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2022 ABSW Media Fellows Announced

27 June 2022

UCL Engineering is pleased to announce our four Association of British Science Writers Media Fellows for 2022

A composite image of the 4 2022 UCL Engineering Media fellows

UCL is delighted to announce the return of the popular and valuable Media Fellowship Scheme. Previously run by the British Science Association, this scheme was discontinued by the BSA in 2021. However, the stewardship of scheme has now been taken on by the Association of British Science Writers.

The ABSW Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or Buzzfeed.

Previous UCL fellows under the BSA scheme include Dr Lena Ciric, who worked at the BBC, Dr Gary Zhang who worked at the I newspaper, and Prof. Clare Elwell who worked at the Financial Times

Our four media fellows for 2022 are Dr Stijn Van Ewick from UCL Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering, Dr Charlotte Maughan Jones from UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Dr Maria Perez Ortiz from UCL Computer Science and Dr Leonie Tanczer from UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy.

Dr Stijn Van Ewick

A picture of Stijn Van Ewick, UCL Engineering Media Fellow
Dr Stijn van Ewijk is a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at the Department for Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE). Stijn (pronounced "Stine") studies how modern societies use materials and energy, the consequences for the environment, and what we can do to make production and consumption sustainable. Stijn focuses on technologies and policies for waste management and the circular economy. Previously, Stijn was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology and a Research Associate at UCL. He was a visiting researcher at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).


Twitter: @stijnvanewijk


Dr Charlotte Maughan Jones 

A picture of Chatlotte Maughan Jones, UCL Engineering Media Fellow
Dr Charlotte Maughan Jones is a Research Fellow in the AXIm group within the department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. Charlotte has had a varied and unique career to date! She qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon and subsequently spent 4 years working as an equine veterinary surgeon, treating horses and donkeys in the South East of England. After some time working as a research assistant in a biomedical laboratory, she joined the AXIm group at UCL to complete her PhD on x-ray and optical properties of biological tissues. In 2020 she was awarded the EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellowship, and her current work focuses on applications of advanced x-ray imaging techniques on the musculoskeletal system of the horse. Her research interests lie at the interface between human and veterinary clinical practice, bench side biomedical science and engineering, and she is a strong advocate for adopting the "One Health" model of research. Outside of the laboratory, Charlotte is an active STEM ambassador within local schools, and has recently been the driving force behind a successful "Royal Society Partnership Grant" application with a local primary school. 


Dr Maria Perez-Ortiz

A picture of Maria Perez Ortiz, UCL Engineering Media Fellow
Dr Maria Perez-Ortiz is Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Artificial Intelligence Centre at UCL. 

Previously she was Senior Research Fellow at the same department and Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on developing responsible AI models with an interdisciplinary perspective and connections to social and environmental sustainability, having worked in the last 10 years in biomedicine, sustainable agriculture, climate change and environmental modelling, neuroscience and educational technology. She is generally interested in assessing the impact that such technologies have on our social and environmental ecosystems, and aims to include such assessment in the ideation and design process, to help ensure technologies remain beneficial and sustainable.

Dr. Perez-Ortiz is currently working on bringing sustainability and responsible innovation topics to the computer science arena. She has recently joined a committee to improve education for sustainability at UCL and is program co-lead of the first MSc program on AI for Sustainable Development, as well as module leader of two courses at UCL:  i) AI for Sustainable Development and ii) Transparent, Accountable and Responsible AI. As part of this line of work, she is also organising scientific events surrounding the ecosystemic challenges that arise with these technologies, and aiming to introduce broader socio-technical and socio-ecological perspectives to the field of AI.

Dr Leonie Tanczer

A picture of Leonie Tanczer, UCL Engineering Media Fellow
Dr Leonie Maria Tanczer is a Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies at University College London. Her research focuses on the intersection points of technology, security, and gender. Leonie is leading the "Gender and Internet of Things (IoT)" programme at UCL, a member of the "Violence, Abuse and Mental Health: Opportunities for Change" (VAMHN) Consortium, part of the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group (ORG), and Principal Investigator of the “First RespondXR" project. Prior to her lectureship appointment, Leonie was a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the EPSRC-funded PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub

Twitter: @leotanczt