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For this episode, Bart and I had a rather spontaneous chat about conspiracy beliefs and science communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide conspiracy myths about SARS-CoV-2 appear to be on the rise, and conspiracy narrators team up with other cranks in demonstrations – ‘hygiene demos....
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SciComm as Career Development Tool - Dmitry Kopelyanskiy Dmitry - Science speaker

https://www.scienceforprogress.eu/48-scicomm-as-career-development-tool-dmitry-kopelyanskiy/

For this episode, Dennis talked to Dmitry Kopelyanskiy, a contest-winning science communicator who gives entertaining science talks on stage – mostly about his own research on tropical diseases. But here, Dmitry also talks about his academic career odyssey (from Russia to Switzerland via Israel and Germany), his path to science communication, and his involvement in “Skills for Scientists” – a career development program at the University of Lausanne.
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“The population says, ‘this external funding lowers the trust in science!’ “ – Tanja Gabriele Baudson

“I think our task as citizens and as people interested in science, and in truth, and in freedom, [is] to prevent that something like what happened in the United States is going to happen in Germany aswell.” – Claus Martin

Mark the date! The March for Science 2018 is on April 14th! Last year, the March for Science in Germany was the largest (in terms of number of marches) outside the USA. Dr. Tanja Gabriele Baudson, giftedness researcher and visiting professor at the University of Luxemburg, and Claus Martin, a director and composer from Mühlheim, brought local organizer teams together, and coordinated them! In our first external interview, the two describe how they decided to take the initiative. We also cover what they identified as the issue underlying the spread of anti-science sentiments in Germany: a lack of trust in science in the population due to the influence of third party funding. And finally we talk about activities planned for this year’s March for Science in Germany.

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To find out more, visit the website of the March for Science in Germany, and consider donating either through the website, or by bank transfer to
IBAN: DE82 8306 5408 0004 0317 33
BIC: GENODEF1SLR

If you’re not from Germany, you can find the local march closest to you on the international website.

additional note
Tanja briefly mentioned the “science barometer”. This is an annual poll done by “Wissenschaft im Dialog” (Science in Dialogue), which ‘promotes discussion and exchange about research in Germany’.

Show Notes:
https://www.scienceforprogress.eu/episode-1-hugo-bettencourt-talks-abou-science-communication-and-famelab

(First Published: 1st April 2018 by Dennis Eckmeier)

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“people should learn scientific knowledge to be able to discuss important topics and use science for good”

Our guest is Gabriella Ferreira, a masters student in Science Philosophy. She talks about her studies of Science Philosophy, and volunteer work at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência. She worked on a collection of animals. The same in which Luís Ceríaco found a previously undescribed species. Gabriella showcases the importance of historical collections for current research efforts. Work done in natural history museums can be applied to conservation purposes, and to study the evolution of species.

She further talks about the history of science. Some of the questions posed by ancient natural philosophers are still studied, today, using modern science. We also talked a bit about modern bio-ethical problems.

background

Gabriella spend her childhood in Paris, before she moved to the countryside in Portugal. The change in environment got her interested in gardening, farming and nature. After receiving a bachelors in biology she began her masters studies in 2017, in Lisbon.

notes

We mention the quote ‘If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.’ – it goes back to Dr. Richard Feynman, a famous physicist and physics educator.

Show Notes: https://www.scienceforprogress.eu/ep2-gabriella-ferreira-science-history-philosophy-and-research-in-museum-collections/

Published: 11th March 2018 by Dennis Eckmeier

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