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Welcome to Research Comms, a podcast exploring the theme of research communication in a digital age, presented by Peter Barker and Orinoco Communications. How can we ensure that research has a positive impact on society? How can we make sure the public has a voice in conversations about the research that will have profound effects on their lives? Research Comms sets out to answer these questions and more through interviews with those who are doing the most inspiring work in the field of research communications and public engagement.

Latest Episodes

DR PETER HOTEZ

Dr Peter Hotez has devoted most of his professional life to developing vaccines to combat neglected tropical diseases that affect millions of the most impoverished people in the world. More recently he has also become an outspoken and prominent advocate for vaccines in the face of the growing anti-vaccine movement. In this episode Dr Hotez opens up about why he is so angry with those spearheading the anti-vaccine movement and his new book 'Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism' which debunks some of the most prevalent anti-vaccine myths, as well as telling the story of his life as the father of a daughter with autism. This podcast is presented by Peter Barker and produced by Orinoco Communications. Twitter: @orinococomms www.orinococomms.com -------------- LINKS to PETER HOTEZ Books Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism Forgotten People Forgotten Diseases Blue Marble Health Twitter: @PeterHotez Website:https://peterhotez.org/

40 MINAUG 8
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DR PETER HOTEZ

WILL STORR

Will Storr is an award winning author, journalist and storytelling speaker, whose most recent book ‘The Science of Storytelling’ unpicks why storytelling is such an essential part of being human, and how we can use science and our understanding of the human brain to become better, more powerful storytellers and, by extension, better communicators. Presented by Peter Barker Produced by Orinoco Communications www.orinococomms.com BOOKS Science of Storytelling by Will Storr The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr ARTICLES Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘The Ketchup Conundrum’ TALKS Will Storr’s ‘Science of Storytelling’ Ted X Talk

46 MINJUL 10
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WILL STORR

DR SHAUN O'BOYLE

In this first episode of the new series Peter talks with Dr Shaun O'Boyle: science communicator, founder of House of STEM (a network of LGBTQ+ scientists in Ireland) and co-organiser of grass-roots initiative, LGBT STEM Day, which is gearing up to happen for a second time this July 5th 2019. Peter and Shaun talk about some of the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ scientists, why so many feel that they have to hide their sexuality in the workplace and about why science communicators are perfectly placed to drive culture change in the STEM sector. LINKS www.shaunoboyle.org House of Stem Pride In Stem Queering Museums ‘Exploring the Workplace for LGBT+ Physical Scientists’ report by Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society. Yoder and Mattheis; Queer in STEM: Workplace Experiences Reported in a National Survey of LGBTQA Individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers A reading list by Shaun O’Boyle that he maintains at House of STEM Articles by Shaun: siliconrepublic.com/innovation/lgbtq-house-of-stem … https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/science-communication-diversity-activism …

37 MINJUL 2
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DR SHAUN O'BOYLE

BARNEY BROWN

How do you tell the story of an 800+ year old academic institution - one of the most famous universities in the world - using the most modern of communications methods? Barney Brown has been doing that for the past decade as Head of Digital Communications at Cambridge University where he has headed up an award-winning team that not only generates excellent digital content of its own but also embraces other creators who form part of the university community, such as student vloggers. In this episode of Research Comms Barney Brown talks about the power of authenticity, how academic institutions can tap into the creativity of their members, as well as giving advise on what social media platforms offer the greatest returns on investment. To ------------------------- Research Comms is produced by Peter Barker, digital media producer and director of Orinoco Communications, which is a communications agency that specialises in the communication of research and innovation in science, the soc...

44 MINFEB 28
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BARNEY BROWN

S2 Ep9: The Science Media Centre's Fiona Fox on the relationship between scientists and the press

In this episode The Science Media Centre's Fiona Fox talks about the turbulent time in the late 1990s/early 2000s when science was rocked by a number of adverse news stories that led to the formation of her organisation. She reflects on how things have changed in the seventeen years since the SMC started, the impact of digital technology on science journalism, and the danger posed if scientists decided to retreat to their ivory towers. ---------------------- LINKS http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/ www.orinococomms.com

49 MINFEB 13
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S2 Ep9: The Science Media Centre's Fiona Fox on the relationship between scientists and the press

S2 Ep8: Dr Kat Arney

This week's guest is science communication extraordinaire, Dr Kat Arney. Kat cut her scicomm teeth at Cancer Research UK where she spent 12 years before a hugely successful run with phenomenally successful podcast series The Naked Scientists. Now she is a freelancer producer and has her own science communication consulting company. Her latest work is the brilliant podcast, Genetics Unzipped. Through her years in the science communication sector Kat has developed an acute understanding of what it takes to engage people with compelling and accessible narratives and she was kind enough to share her wisdom with me in this episode. --------------- Kat's website First Create the Media Genetics Unzipped --------------- Research Comms is produced and presented by Peter Barker in association with Orinoco Communications. Orinoco is a digital communications agency that specialises in the communication of research and innovation. www.orinococomms.com

41 MINFEB 7
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S2 Ep8: Dr Kat Arney

S2 Ep7: Jonathan Haidt on Communicating Across Cultural Divides

That we’re living in highly polarised times won’t come as news to most people. Our natural propensity to tribalism has been let loose and public discourse has given way to people ranting and raving at anybody who doesn’t share their worldview. And all of this comes at a time when we need strong and healthy debates more than ever to to tackle the major challenges we face. So what can we do to encourage better communication across political and cultural divides? How can we have productive conversations about issues like climate change that have become so politically and culturally loaded? In this episode of Research Comms social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, author of the superb book ‘The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion’ talks about how we can break down barriers by talking to people’s ‘elephants’ and why the defence of viewpoint diversity in academic and research institutions is one of the most critical battles of our times, an argument la...

39 MINJAN 24
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S2 Ep7: Jonathan Haidt on Communicating Across Cultural Divides

S02 Ep6: The British Academy's Communications Director, Liz Hutchinson

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. For almost 120 years the Academy has been championing these disciplines and boasts some of their most distinguished scholars as fellows, past and present, including John Maynard Keynes, C.S. Lewis, Mary Beard and Rowan Williams. Recently the BA announced a new strategic plan that places reinvigorated communications at its core, so for this episode of Research Comms I caught up the Communications Director, Liz Hutchinson, to find out more about their plans. --------------------------- British Academy Website British Academy Blog Wonkhe article by Liz Hutchinson Diarmaid MacCulloch on 'What are the humanities?' --------------------------- www.orinococomms.com Research Comms Blog

30 MINJAN 16
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S02 Ep6: The British Academy's Communications Director, Liz Hutchinson

S02 Ep5: Hana Ayoob

Hana Ayoob is a science communicator with a plethora of skills. She is a festival organiser who has helped run some of the UK’s biggest science events, she is a comedian, a consultant, an illustrator and one quarter of the excellent science podcast ‘Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?’ In this week’s episode of Research Comms Hana talks about her multi-pronged approach to scicomm, what it’s like being a new-found freelancer and why she is so committed to supporting minorities in STEM. This episode can also be found over on the Research Comms Blog. Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast if you like what you hear and please feel free to leave a review! ----------------------------- To see/hear what Hana does check out here work here: http://www.hanaayoob.co.uk/ For her illustrations: http://www.curiousoctopus.co.uk/ Why Aren't You A Doctor Yet? podcast: https://wayady.podbean.com/

29 MINJAN 10
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S02 Ep5: Hana Ayoob

S02 Ep4: Sam Illingworth on Communication of Climate Science

In this week's episode I welcome back friend of the podcast and science communicator, Sam Illingworth, to talk with me about the recent report 'Climate Communication in Practice - How Are We Engaging the UK Public with Climate Change?' produced by Sam and members of the Climate Communications Project. We discuss the importance of identifying specific audiences, the need to understand their beliefs and values, and how it's ok for scientists to have opinions. Here are links to some of the things discussed: The Climate Communications Project Report Yale Climate Change Communication Report 2017 The Age of Consequences documentary How Not to Talk About Climate Science YouTube Climate Visuals Project

39 MIN2018 DEC 12
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S02 Ep4: Sam Illingworth on Communication of Climate Science

Latest Episodes

DR PETER HOTEZ

Dr Peter Hotez has devoted most of his professional life to developing vaccines to combat neglected tropical diseases that affect millions of the most impoverished people in the world. More recently he has also become an outspoken and prominent advocate for vaccines in the face of the growing anti-vaccine movement. In this episode Dr Hotez opens up about why he is so angry with those spearheading the anti-vaccine movement and his new book 'Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism' which debunks some of the most prevalent anti-vaccine myths, as well as telling the story of his life as the father of a daughter with autism. This podcast is presented by Peter Barker and produced by Orinoco Communications. Twitter: @orinococomms www.orinococomms.com -------------- LINKS to PETER HOTEZ Books Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism Forgotten People Forgotten Diseases Blue Marble Health Twitter: @PeterHotez Website:https://peterhotez.org/

40 MINAUG 8
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DR PETER HOTEZ

WILL STORR

Will Storr is an award winning author, journalist and storytelling speaker, whose most recent book ‘The Science of Storytelling’ unpicks why storytelling is such an essential part of being human, and how we can use science and our understanding of the human brain to become better, more powerful storytellers and, by extension, better communicators. Presented by Peter Barker Produced by Orinoco Communications www.orinococomms.com BOOKS Science of Storytelling by Will Storr The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr ARTICLES Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘The Ketchup Conundrum’ TALKS Will Storr’s ‘Science of Storytelling’ Ted X Talk

46 MINJUL 10
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WILL STORR

DR SHAUN O'BOYLE

In this first episode of the new series Peter talks with Dr Shaun O'Boyle: science communicator, founder of House of STEM (a network of LGBTQ+ scientists in Ireland) and co-organiser of grass-roots initiative, LGBT STEM Day, which is gearing up to happen for a second time this July 5th 2019. Peter and Shaun talk about some of the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ scientists, why so many feel that they have to hide their sexuality in the workplace and about why science communicators are perfectly placed to drive culture change in the STEM sector. LINKS www.shaunoboyle.org House of Stem Pride In Stem Queering Museums ‘Exploring the Workplace for LGBT+ Physical Scientists’ report by Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society. Yoder and Mattheis; Queer in STEM: Workplace Experiences Reported in a National Survey of LGBTQA Individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers A reading list by Shaun O’Boyle that he maintains at House of STEM Articles by Shaun: siliconrepublic.com/innovation/lgbtq-house-of-stem … https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/science-communication-diversity-activism …

37 MINJUL 2
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DR SHAUN O'BOYLE

BARNEY BROWN

How do you tell the story of an 800+ year old academic institution - one of the most famous universities in the world - using the most modern of communications methods? Barney Brown has been doing that for the past decade as Head of Digital Communications at Cambridge University where he has headed up an award-winning team that not only generates excellent digital content of its own but also embraces other creators who form part of the university community, such as student vloggers. In this episode of Research Comms Barney Brown talks about the power of authenticity, how academic institutions can tap into the creativity of their members, as well as giving advise on what social media platforms offer the greatest returns on investment. To ------------------------- Research Comms is produced by Peter Barker, digital media producer and director of Orinoco Communications, which is a communications agency that specialises in the communication of research and innovation in science, the soc...

44 MINFEB 28
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BARNEY BROWN

S2 Ep9: The Science Media Centre's Fiona Fox on the relationship between scientists and the press

In this episode The Science Media Centre's Fiona Fox talks about the turbulent time in the late 1990s/early 2000s when science was rocked by a number of adverse news stories that led to the formation of her organisation. She reflects on how things have changed in the seventeen years since the SMC started, the impact of digital technology on science journalism, and the danger posed if scientists decided to retreat to their ivory towers. ---------------------- LINKS http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/ www.orinococomms.com

49 MINFEB 13
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S2 Ep9: The Science Media Centre's Fiona Fox on the relationship between scientists and the press

S2 Ep8: Dr Kat Arney

This week's guest is science communication extraordinaire, Dr Kat Arney. Kat cut her scicomm teeth at Cancer Research UK where she spent 12 years before a hugely successful run with phenomenally successful podcast series The Naked Scientists. Now she is a freelancer producer and has her own science communication consulting company. Her latest work is the brilliant podcast, Genetics Unzipped. Through her years in the science communication sector Kat has developed an acute understanding of what it takes to engage people with compelling and accessible narratives and she was kind enough to share her wisdom with me in this episode. --------------- Kat's website First Create the Media Genetics Unzipped --------------- Research Comms is produced and presented by Peter Barker in association with Orinoco Communications. Orinoco is a digital communications agency that specialises in the communication of research and innovation. www.orinococomms.com

41 MINFEB 7
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S2 Ep8: Dr Kat Arney

S2 Ep7: Jonathan Haidt on Communicating Across Cultural Divides

That we’re living in highly polarised times won’t come as news to most people. Our natural propensity to tribalism has been let loose and public discourse has given way to people ranting and raving at anybody who doesn’t share their worldview. And all of this comes at a time when we need strong and healthy debates more than ever to to tackle the major challenges we face. So what can we do to encourage better communication across political and cultural divides? How can we have productive conversations about issues like climate change that have become so politically and culturally loaded? In this episode of Research Comms social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, author of the superb book ‘The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion’ talks about how we can break down barriers by talking to people’s ‘elephants’ and why the defence of viewpoint diversity in academic and research institutions is one of the most critical battles of our times, an argument la...

39 MINJAN 24
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S2 Ep7: Jonathan Haidt on Communicating Across Cultural Divides

S02 Ep6: The British Academy's Communications Director, Liz Hutchinson

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. For almost 120 years the Academy has been championing these disciplines and boasts some of their most distinguished scholars as fellows, past and present, including John Maynard Keynes, C.S. Lewis, Mary Beard and Rowan Williams. Recently the BA announced a new strategic plan that places reinvigorated communications at its core, so for this episode of Research Comms I caught up the Communications Director, Liz Hutchinson, to find out more about their plans. --------------------------- British Academy Website British Academy Blog Wonkhe article by Liz Hutchinson Diarmaid MacCulloch on 'What are the humanities?' --------------------------- www.orinococomms.com Research Comms Blog

30 MINJAN 16
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S02 Ep6: The British Academy's Communications Director, Liz Hutchinson

S02 Ep5: Hana Ayoob

Hana Ayoob is a science communicator with a plethora of skills. She is a festival organiser who has helped run some of the UK’s biggest science events, she is a comedian, a consultant, an illustrator and one quarter of the excellent science podcast ‘Why Aren’t You A Doctor Yet?’ In this week’s episode of Research Comms Hana talks about her multi-pronged approach to scicomm, what it’s like being a new-found freelancer and why she is so committed to supporting minorities in STEM. This episode can also be found over on the Research Comms Blog. Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast if you like what you hear and please feel free to leave a review! ----------------------------- To see/hear what Hana does check out here work here: http://www.hanaayoob.co.uk/ For her illustrations: http://www.curiousoctopus.co.uk/ Why Aren't You A Doctor Yet? podcast: https://wayady.podbean.com/

29 MINJAN 10
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S02 Ep5: Hana Ayoob

S02 Ep4: Sam Illingworth on Communication of Climate Science

In this week's episode I welcome back friend of the podcast and science communicator, Sam Illingworth, to talk with me about the recent report 'Climate Communication in Practice - How Are We Engaging the UK Public with Climate Change?' produced by Sam and members of the Climate Communications Project. We discuss the importance of identifying specific audiences, the need to understand their beliefs and values, and how it's ok for scientists to have opinions. Here are links to some of the things discussed: The Climate Communications Project Report Yale Climate Change Communication Report 2017 The Age of Consequences documentary How Not to Talk About Climate Science YouTube Climate Visuals Project

39 MIN2018 DEC 12
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S02 Ep4: Sam Illingworth on Communication of Climate Science
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