Science Chatters

A podcast series featuring staff and students from the Science Communication Unit (SCU).

Each episode, we explore issues of science communication and science research with students on our courses interviewing researchers, scientists and more.

Can we solve noise pollution in the seas by making films about it? How can health research reach the communities who need it most? How do we track the wild bears of Greece from a lab in UWE Bristol? Let’s chat!

Episode 7: Repair Café

In the seventh episode of the Science Chatters podcast, we explore the Repair Café here at UWE Bristol. MSc student, Casey Spry, takes her air fryer to the Repair Café ay UWE Bristol’s School of Engineering to see if she can get it fixed and find out about the initiative run by students and community repair volunteers. The student community of making and repair builds on the links to the wider Bristol community repair movement, including with SPARKS Bristol, Eastville Repair Café and ongoing work with young community members from St Pauls and UWE Bristol STEM partnership projects in the city.

Episode 6: Field Work

In the sixth episode of Science Chatters, we hear from Dr Todd Lewis, Senior Lecturer in the Ecology department at UWE Bristol, as he speaks to Anoushka Alexander, MSc in Science Communication graduate, about his explorations of amphibians in the tropics. We also hear from recent graduates in Integrated Wildlife Conservation, Nina Brun and Rebecca Thrush, as they reminisce about their trip to Madagascar as part of their studies.

Episode 5: Performing Pufflings

In the fifth episode of Science Chatters, we return with an exploration of science and theatre in the light of the new book, Science & Theatre: Communicating Science and Technology with Performing Arts by Professor Emma Weitkamp and Carla Almeida. We also hear about the award-winning film, Flight of the Puffin, by UWE Bristol graduate, Rakel Hansen. Rebecca Landon and Georgina Hayes, students from our MSc in Science Communication, provide the interviews.

Episode 4: Wellbeing

In the fourth episode of Science Chatters, we return with an exploration of research coming out of UWE Bristol looking at how gaming and social media can affect our wellbeing, perhaps even in a positive way, before stepping outside to discover research which shows just how important the natural world is to us all.

Episode 3: Unconventional Robots

In the third episode of the Science Chatters podcast, we explore Unconventional Computing and how robotics can be used in cancer treatments. MSc student, Gemma Kerr, reports from the Unconventional Computing Lab at UWE Bristol, where she talks to Dr Richard Mayne about some of the fascinating work being done on campus. Dr Emma Weitkamp, one of the hosts of Science Chatters, tells us about the ethics of Artificial Intelligence report she worked on, with others, for the European Parliament. Chloe Raikes, also studying the MSc in Science Communication, speaks to PhD student, Athanasios Martsopoulos, about how robots can be used in cancer treatments and care. It’s unconventional and robotic.

Episode 2: Poo and Wee

In the second episode of the Science Chatters podcast, we explore how poo and wee can be used by science. MSc student, Jessica Howard, interviews Angeliki Savvantoglou about her PhD research into the bears of Greece… through the flies that interact with that thing that bears do in the woods. Chloe Russell, also studying the MSc in Science Communication, speaks to Dr Iwona Gadja about the urine-tricity project, gaining electricity from urine. We really should have called this episode Electricity and Bears!

Episode 1: The Arctic

The first episode of the Science Chatters podcast features two fascinating interviews. Emma Brisdion, soon to graduate with an MSc in Science Communication, speaks to Dr Stephanie Sargeant, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, about her recent Arctic research trip. Priya Payment, studying on the Level 3 Wildlife Film and Media module, interviews Annie Moir whose film, A Voice Above Nature, recently won a prestigious award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Annie is a recent graduate from the MA in Wildlife Filmmaking.

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