“It’s never the same day twice.”
This is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication. Today we are Speaking to… David Gregory-Kumar
Where are you based?
Who do you work for?
What type of science communication do you do?
I cover Science and Environment issues for BBC TV, radio and online usually based here in the Midlands. So my job is to either find science stories that aren’t being covered elsewhere or to add expert commentary to science stories that are in the news.
Who is your main audience?
In terms of numbers the biggest audience I broadcast to will be those watching BBC Midlands Today at 1830 on BBC One which can get close to a million people on a really good day. But for me any one watching or listening is important.
How did you get into it?
I was a physicist but I’d always been interested in journalism. While I worked on the research for my PhD I managed to freelance a few pieces for the science sections of some newspapers and after I finished my research I did some work for BBC Radio 5 Live. Then I got this job.
Why do you do it?
It really is the best job in the world. I love science and I love explaining how it works to a general audience. And the tools I have at my disposal to do that have grown thanks to evolving technology. So we can create better tv and radio reports, go live from places it would never have been possible before and back it all up with more detailed analysis on my BBC blog.
Why do you think science communication is important?
Because there are big decisions made using science and research and we need to explain them clearly. We’ll shortly see the start of a badger cull and it’s vital to explain the science behind it to our viewers and listeners. Especially as both sides of the debate over culling turn to science to back up their arguments.
What do you love about science communication?
It’s never the same day twice.
What has been your favourite project?
Do you have any new science communication projects coming up?
This summer we’re looking to return to CERN and ask where they go next after discovering the Higgs.
Any tips for those wanting to get into science communication?
You can follow David on Twitter at @DrDavidGK