Eric A. Jensen


The Brinson Foundation Civic Science Fellow



Project focus: At the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Eric will codify effective approaches to scientific visualization and gain a more thorough understanding of which design choices most significantly impact audience perception and interest in science topics.

About Eric
Eric A. Jensen is a Civic Science Fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois. Specializing in evidence-based science communication (, Jensen has 20 years’ experience in science communication research, evaluation and practice. He has worked as a consultant and trainer for many research institutions, including the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, London Zoo, Science Museum Group, European Space Agency, CERN, Science Foundation Ireland, Australian Research Data Commons, National Research Foundation (SAASTA) and UNESCO. His recent research has focused on socially responsible science, science festival and public engagement event evaluation, diversity of science communication audiences and the long-term impact of public engagement and informal learning activities. Jensen’s most recently published books are Science Communication: An Introduction (World Scientific) and Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE). His training courses are featured at His PhD in sociology is from the University of Cambridge.