Each year we recruit a team of interns from Imperial’s highly-regarded science communication Master’s programme to work alongside staff in Communications. Communications interns produce content across the Imperial News site, our podcast, our YouTube channel, and Reporter magazine, as well as helping out with the annual Imperial Festival.

2018-19 Communications Interns 


Bernadeta Dadonaite

Bernadeta DadonaiteI’m originally from Lithuania and I came to Imperial in 2011 to do an undergraduate degree in Microbiology. Afterwards, I couldn’t get enough of science, so I ended up doing a PhD at the University of Oxford, studying the RNA structure of the influenza virus genome. During my PhD I was involved in various forms of science outreach from giving talks in pubs to organising science-themed exhibitions.

I’ve always been interested in science communication, particularly because science is full of complex ideas and I wanted to know how scientists can be better at communicating those ideas to the public. This interest led me back to Imperial where I’m currently doing an MSc in Science Media Production, supported by a studentship from the Wellcome Trust. I’m interested in radio and TV production and I also hope to combine the programming skills I’ve gained during my PhD for the use in data journalism.

In my spare time I like to go out for some long-distance runs, while listening to my endless playlist of podcasts.

Juanita Bawagan

Juanita BawaganI'm a Canadian science writer and current MSc Science Communication student at Imperial College London.

Previously, I worked at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Metro News (Canada) and PEN Canada in Toronto. I received a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Outside of class, you'll find me exploring London's markets, movie theatres and concert halls. You can also follow me on Twitter: @JuanitaBawagan.

Liam Duan

Liam DuanI studied my undergrad in Biomedical Sciences at Imperial, specialising in Global Health in my intercalated final year. I’ve always enjoyed communicating science to others, whether it was through tutoring or volunteering at the British Science Association to hold events at the Science Museum Lates.

With an interest for the creative arts, particularly film, I wanted to combine my love of science with media, naturally leading me towards the MSc Science Media Production at Imperial. Volunteering at the Global Health Film Festival has inspired my ambition towards making documentaries about health, communities and cultures around the world.

Beyond academia, I enjoy exploring what London has to offer, playing badminton, competing for the Imperial Medic’s Badminton Team, and occasionally like to paint.