The only way for research to change the world is if the world knows and cares about it. In This Study Shows, our new podcast, we explore how to connect research with emotions and experiences, transforming the way science is shared.

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Hosted by the brilliant Danielle George and Mary-Ann Ochota, each of our six episodes asks the tough science communication questions: how? why? and so what?

Our Episodes

Many ways to communicate the facts: A COVID-19 Special Episode

We explore how empathy and trust can lead to more effective science communication during the COVID-19 outbreak. When science communication has a direct impact on our health and well-being, how can we make sure it has an impact?

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How do I make people care?

If “facts are facts,” why don’t they hold up against skepticism or doubt? Maybe because we need to find the emotional truth inside all of that data. Featuring Mona Chalabi, a data editor from the Guardian US, Tali Sharot, a neuroscientist from University College London, and David A. Kirby, a science communication professor from California Polytechnic State University.

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What’s the word I’m looking for?

I do not think that word means what you think it means! When there’s a gap between what we mean and what is understood, it’s time to think about the words we’re using. Featuring Dr. Martin Glynn, a criminologist from Birmingham City University, Dr. Sophie Arthur, a science communicator and blogger behind Soph Talks Science, and Theo Sanderson, the inventor of the Up-Goer Five Text Editor and a geneticist at The Francis Crick Institute.

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Where did that idea come from?

Ideas are the “once upon a time” of the research process. If we think of research as a story, and scientists as the heroes, will we be able to build trust? Featuring Cailin O’Connor, a philosopher of science from the University of California – Irvine, Dr. Friederike Hendriks, a science communication researcher from the University of Muenster, and Will Storr, author of The Science of Storytelling.

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What are we made of?

You never know who will ask the question that inspires the next great discovery. Research can help solve big problems, and there’s no way to do it but together. Featuring Rhiannon Morris from Unique Scientists, Stephanie Dolrenry from Lion Guardians, and Stephan Lewandowsky from the University of Bristol.

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Where do we go from here?

Governments, publishers, and the public, oh my! We’re on a winding road of impact, and if we want research to influence real-world change, we’ve got to find friends along the way. Featuring Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, Jay Flynn, Chief Product Officer from Wiley, and Valorie Aquino, an anthropologist and co-Chair of the March for Science.

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Is it all worth it?

After all these episodes, I hope so. But when you’re trying to do a million things, sharing your story can fall to the bottom of the heap. Featuring Henry Dick, a geophysicist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Jennifer Cutraro, the founder of Science Storytellers, and Mike Morrison, a psychology Ph.D. candidate from the University of Oxford.

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