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Scientists not the Science

A podcast about the culture of being a scientist. Winner: Best Interview Podcast at the British Podcast Awards. Dr Stuart Higgins talks to scientists, science communicators, journalists and comedians to find out what it means to be a scientist.
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Sep 25, 2017

Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick has been a solid-state physicist, a medical physicist, and a senior lecturer. He now describes himself as a recovering physicist. We talk about his PhD experience and work-life balance.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Aug 28, 2017

This is a rerun of an episode from season 2.

 

You can listen to my appearance on The Cinemile podcast here: http://www.thecinemile.com/ - we reviewed the new sci-fi movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

 

Here’s the original blurb for this episode:

 

What is the imposter syndrome and how does it affect academics? In this final episode I explore the phenomenon, how it manifests in academics, some of the reasons why it might occur, and strategies to deal with it.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Aug 14, 2017

This is a rerun of an episode from season 1.

 

You can find episodes from my other podcast series ‘Down to Earth’ which is all about space tech spinoffs here:

 

Air bags: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/down-earth-how-space-science-gave-us-airbags

Memory foam: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/down-earth-nasa-your-bedroom

Distress system: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/down-earth-space-lifeline-seafarers

Cordless drill: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/down-earth-cordless-drill

Carbon capture: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/down-earth-carbon-capture

 

Here’s the original blurb for this episode:

Professor Chris Hunter is the Herschel Smith Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. I ask him what being a professor actually means, and he shares his wisdom and insight from a highly successful career in science.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Jul 31, 2017

Miriam Frankel and Stephen Harris are science editors at The Conversation – an online news website where all the articles are written by academics. We talk about how they edit scientists’ writing for a wider audience.

Jul 16, 2017

Roberto Trotta is an astrophysicist, a lecturer, an author, and the director of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College London. We talk about being a multi-faceted scientist.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Jul 4, 2017

Carole Kenrick is Scientist & Inventor-in-Residence at a primary school in North London. We talk about the importance of teaching children about what it means to be a scientist.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Jun 18, 2017

Steven Lee and Nick Evans are academics – together they present TheScienceShed podcast, a ramble through academic life. We talk about their experience of managing a research group and more.

 

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Jun 5, 2017

Before becoming a journal editor at Nature Materials, Luigi Martiradonna was a researcher. In part 2 we talk about his experience as a scientist and on the transition to academic publishing.

 

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May 24, 2017

Luigi Martiradonna is a senior editor at the journal Nature Materials. In part 1 we talk about the publishing process, how he makes the decision to accept or reject papers, and how scientists respond to his decision.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

May 7, 2017

Robin Ince is a comedian, writer and performer, best known for presenting The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4. We talk about public understanding of science, and the interplay between science and culture.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Apr 28, 2017

Alon Gorodetsky is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine. We talk about working in an interdisciplinary research field and his experience of academia.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Apr 7, 2017

Compilation episode featuring some of the best bits from season two of Scientists not the Science, ahead of the beginning of season three.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Jan 3, 2017

Being a scientist means being comfortable with change. I talk to Christian Clear and Jean-Philippe St-Pierre to explore their personal experiences of change in academia.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Aug 10, 2016

What is the imposter syndrome and how does it affect academics? In this final episode I explore the phenomenon, how it manifests in academics, some of the reasons why it might occur, and strategies to deal with it.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Jul 25, 2016

Stuart Goldsmith is a stand-up comedian and host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast. We compare the industries of science and comedy to see if there are any parallels.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Jul 19, 2016

Bonus episode: part of a series of short interviews recorded with Cavendish Inspiring Women, a group promoting the visibility of women working in science.

 

For more profiles visit: http://cavinspiringwomen.com

Jul 11, 2016

Dr Shelda Debowski is a Senior Consultant in Higher Education Development, working with academics to help them to achieve their goals. We talk about the challenges facing the modern academic.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Jun 25, 2016

Dr Joy Warde is the Postdoc Staff Coordinator at the University of Cambridge. We talk about what a postdoc is and the challenges researchers face in developing their careers.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

May 4, 2016

Dr Emma Chapman is an astrophysicist and a mum. We talk about what it’s like to juggle doing a PhD and a postdoc with having a child, and the barriers faced by academic parents.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Apr 18, 2016

Professor Dame Athene Donald is a physicist at the University of Cambridge and advocate for women in science. We talk about the challenges women face, the impact of social media, and experiences from her career.

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Apr 5, 2016

Helen Arney is a songwriter, comedian, and one third of the science-comedy trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd. We talk about how despite running away from science, it came back to find her.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

Mar 21, 2016

Professor Athene Donald, Professor Michelle Ryan, Dr Tom Stafford, and Jessica Wade discuss success, stereotypes and science, and their impact on women in science.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

 

CiW website: http://cavinspiringwomen.com

Mar 21, 2016

Professor Athene Donald, Professor Michelle Ryan, Dr Tom Stafford, and Jessica Wade discuss success, stereotypes and science, and their impact on women in science.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

 

CiW website: http://cavinspiringwomen.com

Mar 21, 2016

Professor Athene Donald, Professor Michelle Ryan, Dr Tom Stafford, and Jessica Wade discuss success, stereotypes and science, and their impact on women in science.

 

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

 

CiW website: http://cavinspiringwomen.com

Mar 7, 2016

Gareth Mitchell is both a lecturer in science communication at Imperial College London and also a journalist at the BBC. In part 2 of this interview we talk about Gareth’s route from electrical and electronic engineering into broadcasting.

Full show notes: http://scinotsci.com

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