Passionate about science? Enjoy sharing that passion with others? Ever considered a career in science communication? Or playing keys for a 90s pop & dance band?
As much as we love his Mancunian drawl, it’s not all about Brian Cox…
Science communication is a growing field which encompasses a diversity of jobs, from journalism and the broadcast media to museums, education, public engagement and even comedy!
Helping make science accessible to non-scientists is hugely important to society. It allows the public to share in the excitement of new discoveries and safeguards the future of science by inspiring the next generation of scientists.
Sounds good so far… but how do you break into this increasingly popular and competitive field?
For a special one-off event at Glasgow Science Festival on Tuesday 11th June, we’ve assembled a panel of savvy sci-comm’ers to answer your questions about careers in science communication and the media.
Helen Arney is a comedian, presenter and self-confessed geek who has toured her science-infused songs across the UK with fellow funny nerds Robin Ince, Brian Cox & Tim Minchin. She also co-presents ‘You Have Been Warned’ on the Discovery Channel and has extensive media experience, having appeared on BBC2, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Her award-winning comedy show, ‘Voice of an Angle’ is coming to Glasgow Science Festival in June.
Dr Deborah McNeill is the head of public engagement in STEMM at the University of Glasgow and the co-founder of Glasgow Science Festival, which has grown to become one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the country, involving collaborations with 62 partner organisations and engaging over 40,000 people across the city. She is also a marine biologist and keen diver whose research investigates deep reef fish populations in the Red Sea.
Simon Watt is a TV presenter, writer and science communicator with a background in evolutionary biology. He runs his own science communication company called ‘Ready Steady Science’ which brings science shows into schools, museums and theatres and is also an accomplished journalist, having written for national newspapers and websites like The Times and the Huffington Post. He is best known for his appearances on Channel 4’s ‘Inside Nature’s Giants’ and ‘The Elephant: Life After Death.’
This Q&A is FREE but ticketed. Book your place here.
The event will take place on Tuesday 11th June from 12:00-13:00 at the University of Glasgow (Room 109, Gregory Building – PLEASE NOTE change of venue from Graham Kerr Building).
Got a question for the panel? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name.
You can also tweet your questions @GlasgowSciFest with the hashtag #askGSF