One researcher. Two curious presenters. 20 minutes of personal discussions. This is the premise of the Faculty of Science’s radio programme ‘Nyfiken på’ (‘Curious About’).
“In radio, you can capture the colour of someone’s voice,” says Carina Eliasson, one of the presenters.
Student Lisa Grettve and public information officer Carina Eliasson met at the Science Festival, and came up with the idea of making a radio programme in which they would interview researchers from the Faculty of Science.
“Researchers can describe their own work and have the opportunity to concretise it,” explains Lisa. Radio is an entertaining medium, and in many ways is unexploited within research communication.
To date, physicist Anna-Karin Gustafsson, geophysicist Erik Sturkell and chemist Marica Ericson have taken their place behind the microphone to talk about themselves and their research, and more researchers will be taking part in future. With hundreds of members of teaching staff and researchers at the faculty, Lisa and Carina have their work cut out.
“The programmes should have a good spread, both between different subjects and departments and between the genders and ages of the researchers,” says Lisa.
“Different people take different angles of approach, making for completely different sorts of programmes,” says Carina. “The ambition is that the programmes should generate greater interest in research and science.”
About Lisa and Carina
Role: Studying journalism, wants to become a scientific journalist. Has previously studied biology and chemistry. Involved in student radio in her free time. Dream guest: “The American geneticist Craig Venter, and Thomas Henry Huxley – ‘Darwin’s bulldog’ – who put forward Darwin’s ideas as Darwin himself was a little shy.”
Role: Public information officer at the Faculty of Science. Has a background in journalism, with more than 20 years of experience mainly within radio and TV. Dream guest: “It would be good to do a programme with Marie Curie and Albert Einstein, but it certainly wouldn’t be easy.”