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3 days ago
The Alchemy of Us with Ainissa Ramirez
We spoke to materials scientist and author Ainissa Ramirez about her brilliant new book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, all about the 8 inventions that shaped our society and the materials behind them. Relevant links: * The Alchemy of Us * @ainissaramirez
Jun 17, 2020
Kindness as the Key to Our Future with Rutger Bregman
In this episode we chat to historian Rutger Bregman author of Humankind: A Hopeful History (2020) and the bestseller Utopia For Realists (2014). We talk about the shaky social studies and historical perspectives that have driven a wedge between communities, kindness as a fundamental trait of humanity, and the people who are baking cooperation and decency into their institutional structures. Relevant Links * Humankind: A Hopeful History * Utopia for Realists * Rutger's Twitter
Jun 10, 2020
Finding Humanity in the Apocalypse with Mark O'Connell
We chat to Mark O'Connell author of To Be A Machine (2017) and Notes From An Apocalypse (2020). We talk about finding lessons about humanity in the strangest of places, being an awarded science writer while not considering himself a science writer, and privilege, decency and purpose. Relevant Links * Notes From An Apocalypse (2020) * To Be a Machine (2017) * Mark’s Twitter
Jun 3, 2020
Getting Lost in Math with Sabine Hossenfelder
In this episode we chat to Sabine Hossenfelder, a physicist and author of Lost in Math. In the book Sabine makes the case that physicists have committed themselves to ideas of beauty rooted in maths that are unsupported by the data. She calls for a radical re-evaluation of how physics is done. Relevant Links * Lost in Math (2018) * Sabine's Twitter
May 26, 2020
What We Talk About When We Talk About Disrupting Science
In this episode, we’re chatting about Science Disrupt 2.0 - what we mean when we talk about ‘disruption’, what deeper conversations we now need to have about science, and how and why our own ideas have evolved over the last 4 years. We talk about what’s changed in science since 2016, including the more open nature of critical conversation in academia; how the cult of personality (of consultants, startups and VCs) can make a mockery of science and tech, and what deeper questions aren’t being asked while many still problematic practices continue in research and tech transfer.
May 19, 2020
Abolishing Silicon Valley With Wendy Liu
In this episode we chat to Wendy Liu author of the brilliant book, Abolish Silicon Valley! We talk about the myth of the meritocracy, reclaiming entrepreneurship, and what innovation looks like beyond capitalism. Relevant Links * Abolish Silicon Valley (2020) * Wendy's Twitter Our quick review From inspiring early experiences in open-source software development, to crushing disappointment in the search for startup funding, Wendy Liu writes a refreshingly candid account of how she fell in, and then out, of love with the tech industry. Liu shows how the inhabitants of Silicon Valley - from the funders, to the founders - have abdicated their responsibility to society; that beneath the veneer of global connectivity and community-building, they have driven immense socio-economic inequality. But all is not lost as Liu argues: inequities borne from tech can be resolved if we're willing to hold up a mirror and address their causes, regardless of how close to home these may be.
May 12, 2020
Science communication in the age of Coronavirus
In this one we talk about people talking about science, and scicomm, and journalism, and open science. Some things we mentioned in the episode: * Why the coronavirus is so confusing - Ed Yong * Covid projections dashboard - David Yu * Covering science at dangerous speeds - Ivan Oransky * How to boost the spread of coronavirus science on social media - Samantha Yammine Twitter: * @lawrenceyolland * @gemmamilne * @sciencedisrupt
Apr 26, 2020
The Return ft. Gemma's Book
Gemma's book Smoke and Mirrors launched last week and we talk about it. You can pick up a copy here.
Sep 16, 2019
Solving Space Junk with Harriet Brettle
After a long summer we're back, and we're here to talk spaaaace! Specifically the issue of satellite sustainability and the startup leading the charge. In this episode of the Science: Disrupt podcast we chat to Harriet Brettle, Business Analyst at the startup Astroscale and co-founder of the London Space Network. Astroscale is a space startup that is developing a solution to the environmental concerns over space debris and all of the challenges that that can bring. We also discuss Harriet's path to Astroscale and her drive to establish the London Space Network and the benefits of community organisation.
May 25, 2019
How to Write our Future with Anne Charnock
In this episode we chat to science fiction author, Anne Charnock. For Anne's latest novel "Dreams Before the Start of Time" received the Arthur C Clarke award in 2018, and explores the future of fertility, and pre-natal genetic screening. Anne was also a Phillip K Dick Award nominee for here 2013 novel "A Calculated Life". It's becoming more and more clear that sci-fi and futurism can have great influence in our culture. In our chat with Anne we dive into the role of sci-fi as a launchpad for scientific exploration, the ethical obligations of the writer, the power of daydreaming, and how writers balance literary freedom with the maintenance of good grounded science. Relevant links: * Anne's website & twitter * Anne's chat with Elsa Sotiriadis at Hello Tomorrow (video)
Apr 10, 2019
Biology's Big Data Problem with Charles Fracchia
In this episode we chat to Charles Fracchia, CEO and Co-Founder of BioBright a bioscience data company driven to make labs faster and smarter. Showing that building out a smart lab isn't the preserve of the roboticists, Biobright hoovers up every drop of experimental data with a view to make science more reproducible. Their product 'DarwinSync' can hook up to you electronic lab notebooks, be searched through voice, and can even help with the analysis and visualisation of lab data. Charles' CV reads like a who's who of science innovation, from his IBM PhD Fellowship in the MIT Media Lab, to working in George Church's lab at the Wyss Institute. He was also an early intern at Ginkgo Bioworks. He's even been named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. Relevant articles: * All about BioBright * Charles' Site * A feature in Scientific American on reproducibility * Labiotech piece on lab automation
Feb 23, 2019
The Science of Storytelling with Kat Arney
In this episode we chat to science writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and now communications consultant Dr Kat Arney on all things science communication! We dive into the current state of the science communication industry, from the tools of the trade, things that 'scicommers' can improve, and the work Kat does training researchers in the art of storytelling. Relevant links: * Kat's Twitter * Kat's podcast Genetics Unzipped * Kat's book - Herding Hemingway's Cats * Gemma's Article on 'Why Science Needs Advertising'
Feb 10, 2019
Viral Misinformation with Richard Clarke
In today's episode we are joined by Richard Clarke, a PhD researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine! Richard is a member of the the Vaccine Confidence Project, an initiative that monitors public confidence in immunisation for the purpose of detecting public concerns around vaccines. These concerns can have massive implications for the effectiveness of vaccine programmes and as such researchers must address them as early as possible. In this episode we explore what researchers can do to effectively communicate science on-and-off-line (it turns out caps lock, insults, and twitter mobs aren't very convincing...), and the results of his research that suggests that on the whole people are less vulnerable to online pseudoscience than we might think. We also chat about his involvement in the Skeptic community, and the role that public trust in authority plays in vaccine hesitancy. Richard's PhD focusses on the information seeking behaviours of mothers as they make a v…
Feb 4, 2019
Feeding the World with Hila Cohen
In today's episode Gemma speaks to Hila Cohen the International Business Development Lead of the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator. We dive into the invaluable work done by the WFP, the benefits of considerate locally focussed innovations in food tech, and whether there should be concerns given the aging farming community. The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies and nurtures solutions to hunger globally. They also provide financial support to WFP innovators and external start-ups, and access to a network of experts. The WFP believes that the way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but identifying and testing solutions in an agile way. * Hila's Twitter * The WFP Innovation Accelerator * Article: "821 million reasons bootcamp teams will disrupt hunger" If you enjoyed this episode, why not give it a rating or review :)
Jan 6, 2019
The Science Set - From Ghana and Beyond
Today's guest is Antipem Ofori Charles, a Ghanaian inventor and entrepreneur who is intent on transforming science education within Ghana and beyond. Antipem is the founder of the DEXT Technology, an accessible science set designed to engage students in underserved communities with the wonder of science. One of Antipem's inspirations for developing DEXT was through his own pathway into science. His father, a local high school teacher, framed what it meant to be a scientist for him by designing rain collection experiments with the simplest of equipment...a bottle and a funnel. This spirit of democratisation of science through ease of access has been woven into development of the Science Set. Affordable, but with a diverse array of resources, it sets up students with the tools they need to develop their drive to tinker and experiment. * DEXT Technology * Twitter * BBC article on The Science Set
Nov 24, 2018
Find a Way Make a Way with Harry Destecroix
In this episode we are joined by our pal, the inimitable Harry Destecroix. Harry is CEO of Unit DX and Carbometrics, and is former CEO of Ziylo. We chat about why (and how) he managed to have such a mental job title, how Bristol is fast becoming a spinout factory, and how entrepreneurship can be fostered in the sciences with just a little bit more education, and a bit more ecosystem support. If you want to find out more about the story of Ziylo and Carbometrics, Gemma covered the astounding news of their sale to Novo Nordisk in Forbes earlier this year.
Aug 4, 2018
DIY Bio in the Bay with Mary Ward
In this episode we chat to Mary Ward, the co-founder of Counter Culture Labs, an Oakland based community space that draws a diverse crowd to scientific exploration.
Jun 14, 2018
Losing the Nobel Prize with Brian Keating
In this episode we chat to UC San Diego Physicist Brian Keating on his new book 'Losing the Nobel Prize'. Brian Keating was in the running for a Nobel with the gravitational waves discovery, but his Nobel hopes evaporated when what they had really detected was the cosmologists nemesis ... interstellar dust. Brian talks us through the history of the Nobel, scientific incentives, and the perception of the Nobel through time. We also delve into some key things that the Nobel should change - such as, nominating organisations or lab groups rather than an arbitrarily selected three, having research categories that reflect science as it is today, and of course address the tremendous gender disparity in the nominations.
Mar 29, 2018
The Road to Open Science Hardware
In this episode we spoke to Dr Jenny Molloy, a Cambridge Synthetic Biologist who, among many things, is the Director of the Cambridge Biomakespace, and is on the organising committee for the Gathering for Open Science Hardware. We spoke about her work in developing the GOSH manifesto, and the recently released Open Science Hardware Roadmap which advocates for open science hardware as a ubiquitous component of everyday lab life. We also dove into the space that hardware fits into, in the ever active Open Science community. How do the open hardware advocates differ from those keen to shake up academic publishing. We were also keen to find out more on how open science hardware projects are disseminated, not just to the fellow academics but to the wider public at large. And how this area of 'science disruption' could have a massive impact on the reproducibility of research.
Mar 27, 2018
*SXSW Bonus Episode* Building an Ecosystem for Science Startups
*Bonus Episode* Gemma moderated a panel at SXSW on building an ecosystem for science startups with Ana Florescu of Science Practice, Harry Destecroix of UnitDx, and Dominic Falcao of Deep Science Ventures.
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Feb 3, 2018
The Biotech Rebels with Elsa Sotiriadis
This episode we spoke to Elsa Sotiriadis, the Chief Futurist and Program Director of Rebel Bio. Rebel Bio is the world's first life science accelerator, based initially out of Cork, they have worked with startups tackling synthetic meat, algae derived materials, and drug repurposing using AI. They have recently brought in their first cohort to their 2nd home in London, where they will work out of the new White City Incubator. We were keen to break down the different science startup ecosystems that Cork and London have become, and discuss the amazing things that these companies aim to achieve. We were also intrigued by Elsa's passion for science fiction, specifically the passage of inspiration between science fiction and research and back again.
Jan 20, 2018
Breaking Research out the Lab with Hemai Parthasarathy
We spoke to Hemai Parthasarathy, the Scientific Director of Breakout Labs, a fund for early stage deep tech startups to get their research out of the lab. Hemai started out as a neuroscientist at MIT, and moved from academia to the field of publishing as the North American Editor of Nature and went on to be one of the founding editors of PLOS, building PLOS Biology and PLOS One. So as you can imagine we were keen to get Hemai's perspective on a whole host of subjects straddling academia and industry. Hemai broke down what Breakout Labs looks for in their startups and founders, and the diverse group of startups that they have invested in so far. These include companies working in stem cell derived bone replacement, gecko inspired adhesive materials, and even renewable energy startups harnessing the power of the ocean.
Jan 12, 2018
Exploring European Biotech with Philip Hemme
This episode we speak to Philip Hemme, the founder and CEO of Labiotech, the leading media organisation covering European biotech. We talk about their rapid growth as a startup, the current state of biotech media, their internationally diverse team, and the benefits of 'open science' to biotech startups.
Dec 14, 2017
Food from the Lab with Erin Kim
This episode we chatted to Erin Kim the Communications Director at New Harvest, a non-profit research institute focussed on making cellular agriculture a reality. We talk about the the current state of lab grown meat, the importance of effective science communication in a field prone to hype or hysteria, and the community New Harvest are building through their events.
Nov 27, 2017
From Cambridge to the Commons with Julian Huppert
This episode features Julian Huppert, former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, and now Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College Cambridge. We chat about Julian's journey from academia to the House of Commons where he was recognised as the only scientist, a moniker that Julian was keen to not let define and confine his policy goals. We wanted to get his insight into the general state of scientific understanding in parliament, and how scientists can better engage politicians with topics that matter to them. It's an unfortunate stereotype that scientists often hold politics at arm's length, there may not be a need for all scientists to be politically activated but involvement in the political process can as Julian notes be pretty easy behaviours to foster. We were also eager to dive into his new(ish) role as Director of the Intellectual Forum, an organisation that has critical thinking and open discussion at its core, covering an impressive breadth of topics which can essent…
Oct 31, 2017
From Side Project to Startup with Bethan Wolfenden
This episode we chatted to Bethan Wolfenden, the co-founder of Bento Bioworks, a biotech startup that has created a 'laptop size laboratory'. This kit allows the user to perform simple DNA analysis and dramatically reduces the cost of the components you'd need to analyse samples, thus lowering the barrier to entry for molecular biology. This episode is a very candid discussion about founding the company, as we cover the difficult decision to move on from a PhD to develop the company and the challenges of crowdfunding the product (of which they had a successful KickStarter campaign). We also meander through the burgeoning DIY bio community, how the IGEM competition has informed her attitude towards science done within the confines of academia, and what citizen science can actually achieve (when it's not reduced to data collection).
Oct 20, 2017
Securing the Future of Food with Christine Gould
In this episode we chatted to Christine Gould, founder and CEO of the Thought for Food Foundation. Their annual conference, startup challenge and active community centres around the science and tech working to ensure we have enough food to feed the world. With Christine, we talked about how to bring together diverse groups of people - startups, scientists, designers, policy makers, corporates and, in particular, young people, to work towards solutions. She explained how the TFF annual summit is centred around experience design and a strong culture of innovation (openness, collaboration, beginner's mindset, entrepreneurial methods, purpose before paycheck and larger-than-life energy), and that this can be replicated across sectors. Christine was particularly passionate about how young people can build and design the future, and how critical their involvement is. We were particularly interested in Christine's attitude towards agriculture in 2017 being a place ripe for tech and science…
Oct 10, 2017
Leading the Automation Revolution
In this episode we chatted to Kristin Ellis, the Scientific Development Lead at OpenTrons, about all things science. OpenTrons is a company that builds affordable open-source lab robots, that remove the need to perform tedious manual pipetting tasks, to free up valuable time for researchers. We touched on the importance of good science communication and the unfair stigma that often impacts researchers that are keen to involve and talk to the public, and the true value of encouraging that "...and then it just clicked" moment with people previously disengaged with science. We also spoke about the innovative ways tinkerers have adapted their open-source robots, the value of putting automation into the hands of the many, and the attitude shift required in science to promote prototyping and hacking. We were keen to see how OpenTrons has been received by academics looking to streamline their research and were fascinated by their passage through Haxclr8tr (a hardware startup accelerator, no…
Sep 29, 2017
Getting to Science 2.0
This episode Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media joins us in a far reaching conversation spanning the whole science ecosystem. From the communication of science, to liberating knowledge generated by research from the confines of the static PDF, to the mutual learning experience of colliding technologists and academics, Tim has been regarded as a thought leader in Silicon Valley over the past few decades, popularising the terms open source and web 2.0. So we were interested to see how he believes the rapid technological advancement of late could impact science and academic culture.. O'Reilly Media also operates an awesome conference called SciFoo. The event is a partnership between O'Reilly, Google, Digital Science, and the Nature Publishing Group which brings together an interdisciplinary cohort of scientists, as well as technologists and policy makers, so it was great to hear how Tim feels collaboration can be done in the 21st century.
Sep 4, 2017
Quantum Computing in Startup Land
We speak to Chad Rigetti, CEO of quantum computing startup Rigetti Computing. We dive deep into the challenges that face deep tech startups, the core debates within quantum computing, and what it's like to compete with the likes of Google in this brave new world of the future computer. We wanted to get an insight into what's actually going on behind the scenes in the burgeoning quantum computing industry. We were also intrigued as to how a startup is able to play competitively in a space that requires so much up front investment and such a focus on experimental and theoretical research.
Jul 28, 2017
Open Minds, Open Hardware
This episode was recorded in the bowels of Sussex University when we met up with Tom Baden a Neuroscientist interested in how the visual system processes information. Our motivation for chatting to Tom was a brilliant project called the FlyPi that he developed, along with Andre Chagas another Neuroscientist who joined us via the magic of Skype. FlyPi is a great representation of a seemingly growing phenomena of DIY tools within the labs - you can read the paper for the specs, but in short it's a 3D printed lab for imaging experiments - specifically of the fruit fly (as the name FlyPi might suggest). Along with the FoldScope, and a number of other simple, cheap tools (including a fidget spinner centrifuge ...), the ability to probe the natural world in a meaningful way is being made available to a much wider audience. We spoke a bunch about Tom's Trend in Africa programme, which trains up researchers in underserved parts of the continent so they're up to scratch with the latest neuros…
Jul 24, 2017
Science in Seattle
This episode we speak to Zach Mueller, an Amazon Data Scientist and co-Founder of Sound.Bio, Seattle's first DIY Biohackspace. We wanted to hear about how they aim to build a community around biology, the challenges of setting up the lab, and the efforts they go to to educate Seattleites in modern biotech. Zach comes to biology with little experience, in fact he was drawn to the field after listening to a podcast that spoke about IGEM, the synthetic biology competition for undergraduate teams. This idea of arriving at the lab with a minimal background in the science, is what these biohackspaces are all about. They're a place where you can experiment with experimenting, learn new skills, and join a community that is committed to producing value through biotech. The space itself is kitted out with the kinds of tools you would expect in order to carry out modern biology experiments. However, the lab is also keen to leverage the skills and resourcefulness of the maker community, to reall…
Jul 12, 2017
Unearthing Tomorrow's Medicine
In this episode we spoke to Jackie Hunter, CEO of Benevolent Bio, a company that utilises machine learning and AI to find previously overlooked drug candidates within the research literature. Jackie was previously Chief Executive of the BBSRC and comes into the AI space with a wealth of experience in industrial drug discovery.
Jul 6, 2017
Reading and Writing in a Universal Language
In this episode we spoke to Emily Leproust, CEO of Twist Bioscience. Twist has revolutionised the process of synthesising DNA which is used in applications spanning drug discovery to optimising crop production and beyond.
Jun 30, 2017
Being Agile at 130
This week we spoke to Josh Ghaim, CTO of Johnson & Johnson. We were interested in how at around 130 years old, one of the largest organisations on the planet can stay nimble, forward facing, and seek out innovation in new places. We met Josh at the Hello Tomorrow conference last year, and were interested in how important that kind of face time is with budding healthcare innovators. We were keen to break down the role of J&J Innovation, an arm of the company that seeks to develop healthcare through entrepreneurship. This includes the international JLabs and JLinx accelerators. Josh also spoke about their Africa Innovation Challenge, which offers budding founders up to $100,000, in the areas of early childhood development and maternal health to name a few.
Jun 15, 2017
Truth, Beauty, Science
Our latest episode is with Tom Zeller Jr the Editor in Chief of Undark (formerly at the New York Times). Undark was set up as way of applying hard hitting investigative journalism to the intersection of science and society. Supported by the Knight Foundation, Undark is unbeholden to advertisers which allows them to tackle the cases they want to. We think their description blows anything we could say out of the water... "" The name Undark arises from a murky, century-old mingling of science and commerce — one that resulted in an industrial and consumer product that was both awe-inspiring and, as scientists would later prove, toxic and deadly. We appropriate the name as a signal to readers that our magazine will explore science not just as a “gee-whiz” phenomenon, but as a frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture. As such, the intersection of science and society — the place where science is articulated in our politics an…
Jun 1, 2017
This episode we chatted to Hugh Forrest, the newly minted Chief Programming Officer of South by South West (SXSW). This role puts Hugh in charge of one of the most dynamic and diverse conferences around, covering around 1300 panels & talks, approximately 2000 bands, and roughly 300 films (many making their premieres at SXSW). Hugh's been at SXSW since the "stone ages" of the conference (way back in 1989...) - in fact he was the first paid employee! We were keen to see how SXSW has evolved over time by incorporating new tech and science streams, committing to the city of Austin, and bringing in some of the most sought after speakers - Vice President Joe Biden and CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna made an appearance this year. We were fascinated by how SXSW has come to be the engaging and inclusive conference that people come back to year on year. And more specifically what can science conference organisers learn from the SXSW model.
May 18, 2017
The Reinvention of Research
This week we chatted to Chris Hartgerink a PhD metascientist (the science of science) and open access advocate, whose core focus is on data fraud. Chris was recently featured in this Guardian piece - he ruffled plenty of feathers when he modified and implemented Statcheck, a tool developed by fellow metascientist Michèle Nuijten that scans tens of thousands of research papers and analyses the credibility of the findings. We talk data fabrication, the unfortunate resistance to skepticism in science, how to separate criticisms of research findings from personal attacks, and how we can reinvent science with what we know now.
May 11, 2017
Bringing Science to the Senate
This episode we chatted to Michael Eisen (@mbeisen), a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Michael is a core advocate of the Open Science movement Co-Founding the Public Library of Science (PLOS). He is also, as of this April, an aspiring Senator (you can follow his alter-ego at @SenatorPhD). We spoke about bringing science down from its ivory tower, the merits of being a politically engaged scientist, and how the issue of diversity in science (..and politics) is far from solved.
May 4, 2017
Science's Mission Control
We were joined by Alok Tayi, CEO and Co-Founder of TetraScience, a Y Combinator alumni company that utilises IoT to transform how research is done. We talk about the current state of 'disconnected' research, being open to innovation within science, and how tech can give researchers their weekend back.
Apr 19, 2017
Silicon Valley Science
We spoke to Ryan Bethencourt, the Program Director and Venture Partner at IndieBio - the world's largest seed biotech accelerator - about building the science startups of tomorrow, the importance of the hustler, and why more risk should be taken in the medical research process..!
Mar 8, 2017
Science's Digital Toolbox
We spoke to Alon Vitenshtein Co-Founder of LabWorm, a newly launched, crowd-sourced platform for scientists in the digital age. LabWorm wants to make research more efficient by taking the stress and randomness out of the search for useful research tools. Whether you're seeking image analysis software, resources for cutting edge proteomics, or even a great podcast that reaches out to the brilliant scientific innovators (...yes we're featured on the site) - LabWorm have got you covered!
Feb 23, 2017
The Science Diplomats
Recorded a week after Trump's Inauguration, this week's episode is with Richard Burge, Chief Executive of Wilton Park - an executive agency of the Foreign Office who helps coordinate Global political discussions - about the diplomacy of science. We chat chemical weapons, bioterrorism and nuclear treaties; we discuss why there are historians and classicists in policy but so few scientists; and how we ensure those who are making International decisions are clued up on the latest discoveries and advancements. This one's a goody...
Jan 25, 2017
Accelerator Seeking Startups
We sat down (over Skype) with the fascinating Sijbrand de Jong, President of Council at CERN, to chat about how CERN is working with startups, the importance of basic science and the story of how he managed to miss the discovery of the Higgs Boson..!
Jan 11, 2017
How do they do it?
We caught up with Lenny Teytelman, Co-Founder of Protocols.io about the importance of Scientists sharing their how-to's and his story of becoming an accidental founder. Protocols.io acts as a GitHub for scientific methods, with collaboration, credit, and reproducibility at its core.
Dec 18, 2016
The PhD Founders
This episode we chatted to Alice Bentinck Co-Founder of Code First Girls and Entrepreneur First about the importance of upskilling, flipping the perception of PhD utility, and the rise of domain specialist founders.
Nov 30, 2016
Demystifying Surgery With VR
We sat down with the wonderful Dr Shafi Ahmed and Steve Dann, founders of Medical Realities, an organisation specialising in the innovation of surgical training through virtual reality, and augmented reality. We talk about the importance of transparency for the medical profession, the power of VR, and their world first 360 degree surgical livestream back in April 2016! It's a good one...
Nov 3, 2016
On Exposing Pseudoscience
This time we chatted to Michael Marshall, Co-Founder of the Merseyside Skeptic Society, and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society, on the value of effective communication, the ongoing battle against pseudoscience, and the importance of exposing yourself to disagreeable ideas.
Oct 19, 2016
Rise of the Research Entrepreneurs
We spoke to Dr Ceri Brenner, an Application Development Physicist at the STFC. Based out of Harwell, Ceri marries research with entrepreneurialism, focussing on how to spin out innovations related to the powerful lasers she works with. We chatted about the importance of flexibility in academia and what innovation really means in science!
Oct 5, 2016
The Science Sharing Revolution
We sat down with Mark Hahnel founder of Figshare - an online data sharing platform for researchers - to talk open science, founding a startup in the midst of a PhD, and the death of paper lab notebooks.
Sep 21, 2016
Healthcare Needs Mavericks
We spoke to Maxine Mackintosh, Chair of Health Tech Women UK about innovations in health technology, creating communities for empowering women in STEM and balancing PhD and organisational leadership life! AND THERE'S A LIMERICK....
Sep 7, 2016
Going Where the Others Aren't
Nobel laureate Eric Betzig joined us to talk blue skies thinking, the benefits of naval gazing, open access, and why in science being risk averse can be the riskiest choice of all.
Aug 26, 2016
Imagining a Metric-Free Science
We spoke to Dr Shelly Moram who leads the Functional Nitrides Group at the Department of Materials at Imperial College London about how to disrupt the way we do research and university teaching. We chatted about the metric-driven culture of universities, new ways to open up 'blue sky thinking' in scientific research, the Ivory Tower of Science and how to fight the academic 'brain drain'.
Aug 14, 2016
Science is Vital
We spoke to Andrew Steele (@statto) founder of Scienceogram and Vice-Chair of Science is Vital about the funding landscape within the UK and the impact that Brexit may have on the the pockets of the countries research institutions and the potential of losing some serious intellectual capital from overseas.
Jul 27, 2016
The Battle for Open Science
The Open Science movement is gaining momentum and there is some seriously exciting initiatives driving for transparency and alternative methods of sharing scientific data. But it's got a big obstacle to overcome; the traditional academic publishing model. Ross Mounce, Editor at RIO Journal, chats to us about the distressing state of the academic publishing industry, a multi-billion pound behemoth. With enormous subscription costs paid for by the researchers who provide them with the material in the first place, extra costs to open up those papers to the wider public (whose tax dollars fund the research), archaic review processes that are ripe for innovation, and advocates that would make even the most cynical tobacco lobbyist squirm; this is going to be quite the battle.
Jul 13, 2016
Maths, Beyond the Calculator
We spoke to Conrad Wolfram, Strategic and International Director of Wolfram Research, and founder of Computer Based Math. He was keen to talk about disrupting maths education by teaching broader problem solving rather than pure computation, the importance of getting your message out there, and what's standing in the way of progress and educational reform.
Jun 1, 2016
Science and Storytelling Collide with Mark Levinson
We speak to Mark Levinson, Director of Particle Fever, about telling the human stories behind the Higgs Boson discovery, making the complex beautifully compelling, and what's next for the particle physicist turned Film-Maker.