Each episode in this season explores a different aspect of being a scientist (ep20 - ep34)
Ahead of the start of season three of Scientists not the Science, here's a selection of my favourite clips from season two.
Being a scientist means being comfortable with change. Just when you've settled down and got things sorted, it's all change and on to the next thing.
Imagine feeling like an imposter at work, as though you weren't supposed to be there, that everyone is just so much smarter than you...
On first glance, being a scientist and a comedian are completely different things. Or are they? I put my case to Stuart Goldsmith, a stand-up comedian and host of The Comedian's Comedian Podcast.
Professor Kristi Anseth is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
After Dr Shelda Debowski finished her PhD, she began to realise that in order to be a successful academic, you need a strategy. A strategy that navigates the politics and reality of an often unstructured environment.
Postdocs power the research programmes of universities around the world. However for postdocs the reality of being a scientist is years of jumping from contract to contract, trying to secure increasingly rare academic positions.
How do scientists juggle the demands of work and family life? Establishing yourself as an academic is a challenging and lengthy process, and the chances of becoming a professor are slim. So what happens when you attempt to balance career and family, in an industry that is full of short fixed-term contracts?
Just 13% of the UK's science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce are women. In schools nearly 79% of pupils taking exams are male. So why is this? For this episode I wanted to talk to an expert on the challenges facing women in science.
You might think you can run away from science - but science will track you down. As it did in the case of Helen Arney - songwriter, comedian and one third of the comedy-science trio Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
What do we mean by success? Is it all just in the mind? How do our own feelings and the biases of others affect us in the workplace? And how do these factors affect women working in science in particular?
Before becoming a journalist and lecturer in science communication, Gareth Mitchell trained as an electrical engineer. His entry into the media world started as a broadcast engineer - scaling giant antennas to work on radio transmitters. However he soon realised he quite liked the idea of being behind the microphone instead.
How do scientists end up on the radio? If you've had a really good day in the lab, and your research has generated public interest, you might suddenly find the media knocking on your door. But then what?
Sharing great scientific ideas is a wonderful feeling. The idea doesn't have to be brand new (although measuring gravitational waves is really cool...) and it can simply be sharing a love for learning how our universe works. For this episode I wanted to explore some of the ways scientists can engage with different groups within the community.
One of the great joys of science is the international environment. It's the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. However one common theme unites many scientists: we're all speaking english.