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The ISC-BBC StoryWorks collaboration ‘Unlocking Science’ sparks inspiration by exploring how science addresses the challenges of global sustainability. These multimedia stories explore science, beyond the lab and the textbook, and how scientists engage communities and make a real world difference.


We can’t hope to contain the damage of climate change and improve the quality of life of billions of people – while also preserving our planet – without the benefit of scientific knowledge and technological innovation. 

The stories challenge our view of the world and the things that shape our society. They emphasize the value of international collaboration, and how scientists depend on the accountability and support that comes from being part of a global consensus. By drawing on the latest research and the ISC’s global partnerships, the project also aims to improve how science is communicated to audiences internationally.  

Activities and impact 

In collaboration with ISC Members and partners, the project team has produced a number of short films, multimedia stories and blogs, happening all over the world from Antarctica to the Amazon.

In October 2023, the Unlocking Science campaign was voted the best in the ‘Video Series’ category at the prestigious Digital Communications Awards (DCA).

Podcast: How do we talk about science and trust? 

Covid-19 has propelled the work of scientists around the world centre stage, with scientific and expert authority being heavily questioned. More than ever, information overload is challenging sources of truth and the hierarchical nature of science information-sharing.  How can science communication evolve to be more inclusive? 

This 4-part podcast series discusses everything from social media and trust to identity and knowledge, seeking to discover how we can unlock science for everyone. 

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04 October 2023 - 3 min read

ISC’s Unlocking Science series wins Digital Communications Award

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The science of a healthier home

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From educators to inventors

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Project team

Alison Meston

Alison Meston

Communications Director

International Science Council

Alison Meston
Nick Ishmael-Perkins

Nick Ishmael-Perkins

Former Senior Consultant

International Science Council

Nick Ishmael-Perkins
Zhenya Tsoy

Zhenya Tsoy

Senior Communications Officer, Digital Lead

International Science Council

Zhenya Tsoy

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