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Content analysis on the BBC's science programming

The BBC Trust (the governing body of the BBC) recognised that scientific issues are some of the most sensitive editorial issues the BBC faces. As a result, they commissioned an independent review on the accuracy and impartiality of the BBC's science programming, led by geneticist Steve Jones.

I played a part in the empirical assessment that informed the report. As a team of six asked to collect the solid data, we watched and listened to about 9,000 television and radio items to assess their scientific content.

Content analysis report [PDF 1.4Mb]

The full BBC Trust review [PDF 1.1Mb]

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Robert Cailliau talks about how he helped Tim Berners-Lee to turn the World Wide Web from an early concept to an everyday reality.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a network of informal talks held at local venues that promotes debate on science and technology issues.

I was a programme co-organiser for the branch at the Science Museum in London for about two and a half years. My goals were to design programmes that are imaginative and experiential; apply creativity to communicate science and technology angles that are of interest to our everyday lives. As a result, many events were fully-booked.

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A huge particle detector in the making. Photo: Maximilien Brice © CERN

Writing about particle physics for the CERN website

In anticipation for an increased public attention, CERN had relaunched their website (design and content) before their flagship particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was due to start operation.

I helped to write much of the content of the renewed website, especially the sections about the LHC and the science and research work carried out at the laboratory. Experiments of the LHC attracted large media interests and the website was read by journalists and the general public world-wide.

Science Treasure Hunt

The Science Treasure Hunt is a one-day event aimed at young scientists and non-scientists in their twenties and thirties. It uses a treasure hunt model to communicate the philosophy of science.

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Contents of a treasure hunt pack – clues ranging from a party popper to an origami pig leads the way to different philosophies of science

Participants' feedback: I thought it was really well-organised and it all fitted together well down to the little details…, each of the clues was done slightly differently, had some clever twist to it… all the little touches which made it quite special., clues were relatively straight forward and logical but tough enough; theory in a nut[shell]; clues helpful, thoroughly planned.

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A brooch design inspired by the biology of marine plankton and night diving. Materials: black dyed anodied aluminium, Swarovski crystals, steel fittings, electronic parts.

Robo Kev

I talk articficial intelli­gence, self-experimen­tation and bad press with scientist Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics.

“Machines will take over, because we’re taking a lot of the negative aspects of human kind as the initial seeds for machines – in military, in finance – and sprinkling in a bit of learning.”

First published in I, Science magazine for Imperial College London.

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