Whether it’s through television and the media, blogs, books and live events, or even your favourite monthly podcast, science is now communicated in more ways than ever before. This month’s episode reflects on some of those methods, as we talk to children’s authors and playwrights about the ways in which science is portrayed to their audiences.

We also talk to researchers working on the infrastructure behind the mother of all communication tools: the Internet.

Finally, if that wasn’t enough, we also stop by the party conferences where we communicated the importance of science education to MPs and policy makers.


00:56 Nicola Davies, author of Tiny: the invisible world of microbes; Raman Prinja, author of Night Sky Watcher; and Robert Winston, author of Utterly Amazing Science.

06:33 Oppenheimer’s writer Tom Morton-Smith, Professor John D. Barrow FRS, cosmologist and playwright, Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, scholar of science in the theatre, Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE, broadcaster and science communicator and Erica Whyman OBE, Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

13:42 Professor Andrew Ellis, Professor of Optical Communications, Aston University.

17:33 Professor Andrew Lord, BT.

20:16 Jonathan Brown, Ricardo UK.

22:08 Lindsey Harold, Ashton on Mersey School, Sale.


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