Science podcasting workshop with The Naked Scientists

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 12.17.36 pmThe Science Media Centre is introducing a series of workshops that will offer scientists the opportunity to pick up tips and skills to help them communicate their science via blogging, podcasting, online video and animation.

The series kicks off next month with Dr Chris Smith of the top-rating science podcast The Naked Scientists hosting science podcasting workshops in Auckland and Wellington.

With a cheap digital recorder and free audio editing software you can now create your own podcasts and publish them to the web to showcase your science and build your confidence as a communicator.

Podcasts such as SciFriday, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and The Naked Scientists are attracting millions of downloads and streams every month, often eclipsing the impact of mainstream media as a means of science communication.

This Science Media SAVVY workshop features Dr Chris Smith, the founder and host of the hugely popular The Naked Scientists podcast, and will introduce you to the tools and techniques that will help you get your science podcast off the ground.

The workshop is aimed at scientists who are keen to develop either a podcast or audio interviews and features to showcase and popularise science. It will cover:

– Science communication in the audio format – what works and what bombs

– The basics of recording good quality audio and hassle-free audio editing

– Sourcing and using copyright-free music and sound-effects

– Promoting your podcasts, building an audience and collaborating with mainstream media

– Opportunities to contribute to existing podcasts with a large reach.

There will be opportunities for attendees to gain feedback on audio samples they submit as part of the application process.

FREE TO ATTEND: Limited to 30 attendees – applications via online form essential


Science Media SAVVY – science communication and podcasting workshop

Presented in association with AUT University and Royal Society of New Zealand

Venues and dates:

Auckland – AUT University, 1 – 4pm, August 11

Wellington – Royal Society of New Zealand, 12 – 3pm, August 12

Full event details will be sent to those selected for the workshop

Presenter: Dr Chris Smith, BBC science correspondent and founder of The Naked Scientists podcast

Attendees are also invited to special live recordings of the Naked Scientists in conjunction with Radio New Zealand’s This Way Up show. AUCKLAND: AUT University’s Wave Room on Saturday August 9th, 12 – 1pm. WELLINGTON: Paramount Theatre, Tuesday August 12th, 6 – 8pm. More details on the Radio New Zealand website.