University of Manchester academic announced as Scientific Section President for 2024 by the British Science Association

Dr Chika Watanabe , Senior Lecturer Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, is announced as a Scientific Section President for Archaeology and Anthropology by the British Science Association (BSA) for 2024.

The Scientific Section Presidents are science professionals who play a crucial role in shaping the British Science Festival programme each year. From top names in British science to up-and-coming researchers tackling some of the greatest scientific challenges of our time.

Each year, the Presidents for each of the BSA’s 16 Scientific Sections are nominated for making a significant contribution to their scientific field.

In her capacity of Scientific Section President, Chika will present her research project Voces de Resiliencia (Voices of Resilience) as part of the British Science Festival taking place 11 - 15 September at the University of East London.

Voices of Resilience is a collaborative project between researchers, disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners, and community actors in Talcahuano, Chile, with the aim to explore and promote intergenerational interactions to strengthen community resilience against disasters.

Chika said about her research:

Intensifying disasters and climate change more broadly might make people feel paralyzed and hopeless. But disaster preparedness educators I study and work with in Japan and Chile have shown me that there are other ways to confront the future, not through fear and further securitization measures, but through unexpectedly playful and fun methods that bring generations together.

If you won’t be in London in September, Chika will be presenting her research at the University of Manchester’s Universally Manchester Festival on Saturday, 8 June. You can join her for a workshop focusing on resilience in the kitchen and for a documentary screening exploring intergenerational solidarity.

Both events are free and open to all, you can book your tickets here.