One of the most important jobs as a scientist is being able to communicate what you do to the people around you. Even if it’s just your mum, one day, someone without a background in your particular field of science will ask you what you do. The trick is to be able to communicate what is typically a quite complex scientific idea in simple terms.
One of my favourite things about contributing to this blog is that I get to “practice” communicating scientific ideas very simply. I am actually getting quite good (if I do say so myself), at telling people about what I am studying in my PhD.
I got an excellent chance to “practice” my science communication last week, when I was asked by the host of a community radio program called “Biodegradio” to come into their studio and record an interview on what I am studying. I was quite nervous heading into the studio, but quickly relaxed and actually had a lot of fun chatting to Alison about my work.
Now that I have been into a studio, and spoken on radio, I feel much more confident in my ability to speak to the media, should my research catch anyone’s attention in the future.
The program will go to air this coming Sunday (the 2nd March), from 1pm to 1:30pm on 2xxfm, 98.3fm for anyone in Canberra. You can also stream the station from their website if you’re interested in tuning in on Sunday.
I’m quite nervous about hearing myself on Sunday, mainly because I’m worried I have said something ridiculous. Luckily, this is a great environment to make and learn from mistakes, so hopefully I’ll be able to use this as a starting point to know what to (not to) do next time.
The guys at Biodegradio are really friendly and always looking for people to interview. If you think you might be interested, get in contact with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can pass on your details. It’s a great learning opportunity, and hopefully, the start of a successful media presence.