36 episodes

How can we 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.

In 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 can we 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.

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

    RAVEN BAXTER aka Raven The Science Maven on diversity in STEM and #BlackInSciComm Week

    RAVEN BAXTER aka Raven The Science Maven on diversity in STEM and #BlackInSciComm Week

    This week’s guest is Raven Baxter, aka Raven the Science Maven.
    Raven is a molecular biologist and science communicator who, as well as sharing her love of science with the world, is also a huge champion of greater diversity in the STEM sector. One of the most notable ways that she’s challenge stereotypical ideas of what a scientists should look and act like is a rap song that she recorded and produced a video for called Big Ole Geeks. 
    She also recently gave a TEDX talk about the narrow way in which scientists are represented in the media and the damaging effect that the lack of representation of Black and other minority groups in the STEM world is having on Black people who are trying to forge careers as scientists, and also on the STEM sector as a whole.
    Her latest venture is as lead organiser of #BlackInSciComm Week that starts on Sunday 4th October and runs until 10th October 2020. As we hear from Raven, it’s been created as an opportunity for Black science communicators to recentre themselves after the traumatic events of past months, to amplify existing Black scicommers and to provide support and training for new, upcoming Black communicators of science.
    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications
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    LINKS
    #BlackInSciComm Twitter
    BlackInSciComm website
    Raven The Science Maven website
    Raven's 'You Don't Look Like a Scientist!' TEDx talk
    Big Ole Geeks music video

    • 36 min
    DR SUSANNA L HARRIS the scicomm expert talks about how to build an engaged online community

    DR SUSANNA L HARRIS the scicomm expert talks about how to build an engaged online community

    This week’s guest is Dr Susanna L Harris, a former microbiologist turned science communicator. Susanna has been developing a large, engaged community of followers on social media ever since she started PhD Balance, an organisation that she set up in 2018 to address the needs of graduate students who are experiencing problems with their mental health.
    Presented by Peter Barker
    Produced by Orinoco Communications
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    OTHER LINKS
    Dr Susanna Harris website: https://susannalharris.com/
    Twitter: @SusannaLHarris
    Instagram: @susannalharris
    PhD Balance: https://www.phdbalance.com/
    ComSciCon-MI 2020 Keynote Address on YouTube: https://bit.ly/303yho9

    • 38 min
    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
    *Video Abstracts*
    For more info on our new video abstracts service check out our webpage: https://orinococomms.com/vid-abstracts

    • 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

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