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Let's Talk SciComm

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Hosted by Associate Professor Jen Martin and Dr Michael Wheeler, Let’s Talk SciComm is a podcast from the University of Melbourne’s Science Communication Teaching Program. Listen for advice, tips and interviews about how to communicate science in effective and engaging ways. Show notes, transcripts … read more

42 Episodes | 2021 - 2022

40. Interview with speaker, author and performance coach, Christine Burns

December 19th, 2022


For our final episode of the season, we were absolutely thrilled to speak with Christine Burns. Christine (BA Psych, PG Dip Sport Bus Mngt, MIPPA) is …

39. Interview with Austrian exchange student Isolde Gottwald

December 12th, 2022


This week we absolutely loved talking with Isolde Gottwald (AKA Issie), an exchange student from the University of Vienna who spent semester 2 this …

38. Interview with ARC Future Fellow Professor Natalie Hannan

December 5th, 2022


This week we had the enormous pleasure of speaking with the one-and-only Professor Natalie Hannan. Natalie is an ARC Future Fellow, the Associate …

37. Interview with writing coach Dr Malini Devadas

November 28th, 2022


This week we had the great pleasure of chatting with Dr Malini Devadas about all things writing. After completing her PhD at the Australian National University in the 1990s, Malini did a postdoc and then realised that …

36. Interview with immunologist Dr Kylie Quinn

November 21st, 2022


This week we loved talking with Dr Kylie Quinn, who is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow and leads the Ageing and Immunotherapies Group at RMIT University. Her group is developing ways to improve immune responses in …

35. Interview with physical activity and mental health researchers Associate Professor Megan Teychenne and Dr Niamh Mundell

November 14th, 2022


This week we loved chatting with two more researchers from Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN): Associate Professor Megan Teychenne and Dr Niamh Mundell.

Megan’s PhD is in …

34. Interview with nutrition and mental health researchers Dr Helen Macpherson and Sara Dingle

November 7th, 2022


This week we’re so pleased to have had the opportunity to talk with Deakin University researchers Dr Helen Macpherson and Sara Dingle about a topic we’re fascinated by: the intersection of mental health and nutrition.

33. Interview with visual communicator Dr Sue Pillans

October 31st, 2022


Welcome back to season 5 of Let’s Talk SciComm! We’re thrilled to be sharing another season of great episodes with you and we know you’re going to love this first episode with the one-and-only Sue Pillans.
Sue is a …

32. How to look after your mental health with Psychiatrist Professor Sandra Radovini

September 26th, 2022


For our final episode in Season Four, we wanted to talk about another major barrier many of us experience to being able to do the work we care about: …

31. Interview with Emily King from Voices of Academia

September 19th, 2022


This week it was our huge pleasure to speak with Emily King, currently undertaking her PhD at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. …

30. Interview with climate scientist Professor David Karoly (Part 2)

September 12th, 2022


What better way to celebrate the 30th episode of Let’s Talk SciComm than continue our conversation with world-renowned climate scientist and climate …

29. Interview with climate scientist Professor David Karoly (Part 1)

September 5th, 2022


This week it was our absolute honour to speak with Professor David Karoly, world-renowned climate scientist and climate science communicator. David …

28. How to get the most out of attending a conference

August 29th, 2022


Whether virtual or in person, conferences are without question one of the best ways to meet people and hear about new work in your field. Amongst other things, they can also be fantastic places to find jobs, …

27. Interview with Associate Professor in genetics and genomics, Francine Marquez

August 22nd, 2022


This week we’re thrilled to speak with one of the busiest (and most wonderful) scientists we know: Associate Professor Francine Marques. Francine is …

26. How to use crowdfunding to raise money for your work in STEM

August 15th, 2022


Given how low success rates are for many/most granting schemes, it’s incredibly useful for researchers to understand whether crowdfunding might be an …

25. Interview with Professor Andy Pask

August 8th, 2022


We’re so excited to welcome you to Season Four of Let’s Talk SciComm, with new episodes now released every Tuesday.

First up this season, we chat …

24. How to make time for SciComm

June 29th, 2022


Got a ridiculously long to-do list? Feeling overwhelmed by all the stuff you need to get done? Time management is something we all struggle with and …

23. Interview with healthcare Managing Director Dr Michael Winlo

June 22nd, 2022


This week, Jen and Michael were delighted to speak with Dr Michael Winlo. Michael is Managing Director at Emyria, a data-driven, drug development and clinical services company focused on improving care of patients with …

22. How to write successful grant applications

June 15th, 2022


Applying for grants is an experience common to all researchers and with success rates for many funding schemes extremely low, any advice to improve the chance of success for your application is very welcome!

In this …

21. Interview with scientist & visual artist Kate Cranney

June 8th, 2022


This week we are so excited to catch up with one of our University of Melbourne Science Communication alumni who is doing amazing things in the world!

Kate Cranney is a science communicator, scientist and visual artist. …

20. How to get your thesis written

June 1st, 2022


Writing a thesis is hard! It’s probably the longest document you’ve ever had to write, and the experience is often accompanied by a tendency to procrastinate and feelings of overwhelm and imposterism.

This episode will …

19. Interview with #covid19 science advisor Professor James McCaw

May 25th, 2022


This week, we couldn’t be more thrilled to chat with James McCaw, Professor of Mathematical Biology in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at …

18. How to give a fantastic very short talk

May 18th, 2022


If you haven’t yet taken part in a speaking competition like the Three-minute thesis (3MT) or Famelab, what are you waiting for? You’ll gain so much by working out how to explain your research in a really short amount …

17. Interview with physicist and science comedian Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield

May 11th, 2022


Welcome back to Season Three of Let’s Talk SciComm – we couldn’t be more excited to be back talking about science communication with you.

To launch …

16. How to tackle procrastination

March 23rd, 2022


Procrastination is of the biggest challenges many of us come up against in our day-to-day work. And it can certainly be a major barrier to effective science communication. Whether you’re trying to write a thesis, an …

15. Interview with Science Communicator Amy LeBlanc

March 16th, 2022


This week we’re so excited to introduce you to one of our former science communication students, Amy LeBlanc. Amy started off studying bird communication at the University of Melbourne but ended up graduating into …

14. How to make videos about science

March 9th, 2022


We all know videos are one of the most popular and effective mediums to share science and that it’s possible to make great videos on your phone. Gone …

13. Interview with Wildlife photojournalist Doug Gimesy

March 2nd, 2022


We’re thrilled to introduce you to photographer extraordinaire Doug Gimesy in this week’s episode.

Doug is a professional conservation and wildlife photojournalist who focuses on Australian issues. A Senior Fellow of …

12. How to edit your writing effectively

February 23rd, 2022


In this episode, Michael and Jen are joined by our wonderful UniMelbSciComm colleague Dr Linden Ashcroft to discuss why editing is such an important …

11. Interview with Dr Catherine Wheller

February 16th, 2022


We can’t wait for you to meet Dr Catherine Wheller on this week’s episode.

Catherine has had a wonderfully diverse career and is currently the …

10. How to build a professional online profile

February 9th, 2022


We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Publish or perish’. But what about the more recent maxim ‘Be visible or vanish’? Regardless of your career stage, there are many advantages to having a professional online presence: it will …

9: Interview with science radio broadcaster Dr Shane Huntington OAM

February 2nd, 2022


Welcome to Season Two of Let’s Talk SciComm! We’re thrilled to introduce you to our first guest for this season, Dr Shane Huntington OAM.

Shane is the Chief Executive Officer of Little Big Steps; a charity helping kids …

8: How to tackle the imposter syndrome

December 8th, 2021


On the outside you appear confident, composed and on top of your game. But on the inside, you are wracked with self-doubt. You feel like a fraud and …

7. Interview with the singing scientist Catriona Nguyen-Robertson

December 1st, 2021


In this episode we’re so excited to introduce you to Catriona Nguyen-Robertson who is a singing scientist: she sings in the laboratory and dreams up …

6. How to improve your science writing

November 24th, 2021


In 2014, Steven Pinker published a piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education titled ‘Why academic writing stinks’. While we might take offense at the notion that our writing ‘stinks’, there’s no question that the way …

5. Interview with science journalist Dr Graham Phillips

November 17th, 2021


In this episode we’re delighted to speak with Dr Graham Phillips, a very familiar – and much loved – Australian science communicator and journalist.

Graham was the host of ABC TV’s science program Catalyst for many …

4. How to give a better science talk

November 10th, 2021


All scientists need to give talks but being able to give a brilliant talk takes skill. Are you wondering how to best keep your audience’s attention? How to design slides that enhance, rather than distract from what …

3. Interview with climate scientist Dr Linden Ashcroft

November 3rd, 2021


In this episode we’re thrilled to chat with Dr Linden Ashcroft, a lecturer in climate science and science communication at The University of Melbourne, and a proud member of the UniMelbSciComm teaching team. She is also …

2. How to NOT be boring

October 27th, 2021


This week Jen and Michael chat about the important topic of ‘How to NOT be boring’ when communicating about science.

We’re sure you can all remember sitting through an incredibly boring science talk or struggling to …

1. Interview with ecologist Professor Euan Ritchie

October 20th, 2021


In this episode, we’re delighted to chat with Euan Ritchie, Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in Deakin University’s Centre for …

Welcome to Let's Talk SciComm

October 13th, 2021


Welcome to Let's Talk SciComm! In this trailer episode, hosts Dr Jen Martin and Dr Michael Wheeler introduce themselves and season one of the podcast.

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