Unlocking Science

Join us in this 4-part podcast series as we discuss everything from social media and trust to identity and knowledge, seeking to discover how we can unlock science for everyone.

Unlocking Science


Episode 1: How do we talk about science and uncertainty?

In this episode we explore how uncertainties play a role in the process of scientific discovery and why this is such a challenge for the way we need to talk about science – with Courtney Radsch and Felix Bast.


Episode 2: How do we talk about science and identity?

In this episode, we explore how our sense of identity affects our willingness to trust certain sources of information. We look at why the authority of traditional gatekeepers of expertise, like science academies, seems to be eroding. Have we misunderstood what social media can do and what might this have to do with the rise of identity politics? And of course, we will also reflect on what should be done by the science community for all of this.

– with Elodie Chabrol, Neurogeneticist and founder of the Pint of Science festival, and Daniel Williams, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge and an associate fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.


Episode 3: How do we talk about science and distrust?

In this episode, we explore different ways that distrust can be expressed and what drives that historically, situationally, even structurally. We will also look at how competing narratives can mean making sense of the science is an often difficult, complicated task.

– with Kami Navarro, a molecular biologist by training, and now a science editor at Wildtype Media, which publishes Asian Scientist magazine, and Tawana Kupe, the first black vice chancellor of the University of Pretoria in South Africa.


Episode 4: How do we talk about science and knowledge?

In the last episode, we spoke about the many ways that distrust in science is expressed and the need for scientists to consider their own positions, including who they speak to and for. Which leads us neatly into today’s episode, where we focus on the link between communicating science and building knowledge. We need to look at how people process information and their own experiences to make knowledge that they can base decisions on. And the question is, what should science communication be doing about that?

– with Genner Llanes-Ortiz, a Mayan scholar from Yucatan, Mexico, who is currently working as an assistant professor of indigenous studies at Bishop’s University in Canada, and Yvette d’Entremont, also known as Scibabe, a public speaker, science blogger and former analytic chemists with a background in forensics and toxicology.


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