This month, we’re look at some of the skills scientists can develop outside of their labs, which can help them in their careers. You can hear from participants in two of the training courses we run, on media skills and leadership effectiveness. We also handed the microphone over to some budding scientists, who had had the chance to “Ask a scientist” some questions themselves. Finally, we caught up with participants in the Royal Society’s Pairing Scheme, which matches research scientists with MPs, senior civil servants and Lords.

00:45 Dr Vardis Ntoukakis and Dr Elisa Antolin tell us about their experience at the Royal Society Media Skills training day.

05:20 We hear from recent attendees at the Royal Society’s residential training course in Leadership Effectiveness at Chicheley Hall.

12:52 Students from Brittania Village School interview Chris Harrison from the University of Durham,

17:29 Students from Wimbledon College interview Paul Kirk, a mathematician from Imperial College.

20:22 We catch up with scientists and MPs taking part in the Royal Society Pairing Scheme.

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