Science communication is changing dramatically. The ivory tower is shaking, and the cracks are growing fast. Science is still academic, but it being distributed to an increasingly wider public in an increasing number of ways. There are two major reasons for this:
First, more and more scientists want to become independent from the traditional structure of publishing, in which they have historically had very little control. The result is a growing number of so called ‘open journals’.
Second, a growing number of people want to be able to digest science news and research in their own way, independent of the traditional mass media, with access to the original source, or just more variety. This is the reason why new science publishers have flourished, from This Week in Science to Mythbusters and scienceblogs.com.
For our April BKKSci meeting, we are happy to welcome Thomas Wanhoff, who has been podcasting about science issues since he started Wanhoffs Wonderful World of Science in 2005. For the past 3 years, he has also been podcasting on scienceblogs.de, the German version of the popular US Scienceblog, which is now a part of National Geographic. Thomas lives in Laos right now, but “as long as I have Internet it doesn’t matter where I am. I can produce anywhere,” he says.
At BKK Scientifique he will talk about what has kept him producing his podcast for the last 7 years, what the response from the academic community is, and how the feedback from his listeners encourages him (or doesn’t). He will also give an overview of the current state of science communication, with a lot of best practices and examples.
This event is free
All BKKSci events are free of charge. We do however ask that you please consider supporting Cafe Tartine (our venue) by purchasing your choice of food and drink during the event. Cafe Tartine has kindly agreed to host BKKSci free of charge. This is our way of thanking them for their support.
How to get there
Cafe Tartine is located on Soi Ruamrudee at Athenee Residence (65 Wireless Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330). The cafe is a but a short walk from BTS Ploenchit. Parking is limited but available.
Image curtesy: Thomas Wanhoff