Unlocking science: An ISC-BBC Storyworks partnership

Recognizing the heightened interest in scientific practice provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly dangerous climate change, in 2021 the ISC entered a partnership with BBC StoryWorks to develop ‘Unlocking Science’: a multimedia hub featuring films, dynamic articles and podcasts.

The series tells diverse stories from across a range of disciplines that demonstrate the transformative power of scientific innovation and progress. Each story showcases evidence-based actions towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The research featured also demonstrates the ways in which communities engage with science and innovation to deliver transformation, from practical solutions to shaping our understanding of the problem.

Stories featured were submitted by ISC Members and Affiliate Members, as well as members of the ISC’s research programmes, drawn from a pool of nearly 200 submissions from 69 different sources. A peer review group including representatives from three ISC Members also assessed the scientific content of each story before publication.

‘Our sincere thanks to the BBC and ISC, for both allowing us the opportunity to be part of this incredible initiative, and the support we have received during the process. Congratulations on the launch and we look forward to future initiatives.’

Kevin Govender, Office of Astronomy for Development

Since its launch on 9 November 2021, ‘Unlocking Science’ has far exceeded expectations for reach, being viewed over 70,000 times in just two months. On social media, ‘Unlocking Science’ has had over 9 million views during that time.

In a virtual launch event at Falling Walls Berlin Science Week, speakers explored debates in cognitive science, free speech activism and empirical research on science communication:

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