A (Podcast) Conversation About Science Communication and Outreach

Photo credit: Chris Heidenreich. Retrieved via Flickr, shared under a Creative Commons license. Click for more information.
Photo credit: Chris Heidenreich. Retrieved via Flickr, shared under a Creative Commons license. Click for more information.

Want to hear me talk about some of the nuts and bolts of science communication? Now’s your chance.

In autumn of 2015, PLOS launched a podcast series called PLOScast. The podcasts include periodic “Research Reading” roundups, as well as interviews on issues ranging from the future of scientific collaboration to open access publishing.

Episode 8, which went online recently, was a conversation between me and Elizabeth Seiver, a science communication researcher at PLOS. The conversation was, naturally enough, focused on practical aspects of science communication.

The episode, which is available here, covers a lot of ground. Among many other things, we talked about the media landscape for science, social media, the role of public information officers, blogging, why I don’t think scientists have an obligation to engage in public outreach, which myths scientists believe about journalists, etc. I’d like to think it’s both interesting and useful.

So, please check it out. And let me know what you think.

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