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How we can most effectively communicate research in science, the social sciences and humanities to ensure it has positive, real-world impact? That's the question being explored in this podcast, presented by Peter Barker, the director of research communications agency, Orinoco Communications.

Each episode Peter chats to someone who's doing particularly interesting and inspiring work to engage the public with research.

Research Comms Peter Barker

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How we can most effectively communicate research in science, the social sciences and humanities to ensure it has positive, real-world impact? That's the question being explored in this podcast, presented by Peter Barker, the director of research communications agency, Orinoco Communications.

Each episode Peter chats to someone who's doing particularly interesting and inspiring work to engage the public with research.

    The Future of Scientific Conferences

    The Future of Scientific Conferences

    COVID has meant that scientific conferences, as we’ve previously known them, have ceased to exist.
    Many events have responded by shifting their activities online, creating new virtual conferences, where attendees can join from the comfort of their own homes, wherever they might be.
    So what does this mean for the communication of research going forwards? Is it possible to replicate the special magic of an in-person event online? Can meaningful collaborations be forged in chat rooms? Will it ever be possible to return to the old days? Do we even want to? Or has that pre-pandemic conference model already had its time?
    That is the topic of this week’s episode and over the past couple of weeks I’ve interviewed a number of experts to try and answer some of those questions.
    - Susanne Buiter, former Chair of the Program Committee for the European Geosciences Union
    - Johnny Palmer, founder and CEO of Pytch, an events and experiences company
    - Lauren Parr, Vice President of Meetings at the American Geophysical Union
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    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications
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    • 23 min
    SUW CHARMAN-ANDERSON, Founder of Ada Lovelace Day

    SUW CHARMAN-ANDERSON, Founder of Ada Lovelace Day

    In this episode of the Research Comms podcast, Suw Charman-Anderson tells the story of how Ada Lovelace Day started over ten years ago and how it has evolved over time. She also discusses how the COVID19 pandemic is prompting the event to return its online roots this year, and how we can all be part of the struggle to increase diversity in STEM.
    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications
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    LINKS
    Details ALD Online: https://findingada.com/events/ada-lovelace-day-live/
    Call for proposals for the Finding Ada Virtual STEM Conference: https://findingada.com/finding-ada-virtual-stem-conference-submit-a-talk/
    Newsletter: https://findingada.com/get-involved/ald-newsletter/
    Web: FindingAda.com
    Twitter: @findingada
    Facebook: AdaLovelaceDay
     

    • 47 min
    WENDY JARRETT, Understanding Animal Research

    WENDY JARRETT, Understanding Animal Research

    In this episode of the Research Comms podcast, Wendy Jarrett, CEO of Understanding Animal Research, talks about changing attitudes towards animal research over the past thirty years, about some of the most common myths that opponents use in arguments against animal research, and how scientists should communicate with members of the public about the use of animals in their research.
    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications

    • 31 min
    Medical Research Charities: Communicating in a Crisis

    Medical Research Charities: Communicating in a Crisis

    Medical research charities have been hit hard by the disruptive effects of the pandemic, with many fundraising events cancelled for the foreseeable future and charity shops shuttered for months during lockdown. 
    Plummeting income has meant they've had to pause or stop research projects, withdraw future funding and lay off staff.
    In this episode Peter Barker interviews three experts about the crisis.
    - Leonora Neale, Communications Manager at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)
    - Richard Berks, a freelance science writer and communications consultant who specialises in helping medical research charities to engage with their supporters.
    - Matthew Lam, science communication manager at Worldwide Cancer Research.
    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications
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    LINKS
    To find out more about the AMRC's campaign and for links to the resources mentioned here and in the podcast visit this blog.
     
     

    • 19 min
    PROF. HEIDI LARSON on Vaccine Confidence

    PROF. HEIDI LARSON on Vaccine Confidence

    In this episode of the Research Comms podcast Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology Risk and Decision science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, discusses the causes of loss of confidence in vaccines all over the globe, in the hope that we might develop a more constructive way to engage with people who have doubts over vaccinations. She also discusses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on attitudes to vaccine safety, and the impact that those changing attitudes might have on our ability to fight the disease.
    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications
    LINKS
    Watch Professor Heidi Larson’s TEDMED talk here
    Pre-order Professor Larson’s book Stuck. How Vaccine Rumors Start - and Why They Don’t Go Away
    Read about the Vaccine Confidence Project here

    • 37 min
    DR SANDER VAN DER LINDEN on public perceptions of risk, uncertainty and how to 'prebunk' misinformation

    DR SANDER VAN DER LINDEN on public perceptions of risk, uncertainty and how to 'prebunk' misinformation

    In this episode of the Research Comms podcast Cambridge University psychologist, Dr Sander van der Linden, discusses the latest surveys that he and his colleagues at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication have conducted exploring this question. We also talk about his recent study into how people respond to uncertainty in communications, and his Fake News Game that inoculates players against misinformation.
    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications
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    LINKS
    Read more about the Fake News Vaccine here.
    And play the Fake News Game here
    Read the latest reports from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
    Read here about the study: Uncertainty about facts can be reported without damaging public trust in news

    • 44 min

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