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In this episode we share our thoughts about the 2019 Hello Tomorrow conference in Paris, among other things. Hello Tomorrow is an impressive deep tech conference, where startups, academics, and funders meet in Paris over two days to hear some of the most exciting innovations developed to address out most pressing challenges. It's our third Hello Tomorrow, and this was easily the best one yet ... and not just because our very own Gemma was hosting it! The production value, speaker curation, and overall atmosphere certainly made this a conference to remember.

We also touch a little on our time at SXSW, as well as give some updates/announcements about Science: Disrupt. Basically we've just refreshed our website to allow us to start producing more written content on the site, so stay tuned for interviews, and editorials on allthe science innovation ecosystem. We're also putting out a call for contributors, so if you have something you'd like to write on the platform get in touch here.  

Our website was developed by Mehedi Hassan, you can reach out to him here.

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In this episode we chat to science writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and now communications consultant Dr Kat Arney on all things science communication! We dive into the current state of the science communication industry, from the tools of the trade, things that 'scicommers' can improve, and the work Kat does training researchers in the art of storytelling.

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In today's episode we are joined by Richard Clarke, a PhD researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine! Richard is a member of the the Vaccine Confidence Project, an initiative that monitors public confidence in immunisation for the purpose of detecting public concerns around vaccines. These concerns can have massive implications for the effectiveness of vaccine programmes and as such researchers must address them as early as possible.

In this episode we explore what researchers can do to effectively communicate science on-and-off-line (it turns out caps lock, insults, and twitter mobs aren't very convincing...), and the results of his research that suggests that on the whole people are less vulnerable to online pseudoscience than we might think. We also chat about his involvement in the Skeptic community, and the role that public trust in authority plays in vaccine hesitancy.

Richard's PhD focusses on the information seeking behaviours of mothers as they make a vaccine decision during pregnancy. In his studies Richard applies research from the psychology of decision making, trust and the field of information science to quantitatively investigate how mothers engage in information gathering to aid decision making with respect to the pertussis vaccine currently offered during pregnancy. 

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In today's episode Gemma speaks to Hila Cohen the International Business Development Lead of the World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator. We dive into the invaluable work done by the WFP, the benefits of considerate locally focussed innovations in food tech, and whether there should be concerns given the aging farming community.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies and nurtures solutions to hunger globally. They also provide financial support to WFP innovators and external start-ups, and access to a network of experts. The WFP believes that the way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but identifying and testing solutions in an agile way.

 

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**Special episode klaxon**

It's no secret that the internet has changed the way we communicate, and the last 12 months has also made clear the realisation that it has also changed the way we form our views. On December 5th 2018 we ran an event on Science communication called Disrupting the Conversation (kindly sponsored by Digital Science) on how to battle against misinformation, and effectively communicate scientific ideas.

The panel were:

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  • Stephen Buranyi - (00:01:25)
  • Professor Ruth Morgan - 00:05:05
  • Richard Clarke - 00:23:00
  • Dr Alice Bell - 00:47:40
  • Panel Discussion - 01:11:20
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Today's guest is Antipem Ofori Charles, a Ghanaian inventor and entrepreneur who is intent on transforming science education within Ghana and beyond. Antipem is the founder of the DEXT Technology, an accessible science set designed to engage students in underserved communities with the wonder of science. 

One of Antipem's inspirations for developing DEXT was through his own pathway into science. His father, a local high school teacher, framed what it meant to be a scientist for him by designing rain collection experiments with the simplest of equipment...a bottle and a funnel. This spirit of democratisation of science through ease of access has been woven into development of the Science Set. Affordable, but with a diverse array of resources, it sets up students with the tools they need to develop their drive to tinker and experiment.

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Today's guest is Dr Harpreet Sood, NHS England’s Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer and a practicing NHS doctor at University College London Hospital.We get to grips with how the NHS is currently interacting with founders, and the wealth of opportunity for innovators. Given the NHS's core mission, we also dive into the idea of responsible innovation because while there may be plenty of low hanging fruit the patients under the NHS's care come first.

**The audio is a little spotty but we hope you enjoy it.

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In this episode we are joined by our pal, the inimitable Harry Destecroix. Harry is CEO of Unit DX and Carbometrics, and is former CEO of Ziylo. We chat about why (and how) he managed to have such a mental job title, how Bristol is fast becoming a spinout factory, and how entrepreneurship can be fostered in the sciences with just a little bit more education, and a bit more ecosystem support.

If you want to find out more about the story of Ziylo and Carbometrics, Gemma covered the astounding news of their sale to Novo Nordisk in Forbes earlier this year.

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We spoke to Ryan Bethencourt, the Program Director and Venture Partner at IndieBio - the world's largest seed biotech accelerator - about building the science startups of tomorrow, the importance of the hustler, and why more risk should be taken in the medical research process..! 

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We spoke to Alon Vitenshtein Co-Founder of LabWorm, a newly launched, crowd-sourced platform for scientists in the digital age. LabWorm wants to make research more efficient by taking the stress and randomness out of the search for useful research tools. Whether you're seeking image analysis software, resources for cutting edge proteomics, or even a great podcast that reaches out to the brilliant scientific innovators (...yes we're featured on the site) - LabWorm have got you covered! 

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