Science Communication Unit conferences and seminars.

Forthcoming event

Science Communication Seminar Series - Dr Amy C. Chambers presents

  • Date: 09 June 2021
  • Venue: Online via Blackboard Collaborate
  • Time: 14:00-15:00

This event is part of the Science Communication Seminar Series "If she can see it, she can be it": new and imagined pasts, and women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine (STEMM) on screen.

Women's voices have been historically underrepresented in the practice, reporting, and representation of science. On screen and page they have often been secondary or almost entirely absent from the discourses of science in mainstream media. This address explores the intersection of science, media, and gender by analysing different creative and communicative platforms and how they capture and give voices to women in and adjacent to STEMM subjects.

(Re)voicing of women in STEMM in these fields of communication provide agency and allows for an intersectional approach to the analysis of how science and scientific expertise is communicated to the public.

About the speaker

Dr Amy C. Chambers is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a science communication and screen studies scholar, and her research examines the intersection of science and entertainment media, women's filmmaking, medical horror and science fiction.

Her current project is on Women-directed science fiction where she will watch/review every SF directed by a woman – follow the project on her website and via the podcast Women Make SF Across the Media Universe.

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Past events


Seminar Series

The Science Communication Unit runs an exciting seminar series throughout the year linked to the MSc Science Communication postgraduate programmes. Previous seminar speakers have included:

  • Justine Alford – IFL Science News Editor
  • Doug Allan – award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman
  • Bridget Appleby - Producer, BBC Natural History Unit
  • Patrick Aryee – award-winning wildlife TV presenter
  • Justin Dillon - Professor of Science and Environmental Education, Exeter University
  • Simon Garrett and Natasha Filer – Bristol Zoo
  • Andrea Geipel - PhD student at Post/Doc Lab Digital Media at the MCTS, Technical University of Munich
  • Tom Heap – BBC Countryfile presenter
  • Dr Sam Illingworth, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sophie Pavelle - Adventurous zoologist, science communicator and former MSc Science Communication Student, at UWE Bristol
  • Cristina Rigutto - Communications consultant and social media editor at Public Understanding of Science Journal
  • Ben Southwell – Series Producer, BBC History of Science Fiction
  • Iain Stewart – Professor of Geoscience Communication at University of Plymouth and well-known science television presenter
  • Brendan Walker – The Thrill Engineer