In this episode Dr Hotez opens up about why he is so angry with those spearheading the anti-vaccine movement and he talks about his new book 'Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism' which debunks some of the most prevalent anti-vaccine myths, as well as telling the story of his life as the father of a daughter with autism.
Will Storr is an award winning author, journalist and storytelling speaker, whose most recent book ‘The Science of Storytelling’ unpicks why storytelling is such an essential part of being human, and how we can use science and our understanding of the human brain to become better, more powerful storytellers and, by extension, better communicators.
In this episode of Research Comms Cambridge University’s Head of Digital Communications, Barney Brown, talks about the power of authenticity, how academic institutions can tap into the creativity of their members, as well as giving advise on what social media platforms offer the greatest returns on investment.
Established in 2002 by Fiona Fox, the Science Media Centre, was set up to act as a bridge between journalists and the science community in the UK. In this episode of the Research Comms podcast Fiona Fox talks about the early days of the SMC, as well as reflecting on how things have changed in the seventeen years since it started, on the impact of digital technology on science journalism, and on the dangers of scientists retreating to their ivory towers.
In this episode of Research Comms social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, author of the superb book ‘The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion’ talks about how we can break down barriers by talking to people’s ‘elephants’ and why the defence of viewpoint diversity in academic and research institutions is one of the most critical battles of our times.
Hana Ayoob is a science communicator with a plethora of skills. She is a festival organiser who has helped run some of the UK’s biggest science events, she is a comedian, a consultant, an illustrator and one quarter of the excellent science podcast ‘Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?’ In this week’s episode of Research Comms Hana talks about her multi-pronged approach to scicomm, what it’s like being a new-found freelancer and why she is so committed to supporting minorities in STEM.
In this week’s episode of Research Comms I welcome back old friend of the podcast, Sam Illingworth: scientist, science communicator and poet. Sam communicates all kinds of STEM topic but specialises in environmental science and he was recently involved with the research, writing and publication of a report exploring how climate specialists are communicating the issue of climate change and global warming to the UK public.
In this week’s episode of the Research Comms Podcast we’ll be exploring how storytelling can help drive clear communication of scientific ideas to all kinds of audience. And my guest, who will be helping me do that, is Jessica Fox: writer, filmmaker and science storytelling consultant. We speak about how she got into the world of science storytelling, why stories resonate with us so deeply, and how researchers can harness the power of story to engage people with their ideas.
In September of this year London welcomed an exciting new addition to its cultural scene - Science Gallery London. Just before its opening I popped along to check out ‘Hooked’ its inaugural exhibition, exploring the theme of addiction, and in this episode of the Research Comms podcast I chat to some of the people who have helped to bring the gallery’s mission to life.
Lucy Vernall’s ‘Academic Ideas Lab’ brings together researchers and TV & Radio producers to get exciting research stories onto our screens and airwaves. In this episode of Research Comms Lucy talks about the challenges of getting ideas commissioned and the ingredients needed to turn a piece of research into an engaging story that’s suitable for TV or radio.
The British Science Association has laid out a bold new plan to transform the relationship that 4 million, currently disengaged, people have with science over the next 3 years and spearheading that ambition is the BSA’s CEO, Katherine Mathieson. In this episode of Research Comms Katherine talks about that campaign, plus plenty more!
Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, is one of the world's leading neurologists, specialising in mitochondrial disease. A few weeks ago I sat down with Doug to hear the incredible story of how he and his team joined forces with mitochondrial disease patients to persuade the UK Parliament to change the law to allow a pioneering but controversial fertility treatment.