Dr. Germana Barata is a visiting scholar in the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University and a science communication researcher at the Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism (Labjor) and the Centre for the Development of Creativity (Nudecri) at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She holds a MSc and PhD in History of Science from São Paulo University and a productivity research fellowship in science communication at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Brazil. She also teaches in Labjor/Unicamp’s Master in Science Communication program and Science Journalism specialization.
Barata’s research focuses on how social media and altmetrics (alternative metrics for measuring the societal impact of science) affect the value of Brazilian Science journals. Her current project, “Social impact of the Brazilian Science production through science communication”, is financed by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP no. 2016/14173-2). She is also working on a project in partnership with University of the Fraser Valley, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC), and ACS (Association des Communicateurs Scientifique du Quebéc) called “Mapping the new landscape of science communicators and writers in Canada”, funded by SSHRC.
She writes at Ciência em Revista and Diário de Vancouver, a monthly Vancouver diary for Jornal da Unicamp. A list of her publications and presentations can be found at ResearchGate.net, and she can be found on Twitter at @germanabarata.