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?
This feature podcast is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication. Today we are Speaking to… Caren Cooper
One type of science communication is getting big. Citizen science is getting big: volunteer computing, volunteer thinking, volunteer data collection.
Caren Cooper, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithica, New York, is part of a lab that is taking citizen science very seriously, and there are some great reasons why.
In this podcast I speak to Caren about her research, and how citizen science has helped her set up new initiatives. We also talk about what the citizens get out of it, and how they give Caren a new perspective on her research.
In the podcast we also talk about Caren’s new venture: a book about citizen science, so if you know any citizen scientists, or someone who is using citizen science as part of their research, then please do get in touch with Caren either via Twitter at @CoopSciScoop or via the Ornithology Lab at Cornell.
This feature podcast is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication. Today we are Speaking to… Lizzie Crouch
Lizzie Crouch is a freelance science communicator working on a myriad of projects ranging from project managing Robert Winston’s website, to working to get designers and scientists to collaborate with the Design Science project.
In this podcast Lizzie tells of her experience in science communication as a freelancer, and that even though she has an absolute ball doing it, it’s not always easy.