. Dijkstra (Anne)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Anne Dijkstra is an assistant professor in Science Communication in Twente. She studies the changing relationship between science and society and is involved in several international projects. She worked as a project manager and senior science communication advisor. As a volunteer, she organises meetings for the Science Café Deventer and a successful science-art festival ‘KOP-festival’.


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Anne M. Dijkstra, PhD (University of Twente)  studies the changing relationship between science, technology and society from a communication perspective. Her research focuses on the role of the public as well as the role of researchers in this relationship and is related to new and emerging technologies. Key words in her research are public engagement, science communication, responsible research and innovation, co-creation, governance, risk communication and risk governance.

In 2020, the book 'Science Communication. An Introduction' was published by World Scientific Publisher (Singapore/London). Anne Dijkstra was one of the editors and contributed as an author to several chapters. The text book is based on the Dutch book Wetenschapscommunicatie, een kennisbasis (2014). In 2013 Anne was a visiting researcher at Newcastle University and a visitor at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. In 2008 she defended her PhD dissertation with the title ‘Of publics and science. How publics engage with biotechnology and genomics’. Prior to her academic work she worked as a project manager and (science and risk) communication advisor.


de Jong, A. , Dijkstra, A. , & MacLeod, M. A. J. (2023). (Mis)alignment of expert and public discourse of AI in the Netherlands. In M. W. Bauer, & B. Schiele (Eds.), Science communication: taking a step back to move forward (pp. 202-212). CNRS Editions.
Jansma, S. R. (2020). Connect and affect: how stakeholder interactions facilitate technological change. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036550796
Dijkstra, A. M., & Cormick, C. (2020). Research in Science Communication. In F. van Dam, L. de Bakker, A. M. Dijkstra, & E. A. Jensen (Eds.), Science communication: An introduction (pp. 223-253). World Scientific Press. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789811209888_0010
Wehrmann, C. , & Dijkstra, A. (2020). The process of communicating science. In F. van Dam, L. de Bakker, A. M. Dijkstra, & E. A. Jensen (Eds.), Science communication: An introduction (pp. 43-64). World Scientific Press. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789811209888_0003
Dijkstra, A. M., de Bakker, L., van Dam, F., & Jensen, E. A. (2020). Setting the scene. In F. van Dam, L. de Bakker, A. M. Dijkstra, & E. A. Jensen (Eds.), Science communication: An introduction (pp. 1-17). World Scientific Press. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789811209888_0001
van Dam, F., de Bakker, L. , Dijkstra, A. M., & Jensen, E. A. (Eds.) (2020). Science communication. An introduction. (Science Communication; Vol. 1). World Scientific Press. https://doi.org/10.1142/11541
Dijkstra, A. M., van Dam, F., & Van der Sanden, M. (2020). The Netherlands: from the first science information officers to the Dutch Research Agenda. In T. Gascoigne, B. Schiele, J. Leach, M. Riedlinger, B. V. Lewenstein, L. Massarani, & P. Broks (Eds.), Communicating Science: A Global Perspective (pp. 597-615). Australian National University. https://doi.org/10.22459/CS.2020
Schuijff, M. J. , & Dijkstra, A. (2020). Practices of Responsible Research and Innovation: A Review. Science and engineering ethics, 26, 533–574. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-019-00167-3
Haworth, P. S. , & Dijkstra, A. M. (2019). Putting responsible research and innovation into practice at a local level in South Africa. In P. Weingart, M. Joubert, & B. Falade (Eds.), Science Communication in South Africa: Reflections on Current Issues (pp. 45-72). African Minds. http://www.africanminds.co.za/dd-product/science-communication-in-south-africa-reflections-on-current-issues/
Other Contributions
Dijkstra, A. M. (2008). Of publics and science. How publics engage with biotechnology and genomics. (PhD), University of Twente, Enschede.

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Since 2014 Anne Dijkstra coaches and supervises excellent master students in the Research Honours master programme at the University of Twente. In addition she is coordinator and lecturer at the Twente Graduate School. From 2008-2015 she was coordinator and lecturer at the track Science Communication of the master programme Science Education and Communication. She has taught various courses related to the science-society relationship, for example about science communication, science journalism and informal science education.

Affiliated Study Programmes



Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023


Currently, she is involved as a researcher in several EU projects. The goal of the GoNano project (No 768622, 2017-2020) is to improve the responsiveness of research and innovation processes to public values and concerns. Thus, Governing Nanotechnologies through societal engagement.

The RRI2SCALE project (No 872526, 2020-2022) seeks to meet the needs of society in regional innovation processes. Academic partners in collaboration with regions - for the NL the Province of Overijssel and the UT - aim to work towards sustainable development, societal inclusion and citizen participation under a framework of democratic governance.

In 2021 ENJOI will start. The project will co-create and select science communication standards and improve the quality of science communication through the media.

The NUCLEUS project which ran from 2015 till 2019 (No 664932) aimed at analysing and facilitating the dialogue between science and society via the notions of Responsible Research and Innovation. The acronym stands for New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions. 

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C203
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  C203
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands