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“The Forum,” where science comes to socialize, is a biweekly audio podcast produced by a team of female scientists who specialize in contextualizing S&T advances for sci-curious novices and experts alike. The show is hosted by the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP).

Interested in infectious disease, food security, climate change, or synthetic biology? Curious about how scientific advancements, such as GMOs or medical interventions, are regulated? Wonder how science might help us solve society’s most pressing challenges, and how it might come up short? With new episodes released every-other Monday, you’ll always be in-the-know about today’s science without having to break out your old high school textbooks.

(Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts reflect the views of conference participants (Episodes 1-74) or featured guests (Episodes 75+). Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in these episodes are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.)

ISGP's "The Forum" Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP)

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    • 4.9, 9 Ratings

“The Forum,” where science comes to socialize, is a biweekly audio podcast produced by a team of female scientists who specialize in contextualizing S&T advances for sci-curious novices and experts alike. The show is hosted by the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP).

Interested in infectious disease, food security, climate change, or synthetic biology? Curious about how scientific advancements, such as GMOs or medical interventions, are regulated? Wonder how science might help us solve society’s most pressing challenges, and how it might come up short? With new episodes released every-other Monday, you’ll always be in-the-know about today’s science without having to break out your old high school textbooks.

(Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts reflect the views of conference participants (Episodes 1-74) or featured guests (Episodes 75+). Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in these episodes are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.)

    Ep. 113: Sugar, We're Goin' Down

    Ep. 113: Sugar, We're Goin' Down

    HOT TOPIC: Sugar substitutes.
    Sugar substitutes are popular for many reasons, but rumors about their impacts on health are rampant. Do sweeteners improve dental health and reduce diabetes risk? Do they cause cancer? Or are they just a neutral component of your favorite diet soda?
    Featuring: Erik Millstone, University of Sussex

    Socialize with science on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using @ISGPforum.

    Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts within the "Hot Topics Series" (Episodes 75+) reflect the views expressed by featured guests. Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in this episode are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information on The Forum, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.

    • 30 min
    Ep. 112: Say Hello to Your Little Friends

    Ep. 112: Say Hello to Your Little Friends

    HOT TOPIC: Pre- and probiotics.
    What are prebiotics and probiotics, and how do they interact with the gut microbiome? Plus, you might be surprised to learn how probiotic supplements are regulated.
    Featuring: Mindy Haar, New York Institute of Technology

    Socialize with science on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using @ISGPforum.

    Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts within the "Hot Topics Series" (Episodes 75+) reflect the views expressed by featured guests. Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in this episode are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information on The Forum, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.

    • 26 min
    Ep. 111: To Infinity and Beyond

    Ep. 111: To Infinity and Beyond

    HOT TOPIC: Space exploration.
    Discover some of the greatest remaining challenges associated with space exploration, as well as the technologies being developed to overcome them. Plus, can international agreements ensure that off-planet exporation occurs responsibly?
    Featuring: Lynn Rothschild, NASA

    Socialize with science on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using @ISGPforum.

    Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts within the "Hot Topics Series" (Episodes 75+) reflect the views expressed by featured guests. Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in this episode are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information on The Forum, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.

    • 29 min
    Ep. 110: If at First You Don't Succeed

    Ep. 110: If at First You Don't Succeed

    HOT TOPIC: Sustainable Development Goals.
    The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are a set of targets for the world to meet by the year 2030. Learn how science and technology can help us accomplish them.
    Featuring: Darin Detwiler, Northeastern University

    Socialize with science on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using @ISGPforum.

    Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts within the "Hot Topics Series" (Episodes 75+) reflect the views expressed by featured guests. Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in this episode are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information on The Forum, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 109: Meet the Plastics

    Ep. 109: Meet the Plastics

    HOT TOPIC: Plastic pollution.
    Plastic pollution in waterways harms marine life and could even affect human health. Learn how a combination of individual and collective actions can help make a dent in this growing global challenge.
    Featuring: Kera Abraham Panni, Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Socialize with science on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using @ISGPforum.

    Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts within the "Hot Topics Series" (Episodes 75+) reflect the views expressed by featured guests. Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in this episode are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information on The Forum, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 108: The Fine Print

    Ep. 108: The Fine Print

    HOT TOPIC: 3D printing.
    3D printing is a technology that could transform the manufacturing industry, making supply chains more environmentally and economically sound. Learn how 3D printing works, the societal opportunities and challenges it provides, and how policy makers could play a role in guiding its use.
    Featuring: Joe DeSimone, Carbon

    Socialize with science on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using @ISGPforum.

    Disclaimer: The ISGP is a nonprofit organization that does not lobby for any position except rational thinking. Podcasts within the "Hot Topics Series" (Episodes 75+) reflect the views expressed by featured guests. Furthermore, a member of the co-host team is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, but the views expressed in this episode are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government. For more information on The Forum, please visit www.ISGPforum.org.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Danielle1195 ,

A Worthwhile Listen

I love listening to this podcast during my commute! It's so refreshing to heard modern women reacting to and commenting on current events at the intersection between science and policy. I appreciate that I now have a way to stay up to date on cutting-edge issues in an interesting and engaging way! The way they summarize the panels and make it so accessible to general audiences is something the scientific community truly needs. Well worth listening to this clearly well-educated ladies!

tmhalsey ,

I've found what I've been searching for

I listen to many great podcasts and this is my first review. Here is exactly what I wanted from a podcast: female voices talking about science and public policy in brief! These ladies do an excellent job covering hot topic science issues that effect the public at large. They strip down large documents and technical papers to key facts and issues that people need to know about. As a budding scientist and someone who is looking into getting more involved in science and policy, I am truly grateful for this resource. Please don't ever leave me!

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