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Let's Talk SciComm

By Unimelb SciComm
Hosted by Associate Professor Jen Martin and Dr Michael Wheeler, Let’s Talk SciComm is a podcast from the University of Melbourne’s Science Communication Teaching Program. Listen for advice, tips and interviews about how to communicate science in effective and engaging ways.
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24. How to make time for SciComm
Got a ridiculously long to-do list? Feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff you need to get done? Time management is something we all struggle with and it can sometimes be difficult to make time to share our work with different audiences. This week Jen and Michael invite our wonderful UniMelbSciComm colleagues, Linden Ashcroft, Catriona Nguyen-Robertson and Graham Phillips for a 5-way chat about the tips and tricks we've learned along the way about how to make time for the things that really matter to us. 
32:27
June 29, 2022
23. Interview with healthcare Managing Director Dr Michael Winlo
This week, Jen and Michael were delighted to speak with Dr Michael Winlo. Michael is Managing Director at Emyria, a data-driven, drug development and clinical services company focused on improving care of patients with unmet needs. Emyria leverages the clinical evidence created with patients to launch and register novel drug development and treatment programs with global regulators. Michael is also a Director at Linear Clinical Research - Perth’s only dedicated early phase cancer and clinical trial unit. Michael was previously CEO at Linear which, under his leadership, was the first site in Australia to complete a comprehensive digital transformation. Prior to Linear, Michael lived and worked in Silicon Valley leading the Health team at Palantir working with major healthcare institutions in the US and UK to solve complex data integration and analysis challenges. Michael is a medical doctor with an MBA from Stanford and holds several data analysis patents. You can learn more about Michael and Emyria here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mwinlo https://twitter.com/mwinlo https://twitter.com/emyriaglobal https://emyria.com https://www.linkedin.com/company/emyria https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgVOJIxzgSzX_Yc4n5ciyQw
29:44
June 22, 2022
22. How to write successful grant applications
Applying for grants is an experience common to all researchers and with success rates for many funding schemes extremely low, any advice to improve the chance of success for your application is very welcome! In this episode, Jen and Michael were thrilled to have the chance to chat with Jonathan O’Donnell and to pick his brains about how to write a successful grant application.a Jonathan is the right person to seek advice from because in his job, he helps people get funding for their research. To be specific, he helps the people in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne in Australia (all opinions are his own). He has been doing that, on and off, since the 1990's (with varying degrees of success). He loves his job. He loves it so much that he has enrolled in a PhD to look at crowdfunding for research. With Tseen Khoo, he runs the Research Whisperer blog and @ResearchWhisper Twitter stream, about doing research in academia. His ORCID is 0000-0001-5435-235X. And if you’re interested in learning more about crowdfunding, you can look forward to an episode in our next season in which we chat with Jonathan again and learn all about the role of crowdfunding in research. Stay tuned! In the meantime, you can follow Jonathan and learn more about his work here: https://twitter.com/jod999 https://au.linkedin.com/in/jod999 https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5435-235X https://researchwhisperer.org/ https://twitter.com/researchwhisper
33:15
June 15, 2022
21. Interview with scientist & visual artist Kate Cranney
This week we are so excited to catch up with one of our University of Melbourne Science Communication alumni who is doing amazing things in the world! Kate Cranney is a science communicator, scientist and visual artist. She combines these skills in her role as a Communications Advisor with CSIRO, Australia's national science agency. Kate's background is diverse. She's climbed trees in Borneo, scaled volcanoes in Papua New Guinea, pulled snakes out of traps in the Simpson Desert, and counted turtle hatchlings in Solomon Islands … all in the name of science. With interests spanning ecology, the arts, science writing, education, podcasts and film, science communication was a natural fit. In her current role, she creates communication materials, delivers communications campaigns, liaises with the media, and runs storytelling training for the approximately 850 scientists in CSIRO's Land and Water, and Energy divisions. Kate holds a Master of Science (with Distinction), and a dual Bachelor of Laws / Environmental Science (with Honours). In 2018 she spent 10 months travelling as part of an ISSI Fellowship in Science Communication. She visited museums, aquariums and other science organisations in Scandinavia, Europe, Canada and the USA. Her task? To learn from the most creative, novel and effective forms of science communication, and to bring that knowledge back to Australia! This is the visualisation of Ira Glass’ ‘The Gap’ Kate mentions in the conversation: https://vimeo.com/85040589 You can follow Kate and see more of her work here: https://katecranney.com https://twitter.com/kateccranney https://www.instagram.com/kate.cranney.art https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-cranney-71864923
28:29
June 08, 2022
20. How to get your thesis written
Writing a thesis is hard! It’s probably the longest document you’ve ever had to write, and the experience is often accompanied by a tendency to procrastinate and feelings of overwhelm and imposterism. This episode will help! Jen and Michael briefly talk about their thesis writing experiences and share their top tips. But most of the episode is filled with advice and tips from eight of our UniMelb SciComm alumni who have recently written theses. They’ve been right where you are now and have so much wisdom to share! You’ll hear from Nancy Rivers Tran, Owen Missen, Samantha Ward, Xavier Busuttil-Crellin, Kate Huckstep, Adam Hagg, Emily McColl-Gausden and Lachlan Tegart. Plus here are a couple of resources to help you: How to write a Better Thesis by David Evans, Justin Zobel and Paul Gruba Explorations of Style - A brilliant blog about academic writing. Start by checking out their "How to use this blog" page to get an idea of what articles they have to offer The Thesis Whisperer - Another fantastic blog worth following - full of honest, upfront advice, especially on research during a pandemic Patter - Another great blog about academic writing DoctoralWriting SIG - Very useful blog covering lots of interesting and relevant topics, with an entire category dedicated to thesis writing
24:31
June 01, 2022
19. Interview with #covid19 science advisor Professor James McCaw
This week, we couldn’t be more thrilled to chat with James McCaw, Professor of Mathematical Biology in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. James studied physics before embarking on a research career in infectious diseases epidemiological modelling. One of his primary research interests over the past 15 years has been pandemic preparedness and response. Since January 2020, he has supported the Australian government's response to COVID-19 through membership of key national committees and leadership of a research program evaluating the transmission dynamics of COVID-19 in Australia. We’re so chuffed James was able to find the time to chat with us about communicating science during a pandemic. You can learn more about James here: https://twitter.com/j_mccaw https://www.science.org.au/covid19/experts/james-mccaw https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-mccaw-863b0b1/ https://theconversation.com/tired-of-lockdown-rules-our-analysis-shows-most-australians-have-curbed-mixing-and-helped-suppress-covid-168946
28:48
May 25, 2022
18. How to give a fantastic very short talk
If you haven’t yet taken part in a speaking competition like the Three-minute thesis (3MT) or Famelab, what are you waiting for? You’ll gain so much by working out how to explain your research in a really short amount of time. This week Michael and Jen are joined by our wonderful colleague Catriona Nguyen-Robertson, who has had great success in a number of speaking competitions. Together, we give all our best advice on how to prepare and deliver a brilliant short talk. We also have excellent tips for you from our alumni Kate Huckstep and Sarah McColl-Gausden. Plus here are a couple of resources to help you: How to Become an Authentic Speaker 11 Tips for the Three-minute thesis competition The three-minute thesis: principle of scientific communication Tips for the three-minute thesis slide Famelab: Judge’s top tips
32:34
May 18, 2022
17. Interview with physicist and science comedian Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield
Welcome back to Season Three of Let’s Talk SciComm – we couldn’t be more excited to be back talking about science communication with you. To launch our new season, we’re joined by the fabulous (and funny) Dr Jessamyn A. Fairfield, a lecturer in the School of Physics at the National University of Ireland Galway. She leads research in neuromorphic nanomaterials, physics education, and public engagement with science. She is also an award-winning science communicator, and the director of Bright Club Ireland, a comedy night bringing academic research to the public. You can follow Jessamyn and learn more about her work here: http://jessamynfairfield.com/ https://twitter.com/ultrajessamyn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessamyn-fairfield-1044b925/ http://brightclub.ie/ https://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/jessamynfairfield/
30:10
May 11, 2022
Special: Introducing #MyScienceMay
#MyScienceMay
05:06
April 25, 2022
16. How to tackle procrastination
Procrastination is of the biggest challenges many of us come up against in our day-to-day work. And it can certainly be a major barrier to effective science communication. Whether you’re trying to write a thesis, an assignment or a blog post, chances are you’ve found yourself delaying getting started. This week Jen and Michael share their experiences of procrastination and evidence-based advice on how to stop. Two of our wonderful UniMelbSciComm alumni, Caitlin Minney and Lily Ahlemeyer also share their experiences and advice about how to tackle procrastination. Here are some resources to support you in tackling procrastination: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator - Tim Urban’s TED talk James Clear’s Atomic Habits - a book well worth reading James Clear’s 3-2-1 newsletter - which we also mention in the podcast Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control) - if procrastination isn't about laziness, then what is it about? Hint: it's more linked to your emotions and moods! Why we procrastinate – Jen’s take on why we procrastinate, with tips on how we can stop procrastinating and start working The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It - what it means to be caught in the procrastination loop, and how to get out of it Why Procrastinators Procrastinate - a look into the procrastinator's brain 5 Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Each of Them) - procrastination can look different depending on what type of procrastinator you are. Figuring out which type you are will help you beat your procrastination! Plus a couple of tools we use to help beat procrastination: Forest App – focusing on your work helps you build a virtual forest Write or Die - an online word processor that forces you to write... or else suffer the consequences you choose - from spiders crawling across your screen, to your words erasing themselves Cold Turkey Writer - this turns your computer into a typewriter - so you can't use it for anything other than writing. Great if you struggle with distractions! toggl - a productivity and time tracker that might help you keep an eye on how you spend your time
33:25
March 23, 2022
15. Interview with Science Communicator Amy LeBlanc
This week we’re so excited to introduce you to one of our former science communication students, Amy LeBlanc. Amy started off studying bird communication at the University of Melbourne but ended up graduating into full-time science communication instead! These days, Amy lives in Ghent, Belgium, where she is the Chief Editor of BioVox, an online news platform covering life sciences innovations. She spends a lot of her time interviewing scientists and industry leaders from around the world, writing articles, and editing content. She also works as a science communicator for Turnstone Communications, a consultancy company which provides strategic and hands-on communications support for research institutes, healthcare organisations, and start-ups. Amy is passionate about quality communication and diversity in STEM. She likes to spend her spare time with a book in hand, or cooking, travelling, and birdwatching. You can follow Amy and find out more about her work here: Website: https://biovox.eu/ LinkedIn: BioVox or Amy LeBlanc Twitter: @BioVoxBelgium or @amylebird
32:50
March 16, 2022
14. How to make videos about science
We all know videos are one of the most popular and effective mediums to share science and that it’s possible to make great videos on your phone. Gone are the days of needing specialist, expensive equipment! But we can still all benefit from learning about how professionals approach making exciting, engaging videos. This week Michael and Jen are joined by our wonderful UniMelbSciComm colleague Dr Graham Phillips who has had a long and illustrious career presenting science on TV. As you would imagine, Graham has a heap of advice and tips to share! Two of our UniMelbSciComm alumni, Marie Kinsey and Charlotte Gerada also share their thoughts. Plus here are a couple of resources to help you make better science videos: Filming Science on a Phone! - Worried you don't have all the gear to get started filming? Fear not - here's a video about how to use your phone to film science. What makes a popular science video on YouTube? - A good one for anybody thinking about getting into YouTube Put it on camera: How to get into scientific film- and video-making - a great article if you're interested in using film to communicate science, and how to get started 10 steps to making DIY science videos for YouTube – a video about how to make good videos! What makes a good science video? – A quick read with some good tips!
33:48
March 09, 2022
13. Interview with Wildlife photojournalist Doug Gimesy
We’re thrilled to introduce you to photographer extraordinaire Doug Gimesy in this week’s episode. Doug is a professional conservation and wildlife photojournalist who focuses on Australian issues. A Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), his clients include National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, bioGraphic, Australian Geographic, Audubon, as well various mastheads like The Guardian and NewsCorp. Initially trained as a zoologist and microbiologist, he later completed a Masters of Environment and a Masters of Bioethics. Together, these two qualifications helped shape his thinking as what type of issues he should be focusing on and why – conservation and animal welfare issues. Believing people should focus on the issues they care about and those that are close to home, his recent work has focused on the conservation and animal welfare issues facing the platypus and the Grey-headed Flying-fox – having recently facilitated the platypus being listed as threatened species in his home state of Victoria, as well as launching a children’s book with his partner on Grey-headed Flying-foxes titled ‘Life Upside Down’. Current on-going projects include covering the illegal reptile trade out of Australia, the use of scent dogs in conservation and a series of portraits called 'Wildlife Warriors, Conservation Champions and Animal Advocates’. Doug hopes that the images and information he shares will inspire people to stop, think, and treat the world more kindly. You can follow Doug and learn more about his work here: http://gimesy.com/ https://www.instagram.com/doug_gimesy/ https://www.facebook.com/DougGimesyPhotography/ https://twitter.com/douggimesy https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-gimesy/ https://www.trulyaus.com/doug-gimesy/ Some of Doug's recent publications: National Geographic: This 'romantic' lizard is one of Australia’s most trafficked animals Australian Photography: Life in the slow lane The Guardian: Avian eye: how to take photos of birds that stand out from the flock Ranger Rick: Wild Roommates (wombats) BBC Wildlife: Behind the image – High-tech trafficking BBC Wildlife: The Lost Voice – The Regent Honeyeater, a tiny bird found in Australian forests, has become so rare, it’s forgetting how to sing its own song The Guardian: Fowl play: duck hunting struggles to stay afloat in Victoria – a photo essay More at https://go.unimelb.edu.au/2dci
31:30
March 02, 2022
12. How to edit your writing effectively
In this episode, Michael and Jen are joined by our wonderful UniMelbSciComm colleague Dr Linden Ashcroft to discuss why editing is such an important skill. We all agree that allowing sufficient time to edit our writing is essential if we want to produce clear, concise and easy-to-read writing. Together we explore how we all learned to edit our writing and the different approaches we’ve learned along the way. We share our top tips and bond over the fact that effective editing can be a hard, but vital, skill to develop. In addition to our thoughts, hear fantastic advice from two of our UniMelbSciComm alumni, Ethan Wake and Connor McMahon. Here are some good reads which may help your approach to editing: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott - this is where the idea of the down draft, up draft and dental draft comes from. Destuffing your writing - a great list of words and phrases that you can wipe out of your writing to make your piece clearer and more specific Twenty-five editing tips to improve your copy - see how many of these address aspects of your writing that you can improve! Five editor's secrets to help you write like a pro - five simple fixes that will improve your writing Improve your writing with these editing tips - excellent tips to improve the clarity of your writing Editing and proofreading - advice from the University of North Carolina
34:30
February 23, 2022
11. Interview with Dr Catherine Wheller
We can’t wait for you to meet Dr Catherine Wheller on this week’s episode. Catherine has had a wonderfully diverse career and is currently the Communications Manager at the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). The NYSF is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. Catherine is an experienced science communicator, and higher education teaching professional with a history of working in the university, tech, museum, and NGO/NFP sectors. As a communicator with a PhD in mineral thermodynamics, she is a competent analyst across emerging technologies (AI and IoT); global health (soil-transmitted helminths and mass drug administration); and earth systems (geology and climate). Catherine has recently returned to Melbourne after 4 years in the UK at the Natural History Museum and University College London and is thrilled to contribute to increasing science literacy within the Australian public. Catherine is participating in Homeward Bound #TeamHB7 in 2022. You can learn more about Catherine and some of the organisations she’s been involved with here: https://twitter.com/catinthefield https://au.linkedin.com/in/catherine-wheller https://www.stemwomen.org.au/profile/catherine-wheller Catherine’s 3MT talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhvFJKoUVtI https://www.nysf.edu.au/ https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/
32:58
February 16, 2022
10. How to build a professional online profile
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Publish or perish’. But what about the more recent maxim ‘Be visible or vanish’? Regardless of your career stage, there are many advantages to having a professional online presence: it will bring new opportunities, connections and visibility. But it can be hard to know where and how best to invest your time and energy when it comes to social media. In this episode, Michael and Jen talk about why to build your profile, where and how to start, and how to ensure you are developing your profile strategically.  We also specifically consider the value of LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram for scientists. In addition to our thoughts, hear fantastic advice from two of our UniMelbSciComm alumni, Kate Huckstep and Ebony Ciarrocchi. We highly recommend listening to Kate’s podcast Curiosity Killed the Rat too! Here are some good reads which may help as you create or build your profile: Scientist Guide to Social Media - this article has an awesome table comparing the different platforms, as well as tips for each different platform Twitter For Scientists - comprehensive online book with beginner, intermediate and advanced information I’m a scientist and I want to use social media. Now what? - A good discussion of the different goals scientists have when using social media Chemists are finding their place on Tik Tok and TikTok challenges us to communicate science - Two pieces about the potential of TikTok for SciComm A social media survival guide for scientists - some excellent survival tips to responsibly using social media for science communication How social media helps scientists get the message across - a study showing that research shared on social media (mainly Twitter) gets more academic citations Social media as a scientist: a very quick guide - a quick, condensed guide to using social media for science, and examples of how you can use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to network, exchange scientific ideas, or advance a career Social media: A network boost - a thorough guide how scientists can use Twitter to increase their networks, as well as how employers use Twitter when recruiting Here’s how many followers you need - a look into how many followers is needed to start reaching the broader public Why We Scientists Do Instagram - why Instagram is an awesome platform for scientists, and how it helps boost visibility and correct gender stereotypes, especially for women in STEMM. There's also includes a nice mind-map of the motivations to blog about science One tweet led to a spot on Bill Nye's show - an example of the opportunities social me
33:00
February 09, 2022
9: Interview with science radio broadcaster Dr Shane Huntington OAM
Welcome to Season Two of Let’s Talk SciComm! We’re thrilled to introduce you to our first guest for this season, Dr Shane Huntington OAM. Shane is the Chief Executive Officer of Little Big Steps; a charity helping kids with cancer. Shane is also a speaker, trainer and facilitator. He has been providing consulting services in communication and strategy for over 20 years. He is the host and producer of 3RRR’s science radio program Einstein A Go Go. Over the last 30 years he has interviewed thousands of scientists and explained hundreds of scientific concepts to the public. In 2020 he was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his science communication work. Shane is a prolific writer with articles on Medium.com read more than 80,000 times. He is the Founder and Director of the Innovation Group Pty Ltd, a scientific equipment supplier in Australia and New Zealand since 1999. Until April 2021 he was at the University of Melbourne, where he had a distinguished career as an academic and leader of university strategy. Shane was the Founder of the Telescopes in Schools Program, a Victorian based initiative designed to bring the wonders of Astronomy and education to low SES schools in Melbourne’s Northern and Western suburbs and rural districts through the prevision of research grade telescopes and support. Shane was an academic until 2008 with a PhD in Physics. His specialty was in Photonics and Imaging and he has published more than 70 refereed journal papers. During his 10 years as a researcher he acquired more than $6M in competitive grants. He holds an honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne in the School of Engineering and is an Ambassador for the Lost Dogs Home. You call follow Shane and find out more about his work here: https://shanehuntington.com/ https://twitter.com/DrShaneRRR https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-shane-huntington-oam-684894/ https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/presenters/dr-shane https://littlebigsteps.org.au/ https://www.instagram.com/drshanerrr/
34:01
February 02, 2022
8: How to tackle the imposter syndrome
On the outside you appear confident, composed and on top of your game. But on the inside, you are wracked with self-doubt. You feel like a fraud and as though someone is about to tap you on the shoulder and ask you what you think you’re doing. You’re sure you’re not good enough, experienced enough or smart enough to be doing what you’re doing. This week Jen and Michael chat about the Imposter Experience, better known as the Imposter Syndrome. Listen for our thoughts and advice on how to tackle feeling like an imposter plus tips from two of our UniMelb SciComm students, Stephanie Wong and Charlie Pattinson. Here are a few good reads to help build your understanding of imposter syndrome and how to tackle it: Imposters are us - feeling like you aren't good enough? Guess what! You're not the only one. This is Jen's take on imposter syndrome. If You Struggle With Imposter Syndrome, Scientists Might Have an Odd Solution - an important tip to help you overcome imposter syndrome. ‘I’m not worthy!’ – Imposter Syndrome in Academia - reasons why we feel imposter syndrome in academia, and how to deal with it. How I overcame impostor syndrome after leaving academia - advice on tackling the voices in your head telling you that you aren't good enough so that they don't sabotage your career. Feel like an academic fraud? Tips for shaking off imposter syndrome - some great tips on how to manage the feelings of imposter syndrome. Four tips to ward off imposter syndrome - four straightforward ways to silence your inner critic. The Clance Imposter Syndrome Test – this is the test Jen and Michael talk about in the podcast. Respond to these 20 questions to see how strongly you experience the imposer syndrome.
29:46
December 08, 2021
7. Interview with the singing scientist Catriona Nguyen-Robertson
In this episode we’re so excited to introduce you to Catriona Nguyen-Robertson who is a singing scientist: she sings in the laboratory and dreams up immunology experiments in the shower. She is a researcher at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, studying the immune response in skin allergies. An advocate for diversity in STEM, she is Secretary of the Pride in Action Network, and was Vice-President of Women in Science and Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Catriona is also an enthusiastic science communicator. She is part of the Science Communication Teaching Team at The University of Melbourne and a Learning Facilitator with Museums Victoria. She also works as the Science Communications Officer for the Royal Society of Victoria and Convergence Science Network, and is Associate Editor of the Immunology and Cell Biology scientific journal. She regularly engages with science mentoring and outreach programs, such as Skype a Scientist, Pint of Science, In2Science, BrainSTEM, and the Gene Technology Access Centre – sharing science online, in pubs, and in schools across Victoria and the world. You can follow Catriona and find out more about her work here: https://twitter.com/CatrionaNR https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_NtXSj9jH06SHNmsKhyfuQ (Nyuroscientist) https://www.instagram.com/nyuroscientist/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/catrionanguyen-robertson/
27:04
December 01, 2021
6. How to improve your science writing
In 2014, Steven Pinker published a piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education titled ‘Why academic writing stinks’. While we might take offense at the notion that our writing ‘stinks’, there’s no question that the way many of us have been taught to write as researchers and scientists can be difficult for our readers to make sense of. In this episode, Michael and Jen chat about why science writing can be so hard to read and a number of different approaches to improve the clarity and readability of our writing. We focus particularly on the style of writing that is most effective for communicating about science with non-scientific audiences. Listen for our thoughts and advice on how to improve your writing plus tips from two of our UniMelb SciComm students, Randy Mann and Steven Tang. Here are the papers we mentioned in the podcast: Medical Obfuscation: Structure and Function. It’s really worth reading this short but pointed piece by Michael Crichton published back in 1975. Specialized terminology reduces the number of citations of scientific papers. Research to suggest that if we want other scientists to cite our work, we should be avoiding using jargon – especially in the title and abstract. UN climate reports are increasingly unreadable. Jeff Tollefson’s research into the readability of ICC climate reports. The readability of scientific texts is decreasing over time. More research highlighting that science writing is getting harder to read. And this has important implications for research reproducibility. The growth of acronyms in the scientific literature. Research into the staggering increase in the use of acronyms in science papers since 1950. And if you’re looking for some great science to read, some of our favourites are Belinda Smith, Dyani Lewis, Ed Yong and Carl Zimmer.
34:16
November 24, 2021
5. Interview with science journalist Dr Graham Phillips
In this episode we’re delighted to speak with Dr Graham Phillips, a very familiar – and much loved – Australian science communicator and journalist. Graham was the host of ABC TV’s science program Catalyst for many years, and also a producer-reporter on that program. He began his career as a scientist (PhD in astrophysics) before quitting to become science journalist/broadcaster/communicator. He’s been a regular science commentator on all the free-to-air TV commercial networks, written about science for almost every major newspaper in Australia and had regular science columns in a number of them. He’s contributed to many, many hours of science on radio as both an interviewee and interviewer, and has had four popular science books published. He's recently written and produced a series on extra-terrestrial life for Amazon’s podcast arm Audible - Astronomical: looking for life beyond Earth - and teaches science communication at the University of Melbourne. You can follow Graham and find out more about his work here: https://www.instagram.com/grahamphillipsscience https://au.linkedin.com/in/graham-phillips-80b3b920
28:49
November 17, 2021
4. How to give a better science talk
All scientists need to give talks but being able to give a brilliant talk takes skill. Are you wondering how to best keep your audience’s attention? How to design slides that enhance, rather than distract from what you’re saying? And how to tackle your inevitable nerves? This week Jen and Michael chat about how to give a better science talk. Listen for our thoughts and advice on how to plan, design and deliver a fantastic talk plus tips from two of our UniMelb SciComm students, Randy Mann and Stephanie Wong. Here are a few good reads to help next time you’re preparing a talk: Reframing stress - stage fright can be your friend. Very nervous about speaking in public? You're not alone, and there are ways to harness that fear to your advantage. Get Excited: Reappraising Pre-Performance Anxiety as Excitement. This paper talks more about reframing anxiety by taking stress and turning it into excitement. We actually use the tip "say I am excited out loud" all the time and it works! Use PowerPoint as a Tool, don’t be a Tool for PowerPoint. PowerPoint is full of pitfalls. How many slides are too many? What should your slides have on them? How do you use the slides in your talk? This article answers all that and more. How to avoid death By PowerPoint | David JP Phillips | TEDxStockholmSalon. A TED talk that’s worth your time – it includes plenty of excellent advice on how to use slides more effectively. How to be an Excellent Communicator — You Only Need 3 Axioms. Three pillars that make for good communication, no matter the medium. This is a longer read, but jam-packed with great information. Making a short presentation based on your research: 11 tips. Tips on how to make 15 minutes count when talking about your research. We also mentioned canva.com and piktochart.com which are both really useful tools for improving your talk visuals.
34:27
November 10, 2021
3. Interview with climate scientist Dr Linden Ashcroft
In this episode we’re thrilled to chat with Dr Linden Ashcroft, a lecturer in climate science and science communication at The University of Melbourne, and a proud member of the UniMelbSciComm teaching team. She is also a historical climatologist, and uses pre-1900 documents and weather observations to explore the climate of Australia’s past so we can better prepare for the future. Her career has spanned the academic, non-for-profit and government sectors, including a stint at the Bureau of Meteorology, and managing a national citizen science project. Linden is a regular on community radio, gives frequent public talks, has contributed to over 40 media articles since 2018, and was featured in the 2019 Best Australian Science Writing Anthology. She was a 2019–2020 Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM, received the 2020 Australian and Meteorological Society Science Outreach award, and was selected as a Victorian Tall Poppy by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science in 2021 for her excellence in scientific research and outreach. You can follow Linden and find out more about her work here: https://lindenashcroft.com/ https://twitter.com/lindenashcroft https://www.instagram.com/lindenashcroft/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/linden-ashcroft-08640b59/ https://www.stemwomen.org.au/profile/linden-ashcroft
29:26
November 03, 2021
2. How to NOT be boring
This week Jen and Michael chat about the important topic of ‘How to NOT be boring’ when communicating about science. We’re sure you can all remember sitting through an incredibly boring science talk or struggling to read a boring piece of science writing. If you want to get your message across, it’s essential you capture your audience’s attention and convince them what you’re writing or speaking about is of relevance to them. Listen for our thoughts and advice on how to be more engaging when communicating about science plus tips from two of our UniMelb SciComm students, Randy Mann and George Mechaalani. Finally, here’s a good read on why we need to make science writing less boring and HOW we can do that: ‘Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write.’
29:19
October 27, 2021
1. Interview with ecologist Professor Euan Ritchie
In this episode, we’re delighted to chat with Euan Ritchie, Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in Melbourne, Australia. Euan has published over 150 scientific articles related with biodiversity conservation, wildlife ecology and management, ecosystem management, and environmental policy. His work has a strong focus on predators and their ecological roles, invasive species, fire ecology, and the ecology, conservation and management of Australian mammals. He was part of a research team whose work on the dingo won the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research in 2013, in 2017 he was named as one of the Australian Chief Scientist’s ‘Science Superheroes’, and in 2021 he was awarded the Australian Ecology Research Award by the Ecological Society of Australia. He is the Chair of the Ecology Society of Australia's Media Working Group and Deputy Convenor of Deakin University's Science and Society Network. Euan’s work has taken him to remote rainforests in Papua New Guinea, ponds in North America, Romania’s bear-filled forests, and savannas, woodlands, forests and deserts across Australia, among many other wonderful environments. An incredibly prolific researcher, Euan is also a passionate and extremely active science communicator, frequently interviewed on radio and having written over 60 articles for The Conversation, read more than 1.3 million times. You can follow Euan and find out more about his work here: https://twitter.com/EuanRitchie1 https://www.facebook.com/DrEuanRitchie https://www.linkedin.com/in/euan-ritchie-07915512/ https://www.youtube.com/user/RitchieEuan https://euanritchie.org/
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October 20, 2021
Welcome to Let's Talk SciComm
Welcome to Let's Talk SciComm! In this trailer episode, hosts Dr Jen Martin and Dr Michael Wheeler introduce themselves and season one of the podcast. For updates, be sure to follow us @LetsTalkSciComm on Instagram and Twitter, and Let's Talk SciComm Podcast on Facebook.
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October 13, 2021