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About me

Let me introduce myself

Short bio

Ph.D. student in Science Communication at the University of the West of England. My research focuses on vaccine images used for advocacy that are shared among Twitter networks. I'm the founder and project manager of SciHashtag, a collection of Twitter hashtags used by academics and science communicators. I'm interested in science communication, images used for advocacy, visual communication, social media, geeky things, science cats, and hunting chocolate!

I'm an expert in live tweeting and content curation of science events, and I gained experience as a science writer, too. I'm also a Storify specialist and coauthor of "Twitter per ricercatori". I wrote for newspaper, webzine, and blogs, and I have my own blog in which I share some issues of my Ph.D. research and science communication tips.

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Elena Milani


Know more about my past


  • 2016

    Pro and anti-vaccine advocacy on Twitter: An analysis of networks and discourses

    Poster at University of the West England, Bristol, UK, Conference: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences - Postgraduate Research Conference

  • 2015

    Images for Advocacy in Communication of Risk

    Conference paper. Science and you international conference of science communication. Nancy, France

  • 2014

    Creare un archivio tematico di tweet con Storify

    Book chapter in "Twitter per Ricercatori". Authors: Rigutto C., Milani E.

  • 2014

    Impaired perception of rigidity induced by the amodal completion of 3D structures in active and passive vision

    Poster at Vision Sciences Society conference, St. Pete Beach, Florida. Authors: Fantoni C., Gerbino W., Milani E., Domini F.


  • 2015-present

    University of West England UK @ Ph.D. student


  • 2013-2014

    University of Padova | Italy @ Master in science communication

    Visual communication, Web and Social Media communication, Science and Technology communication to the public, Statistics and Opinion Polls, Scientific Journalism, Science Museums and Exhibitions, Institutional communication.

  • 2011-2013

    University of Trieste |Italy @ Master's degree in neuroscience

    Neurobiology, Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, Neuropathology, Neuropharmacology, Statistics, Cognitive Neuroscience

  • 2013

    University of Padova |Italy @ Postgraduate certificate in data analysis and viualisation

    Pictures analysis, communication through colour and images, images for advocacy, visual communication of risk, communication of data through charts, diagrams and infographics, clinical and scientific presentation, scientific poster.

  • 2008-2011

    University of Trieste |Italy @ Bachelor's degree in biology

    Molecular and cellular biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Zoology, Botany, Embryology, Histology, Human Physiology, Plant Physiology, Human anatomy, Ethology.


Science Communication
Web e social media communication
Visual Communication
Blog writing and content curation


Get in touch with me


University of West England, Bristol, UK