Interviews with scientists about an academic career
According to some reports, a third of PhD students will face mental health issues, and academic staff report worse wellbeing than many other professions. In this episode we listen to academics, funders and publishers as they share their thoughts.
Many scientists want their findings and discoveries to have real-world impact. So what is it like for a scientist, who’s technology has ended up as the the basis for a multi-billion dollar company?
Scientists can be notoriously skeptical, especially when it comes to something new. How do you get through to them, when trying to sell a new product or service?
How do you be a positive role model to those around you, as you ascend the academic ranks? Professor Chris Jackson talks about his background and experiences, and how that influences his efforts to be a role model.
Alex Lathbridge is a scientist and creator. We talk about Alex’s background, working with different media, and creating spaces in academia and science.
What happens when you have a well-established career outside of academia, and then you decide to go back to university?
What questions does an audience of (mainly) non-scientists ask you when you work on a brand new technology? Alexandros Kouris talks about his research using drones. Recorded live at the Imperial Festival 2018.
Dr Ben Britton talks about engineering metals for nuclear reactors, how he originally wanted to be a lawyer, and answers questions from a live audience. Recorded live at the Imperial Festival 2018.
Professor Sandrine Heutz describes her research and pathway into academia, including why her grandmother was so keen for her to study chemistry. Recorded live at the Imperial Festival 2018.
Dr Emma Chapman talks about kangaroos destroying radio telescopes and working in science. Recorded live at the Imperial Festival 2018.
Academics do research, but they also teach students. So how do you balance teaching, while also carrying out research?
Roma Agrawal is an engineer who has worked on hundreds of structures across the country, most notably The Shard in London, the UK's tallest building. We explore how she went from studying physics to become a structural engineer.
How can a scientist use social media to reach new audiences? Meriame Berboucha is a physicist using her voice online to encourage young people to study science.
Climate physicist, co-director of a research institute, and formerly head of one of the UK's largest physics departments. This episode I talk to Professor Jo Haigh.
What's it like being a medical doctor, and a PhD doctor? Can research academics learn tips from the clinicians, or vice versa? This episode I talk to a doctor doctor.