Episode 67: The Science of Storytelling

In this episode we chat to science writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and now communications consultant Dr Kat Arney on all things science communication! We dive into the current state of the science communication industry, from the tools of the trade, things that 'scicommers' can improve, and the work Kat does training researchers in the art of storytelling.

Episode 66: Vaccines: Tackling Viral Misinformation

In this episode we are joined by Richard Clarke, a PhD researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine! Richard is a member of the the Vaccine Confidence Project, an initiative that monitors public confidence in immunisation for the purpose of detecting public concerns around vaccines. These concerns can have massive implications for the effectiveness of vaccine programmes and as such researchers must address them as early as possible.

In this episode we explore what researchers can do to effectively communicate science on-and-off-line (it turns out caps lock, insults, and twitter mobs aren't very convincing...), and the results of his research that suggests that on the whole people are less vulnerable to online pseudoscience than we might think. We also chat about his involvement in the Skeptic community, and the role that public trust in authority plays in vaccine hesitancy.

Richard's PhD focusses on the information seeking behaviours of mothers as they make a vaccine decision during pregnancy. In his studies Richard applies research from the psychology of decision making, trust and the field of information science to quantitatively investigate how mothers engage in information gathering to aid decision making with respect to the pertussis vaccine currently offered during pregnancy. 

Episode 65: The World Food Programme

In today's episode Gemma speaks to Hila Cohen the International Business Development Lead of the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator. We dive into the invaluable work done by the WFP, the benefits of considerate locally focussed innovations in food tech, and whether there should be concerns given the aging farming community.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies and nurtures solutions to hunger globally. They also provide financial support to WFP innovators and external start-ups, and access to a network of experts. The WFP believes that the way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but identifying and testing solutions in an agile way.


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Episode 64: Event Special - Disrupting the Conversation

It's no secret that the internet has changed the way we communicate, and the last 12 months has also made clear the realisation that it has also changed the way we form our views. On December 5th 2018 we ran an event on Science communication called Disrupting the Conversation (kindly sponsored by Digital Science) on how to battle against misinformation, and effectively communicate scientific ideas.

From the echo chambers and 'fake news', to being at the mercy of the social media giants' exposure algorithms and more and more content being produced each day, the way we make decisions and inform ourselves has had a seismic shift. And what does this mean for science? Amongst the climate change deniers and the anti-vax movement is a need for reconsideration of how evidence and critical thinking is communicated and empowered.

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Episode 62: Digitising the NHS

Today's guest is Dr Harpreet Sood, NHS England’s Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer and a practicing NHS doctor at University College London Hospital.We get to grips with how the NHS is currently interacting with founders, and the wealth of opportunity for innovators. Given the NHS's core mission, we also dive into the idea of responsible innovation because while there may be plenty of low hanging fruit the patients under the NHS's care come first

**The audio is a little spotty but we hope you enjoy it.

Citizens Disrupt: Episode 2 - DIY Bio

Linda Doyle takes us on a tour of the world of citizen science in this new mini-series, Citizens Disrupt.

In this episode Linda explores the burgeoning world of DIY Bio.

She speaks to:

  1. Bethan Wolfenden, co-founder of BentoBio

  2. Nicholas FitzRoy-Dale and Ilya Levantis, of the London BioHackspace

  3. Raphael Kim, a bioartist creating bio based games

Citizens Disrupt: Episode 1 - Contributory Science

We take a tour of the world of citizen science in this new mini-series, Citizens Disrupt. In this episode Science: Disrupt contributor Linda Doyle explores contributory citizen science, where the data for scientific ventures is crowdsourced. 

She speaks to:

  1. Dr Erinma Ochu, from the Univeristy of Salford, about her efforts to engage people in mathematics through botany. 
  2. Dr Martin Jones, the Deputy Head of Microscopy Prototyping at the Crick Insititute, about the etch-a-cell initiative.
  3. Dr Pinja Haikka, a theoretical physicist and (at the time of recording) the head of outreach at ScienceatHome
  4. Steven Gray, CEO of Earthwatch (Europe & Middle East), on effecting change in corporates make policies in light of new climate change data.

Episode 55: Losing the Nobel Prize

In this episode we chat to UC San Diego's Professor Brian Keating , author of Losing the Nobel Prize, about scientific incentives, the history of the Nobel, and the feeling of having a Nobel prize slip through your fingers. 

Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UC San Diego’s Department of Physics. He and his team develop telescopes to study the Big Bang. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds two U.S.Patents. He received the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House from President Bush for a telescope he invented and deployed at the U.S. South Pole Research Station called “BICEP". Professor Keating became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016 and is the author of Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor.

You can also follow Brian at @DrBrianKeating on Twitter. 

Responsible Science: Episode 5 - The Next Generation

Responsible Science: Episode 5 - The Next Generation

For the final episode of our ‘Responsible Science’ series, we look forward with some of the most exciting innovators coming up through the ranks of academia, intent on making it a better and more responsible place as they go.

Responsible Science: Episode 4 - Publishing

Responsible Science: Episode 4 - Publishing

For the fourth episode of our ‘Responsible Science’, we dive deep into the world of the science dissemination industry – organisations whose role is to effectively communicate science to the wider world, in the most efficient, fair and considered way possible, and ensure science can keep moving forward.