This is a feature podcast about science communication: when scientists meet the public.
By some lucky coincidence, I somehow managed to speak to some really fantastic people, and this podcast is the result.
I’ve been putting together a podcast called Monsters inside your head, and it explores how patients with neurodegenerative diseases cope with their symptoms.
A few months back I came across an event called Meet the Scientist, which was run by some Imperial College neuro-researchers at the Hammersmith Hospital. They had invited patients (along with friends, family and carers) to the department to get a tour of the labs, to meet the scientists, and to see the Tissue Bank – the real brains.
What I found was that both groups (scientists and patients), benefited from this event. The patients got a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors, how the scientists do their work, what it is they are focusing on. The scientists got to hear the patient stories, and benefited from the amazement that the patients had in their skills and abilities.
So, as a result I’ve put a podcast together to let them tell the story about meeting each other, and what the event, Meet The Scientists, aimed to do.
I’m going to let the patients and scientists talk for for themselves in this podcast. I really enjoyed putting this piece together, and I would really appreciate some feedback – any feedback: how did it make you feel? Did you like the style? Do you agree/disagree?