Speaking to… Virginia Hughes: Science and stories

science-and-stories-science-communicationThis feature podcast is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication. Today we are Speaking to… Virginia Hughes.

Scientific papers don’t seem to attract many readers outside the sphere of science when it comes to science communication. Yet the discoveries recounted in these papers play a pivotal role in some science-fiction stories, and these are read by people from all over the world.

What if scientists were to tell their stories, as just that, stories? Would they be able to reach a wider audience? Would their work be more accessible?

When we read dry, factual arguments, we read with our shields in hand. We are critical and skeptical. But when we are absorbed in a story we drop our guard. We are moved emotionally, and are drawn into the story-tellers’ world.

I’ve been joined by Virginia Hughes, a journalist from Brooklyn, New York City, and in this podcast we discuss science and stories.

Here is Virginia’s blog post Why more scientists should tell stories.

Learn more about what Virginia gets up to in her Speaking to… interview