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 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.
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.
Today I'm launching a brand new podcast all about digital research communications. This first episode is an interview with science communication expert Sam Illingworth who explains how to make the most out of the digital tools available to research communicators. As well as reading one of his fantastic science poems!