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Science is going through a revolution. The world of tech, startups, makers and collaborators are being welcomed into the scientific ecosystem like never before. We interview the innovators, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs creating change in science.

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Episode 48: Build. Test. Repeat.
<p><br /> This episode features our pals Ali Afshar and Ignacio Willats founders of <a href="hackscience.io">HackScience</a>, a startup focussed on streamlining research by taking time consuming lab tasks out of hands of the scientists through automation. Their principle product currently is the cell feed exchanger, which replenishes the liquid food required for healthy cells in culture. This process can take hours out the day, and often requires the researcher to come in during weekends. Automating research also allows for science that is reproducible, and it seems that the future of biology is machine readable.</p> <p>HackScience has its origins as a hackathon, with Ali keen to collide scientists and engineers to solve research problems, and Ignacio being well versed in hackathons, and startup development. The interdisciplinary nature of the hackathon nicely represents the constructive, collaborative nature of the ideal research environment, exposing two often isolated groups with the skillsets, and problem sets of the other.</p> <p>Rapid prototyping is in the DNA of HackScience. This is characteristic of hackathons, but when combined with Co-Founder Ignacio's drive to always stay on top of the demands of researchers and iterate accordingly, has resulted in HackScience losing sight of the core mission which is to actually help researchers. </p> <p>One thing that was particularly interesting to hear about was Ali's dual life as a startup founder, and as an active PhD Researcher at Imperial College. We've spoken to researchers that have developed their startups as PhD's in their spare time (<a href="sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/mark-hahnel">Episode 13 - Mark Hahnel</a>), and founders who in order to really make a go of the company felt that leaving academia made the most sense (<a href= "sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/bethan-wolfenden">Episode 46 - Bethan Wolfenden</a>). But Ali is operating under an exceptional set of circumstances. Working three days a week at Imperial developing the science behind printable solar cells and developing HackScience every hour of every other day. The balancing act is impressive, however it seemed Ali would not have it any other way, with the rapidity of startup life as a kind of hectic respite from the slow plod of research.</p> <p>~ ~ ~</p> <p>* If you liked the episode be sure to subscribe on iTunes (or your podcast site of choice) and leave a rating/comment. It helps a bunch :)</p> <p>** Other podcasts on similar topics:</p> <p><a href="sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/alok-tayi">Episode 28: Science's Mission Control</a>, with Alok Tayi Founder  of TetraScience</p> <p><a href="sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/bethan-wolfenden">Episode 46: From Side Project to Startup</a>, with Bethan Wolfenden Co-Founder of BentoBio</p>
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Episode 47: Building the Impossible
<p>This episode features Winfried Hensinger, Professor of Quantum Technologies at the University of Sussex. Following on from our chat with the brilliant Chad Rigetti, we were keen to get the academic perspective on the burgeoning field of quantum computing. We were immediately struck by Winfried's fire for this field, describing it as making science fiction a reality (he made his way into physics via a love of Star Trek).</p> <p>We were keen to dive into the core challenges of building the technology, whether there's any fundamental physics left to do to make quantum computing (or whether it's now in the hands of the engineers), and the desperate need for coders willing to learn and develop quantum algorithms. </p> <p>Winfried was also very candid about how he feels physics and quantum physics in particular should be taught, through meaning rather than through rote learning of facts, and that nobody should be left behind when it comes to accessing this realm of physics.</p> <p>~ ~ ~</p> <p>* The audio on Winfried's end does some strange things occasionally, however he was really an amazing person to chat to and so we wanted to get this episode out to you. We'll also be visiting his lab in the near future, so if you have any burning questions for an active quantum researchers, let us know and we'll ask it on the pod</p> <p><br /> ** If you liked the episode be sure to subscribe on iTunes (or your podcast site of choice) and leave a rating/comment. It helps a bunch :)</p> <p><br /> *** Other podcasts on similar topics:</p> <p><br /> <a href="https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/chad-rigetti">Episode 40: Quantum Computing in Startup Land</a>, with Chad Rigetti Founder of Rigetti Computing</p> <p><br /> <a href="https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/katie-rae">Episode 33: From Lab Bench to Marketplace</a>, with Katie Rae CEO of MIT's Deep Tech Accelerator - The Engine</p>
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Episode 46: From Side Project to Startup
<p>This episode we chatted to <a href= "https://twitter.com/bethanwolfenden">Bethan Wolfenden</a>, the co-founder of <a href="https://www.bento.bio/">Bento Bioworks</a>, a biotech startup that has created a 'laptop size laboratory'. This kit allows the user to perform simple DNA analysis and dramatically reduces the cost of the components you'd need to analyse samples, thus lowering the barrier to entry for molecular biology.</p> <p>This episode is a very candid discussion about founding the company, as we cover the difficult decision to move on from a PhD to develop the company and the challenges of crowdfunding the product (of which they had a successful KickStarter campaign). </p> <p>We also meander through the burgeoning DIY bio community, how the <a href="http://igem.org/Main_Page">IGEM</a> competition has informed her attitude towards science done within the confines of academia, and what citizen science can actually achieve (when it's not reduced to data collection).</p> <p>  </p> <p>If you liked the episode be sure to subscribe on iTunes (or your podcast site of choice) and leave a rating/comment. It helps a bunch :)</p> <p><br /> Other relevant podcasts on similar topics:</p> <p><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/zach-mueller">Episode 37: Science in Seattle</a>, with Zach Mueller a founding member of <a href="https://sound.bio/">SoundBio</a> (The Seattle BioHackspace)<br /> <a href="https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/mark-hahnel">Episode 13: The Science Sharing Revolution</a>, with Mark Hahnel the founder of <a href="https://figshare.com/">Figshare</a></p>
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Episode 45: Securing the Future of Food
<p>In this episode we chatted to <a href= "https://twitter.com/ChristineRGould">Christine Gould</a>, founder and CEO of the <a href="http://www.tffchallenge.com/">Thought for Food</a> Foundation. Their annual conference, startup challenge and active community centres around the science and tech working to ensure we have enough food to feed the world. </p> <p>With Christine, we talked about how to bring together diverse groups of people - startups, scientists, designers, policy makers, corporates and, in particular, young people, to work towards solutions. She explained how the TFF annual summit is centred around experience design and a strong culture of innovation (openness, collaboration, beginner's mindset, entrepreneurial methods, purpose before paycheck and larger-than-life energy), and that this can be replicated across sectors. </p> <p>Christine was particularly passionate about how young people can build and design the future, and how critical their involvement is. </p> <p>We were particularly interested in Christine's attitude towards agriculture in 2017 being a place ripe for tech and science innovation, and hence, one of the most exciting sectors to be focusing on right now!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>If you liked the episode be sure to subscribe on iTunes (or your podcast site of choice) and leave a rating/comment. It helps a bunch :)</p> <p><br /> Other relevant podcasts on similar topics:</p> <p><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/hugh-forrest">Episode 31: Curating Curiosity</a>, with <a href= "https://twitter.com/Hugh_W_Forrest">Hugh Forrest</a>, The Director of <a href= "https://www.sxsw.com/">SXSW</a> Interactive<br /> <br /></p>
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Episode 44: Leading the Automation Revolution
<p>In this episode we chatted to <a href= "https://twitter.com/sexylikemeiosis">Kristin Ellis</a>, the Scientific Development Lead at <a href= "http://opentrons.com/">OpenTrons</a>, about all things science. OpenTrons is a company that builds affordable open-source lab robots, that remove the need to perform tedious manual pipetting tasks, to free up valuable time for researchers. </p> <p>We touched on the importance of good science communication and the unfair stigma that often impacts researchers that are keen to involve and talk to the public, and the true value of encouraging that "...and then it just clicked" moment with people previously disengaged with science. </p> <p>We also spoke about the innovative ways tinkerers have adapted their open-source robots, the value of putting automation into the hands of the many, and the attitude shift required in science to promote prototyping and hacking. We were keen to see how OpenTrons has been received by academics looking to streamline their research and were fascinated by their passage through Haxclr8tr (a hardware startup accelerator, now called <a href= "https://hax.co/">HAX</a>). Their relationship to Shenzhen is also pretty amazing - described as the silicon valley for hardware, the labyrinthine market in Shenzhen allows hardware hackers to rapidly test out ideas, a concept essentially intractable even with the electronic hardware superstores elsewhere.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you liked the episode be sure to subscribe on iTunes (or your podcast site of choice) and leave a rating/comment. It helps a bunch :)</p> <p><br /> Other relevant podcasts on similar topics:</p> <p><a href="https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/max-hodak">Episode 20: The Robotic Researchers</a>, with Max Hodak, CEO of <a href= "https://www.transcriptic.com/">Transcriptic</a><br /> <a href="https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/alok-tayi">Episode 28: Science's Mission Control</a>, with Alok Tayi, CEO of <a href= "http://www.tetrascience.com/">Tetrascience</a></p>
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Episode 43: Getting to Science 2.0
<p>This episode <a href="https://twitter.com/timoreilly" target= "_blank" rel="noopener" data-cke-saved-href= "https://twitter.com/timoreilly">Tim O'Reilly</a>, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media joins us in a far reaching conversation spanning the whole science ecosystem. From the communication of science, to liberating knowledge generated by research from the confines of the static PDF, to the mutual learning experience of colliding technologists and academics,</p> <p>Tim has been regarded as a thought leader in Silicon Valley over the past few decades, popularising the terms open source and web 2.0. So we were interested to see how he believes the rapid technological advancement of late could impact science and academic culture.. </p> <p>O'Reilly Media also operates an awesome conference called SciFoo. The event is a partnership between O'Reilly, Google, <a href="https://www.digital-science.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener" data-cke-saved-href= "https://www.digital-science.com/">Digital Science</a>, and the Nature Publishing Group which brings together an interdisciplinary cohort of scientists, as well as technologists and policy makers, so it was great to hear how Tim feels collaboration can be done in the 21st century. </p> <p> </p> <p>** You can get more information on <a href= "https://www.digital-science.com/investment/catalyst-grant/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Digital Science's Catalyst Grant here</a> **</p>
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Episode 42: Taxonomy 2.0
<p>This episode we speak to Jose Carranza, a deep learning PhD researcher in Costa Rica who has taken his expertise to an unexpected field, that of the biological classification of plants. </p> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1506039602963_15718">We've spoken to plenty of former researchers who have moved out of the academy and into new ventures. However Jose's career has taken a different path, going from engineering roles at Intel and HP, back into academia to tackle a PhD. We were intrigued by the tough challenge of bringing AI to the field of botanical conservation, an area of research that is still highly qualitative, and the language barriers that must be overcome to make progress. These difficulties in communication are bi-directional, but with that said so are the opportunities for learning.</p> <p>We also get into the value of herbarium's and classifying species in general, from the ecological consequences of understanding the biodiversity at a deep level, to raising the public's appreciation of the natural world (of which Jose is particular passionate). And whether there is a role for botanists in the future, given that deep learning has had great success finding new ways to classify plants - in short botanists have nothing to fear....phew!</p>
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Episode 41: Taking Action in Science
<p>This episode we speak to Elizabeth Iorns who is the Founder and CEO of Science Exchange. We wanted to get Elizabeth's view on what it really takes change the status quo in science - both from a process perspective in the way we conduct ourselves in a lab with regards to suppliers, but also from an activation standpoint - instead of training people up on reproducibility, actually going out and making change using the resources she had access to. We are all about finding role models for change at Science: Disrupt, and Elizabeth is a perfect example of someone who takes action and builds the future - making scientific revolution seem just that bit more achievable.</p> <p> </p> <p>** Audio is a little down on this one, but we're excited to get this out to you all :)</p>
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Episode 40: Quantum Computing in Startup Land
<p>We speak to Chad Rigetti, CEO of quantum computing startup <a href="http://rigetti.com/">Rigetti Computing</a>. We dive deep into the challenges that face deep tech startups, the core debates within quantum computing, and what it's like to compete with the likes of Google in this brave new world of the future computer.</p> <p>We wanted to get an insight into what's actually going on behind the scenes in the burgeoning quantum computing industry. We were also intrigued as to how a startup is able to play competitively in a space that requires so much up front investment and such a focus on experimental and theoretical research. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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Episode 39: Building Trust in the Digital Age
<p>This episode we spoke to Imogen Bunyard, CoFounder of Qadre a startup focussed on building blockchain solutions that tackle trust issues within enterprises. This could include tackling the counterfeit drug market. Imogen has a particular knack for breaking down a complex topic (in this case the blockchain), grounding it reality, and imagining use cases that can really make a difference.<br /> <br /> There's a lot of hype and plenty of misinformation around blockchain, it's either the domain of <a href= "https://www.wired.com/2015/04/silk-road-1/" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "https://www.wired.com/2015/04/silk-road-1/">drug smugglers and the dark web</a>; or like AI, it's presumed that it's a silver bullet for every company woe you can imagine. There's also little effort made to make the topic actually understandable, with <a href= "https://thelongandshort.org/machines/blockchain-explained" target= "_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "https://thelongandshort.org/machines/blockchain-explained">convoluted analogies galore</a>. <br /> <br /> We were keen to hear about the paucity of academic research in the field as researchers are drawn away from the academy. There's plenty of articles on the idea of brain drain, as corporates look to build up their intellectual inventory by essentially buying up scientists (sometimes even entire labs). Research skills in data science, computer vision, or AI are incredibly lucrative propositions for organisations, and the big tech companies are <a href= "https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/26/it-isnt-just-uber-carnegie-mellons-computer-science-dean-on-its-poaching-problem/" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/26/it-isnt-just-uber-carnegie-mellons-computer-science-dean-on-its-poaching-problem/">h</a><a href="https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/26/it-isnt-just-uber-carnegie-mellons-computer-science-dean-on-its-poaching-problem/" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/26/it-isnt-just-uber-carnegie-mellons-computer-science-dean-on-its-poaching-problem/">oovering up research</a> departments <a href= "https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/26/it-isnt-just-uber-carnegie-mellons-computer-science-dean-on-its-poaching-problem/" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/26/it-isnt-just-uber-carnegie-mellons-computer-science-dean-on-its-poaching-problem/">left and right</a> but at least those fields had time to become established as topics of study within most universities.</p>
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Episode 38: Open Minds, Open Hardware
<p>This episode was recorded in the bowels of Sussex University when we met up with <a href="https://twitter.com/NeuroFishh" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "https://twitter.com/NeuroFishh">Tom Baden</a> a Neuroscientist interested in how the visual system processes information. Our motivation for chatting to Tom was a brilliant project called the FlyPi that he developed, along with <a href= "https://twitter.com/Chagas_AM" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://twitter.com/Chagas_AM">Andre Chagas</a> another Neuroscientist who joined us via the magic of Skype.</p> <p>FlyPi is a great representation of a seemingly growing phenomena of DIY tools within the labs - you can <a href= "http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2002702" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2002702"> read the paper for the specs</a>, but in short it's a 3D printed lab for imaging experiments - specifically of the fruit fly (as the name FlyPi might suggest). Along with the <a href= "https://www.foldscope.com/home" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.foldscope.com/home">FoldScope</a>, and a number of other simple, cheap tools (including a <a href= "http://www.instructables.com/id/Lab-Centrifuge-Fidget-Spinner/" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "http://www.instructables.com/id/Lab-Centrifuge-Fidget-Spinner/">fidget spinner centrifuge</a> ...), the ability to probe the natural world in a meaningful way is being made available to a much wider audience.  </p> <p>We spoke a bunch about Tom's <a href="http://trendinafrica.org/" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "http://trendinafrica.org/">Trend in Africa</a> programme, which trains up researchers in underserved parts of the continent so they're up to scratch with the latest neuroscience tools/knowhow. We also discussed the broad topic of the maker movement in biology, the fear of experimenting with experiments, and the way that DIY hardware in science needs to be shown off in the appropriate venues (and that means not just buried away in the academic literature).</p> <p>We thoroughly enjoyed chatting to Andre and Tom, and we left feeling energised that the spirit of ingenuity, of tinkering, and playing with science is alive and well.</p>
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Episode 37: Science in Seattle
<p>This episode we speak to <a href= "https://twitter.com/zachmueller">Zach Mueller</a>, an Amazon Data Scientist and co-Founder of <a href="https://sound.bio/" target= "_blank">Sound.Bio</a>, Seattle's first DIY Biohackspace. We wanted to hear about how they aim to build a community around biology, the challenges of setting up the lab, and the efforts they go to to educate Seattleites in modern biotech.</p> <p>Zach comes to biology with little experience, in fact he was drawn to the field after listening to a podcast that spoke about <a href="http://igem.org/Main_Page">IGEM</a>, the synthetic biology competition for undergraduate teams. This idea of arriving at the lab with a minimal background in the science, is what these biohackspaces are all about. They're a place where you can experiment with experimenting, learn new skills, and join a community that is committed to producing value through biotech.</p> <p>The space itself is kitted out with the kinds of tools you would expect in order to carry out modern biology experiments. However, the lab is also keen to leverage the skills and resourcefulness of the maker community, to really hammer home the important concept that biology doesn't have to be restricted to the confines of a university. Or perhaps more importantly, that participating in biology is not simply the reserve of institutions with pockets deep enough to purchase the latest tech.</p>
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Episode 36: Unearthing Tomorrow's Medicine
In this episode we spoke to Jackie Hunter, CEO of Benevolent Bio, a company that utilises machine learning and AI to find previously overlooked drug candidates within the research literature. Jackie was previously Chief Executive of the BBSRC and comes into the AI space with a wealth of experience in industrial drug discovery.  
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Episode 35: Reading and Writing in a Universal Language
In this episode we spoke to Emily Leproust, CEO of Twist Bioscience. Twist has revolutionised the process of synthesising DNA which is used in applications spanning drug discovery to optimising crop production and beyond.
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Episode 34: Being Agile at 130
<p>This week we spoke to <a target="_blank" href= "http://twitter.com/joshghaim">Josh Ghaim</a>, CTO of Johnson & Johnson. We were interested in how at around 130 years old, one of the largest organisations on the planet can stay nimble, forward facing, and seek out innovation in new places. We met Josh at the Hello Tomorrow conference last year, and were interested in how important that kind of face time is with budding healthcare innovators. We were keen to break down the role of J&J Innovation, an arm of the company that seeks to develop healthcare through entrepreneurship. This includes the international JLabs and JLinx accelerators.<br /> <br /> Josh also spoke about their <a target="_blank" href= "https://www.jnjinnovation.com/africachallenge/">Africa Innovation Challenge</a>, which offers budding founders up to $100,000, in the areas of early childhood development and maternal health to name a few.<br />  </p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 33: From Lab Bench To Marketplace
<p>This week we spoke to <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/ktrae">Katie Rae</a>, the CEO of <a target= "_blank" href="https://www.engine.xyz/">The Engine</a>, a Cambridge (Mass.) based deep tech accelerator that provides the physical workspace to develop the companies, the Cambridge brain trust to guide the founders, and the financial backing to make each transformative idea a reality. The companies range from robotics, energy, medical devices, and biotech. Prior to The Engine, Katie was the served as Chairman and Managing Director of Boston TechStars.</p> <p>The Engine, solves an enormous problem in taking these deep tech companies from ideation to realisation. That is, despite the enormous interest from investors in these areas, it's simply too difficult for these companies to access the resources they need - you can't just build a quantum computer in a WeWork...</p> <p><a target="_blank" href= "https://www.engine.xyz/form/engine-room">The Engine Room</a> is the nexus of The Engine concept; an online platform that provides the lab space and equipment for the founders to build their companies. But beyond the resource-poor founders, the Engine Room encourages external organisations that wish to support seedling companies by providing equipment to sign up too.</p> <p>We were keen to hear about the innovation- and collaboration-focussed Kendall Square area, the difference in working with typical tech companies and the kind of deep tech startups The Engine brings in, and why deep tech can both be incredibly lucrative but also rewarding to fully realise a truly transformative company out of the lab.</p> <p>You can see more on what The Engine is all about here:</p> <iframe scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="" src= "//www.youtube.com/embed/32GcC5y1mRw?start=5&wmode=opaque&enablejsapi=1" width="854" frameborder="0" height="480"></iframe><a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a> <a href="https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/?format=rss" title= "Listen RSS" class="social-rss">Listen RSS</a>
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Episode 32: Truth, Beauty, Science
<p>Our latest episode is with Tom Zeller Jr the Editor in Chief of Undark (formerly at the New York Times). Undark was set up as way of applying hard hitting investigative journalism to the intersection of science and society. Supported by the Knight Foundation, Undark is unbeholden to advertisers which allows them to tackle the cases they want to. </p> <p>We think their description blows anything we could say out of the water...</p> <p><em>"" The name Undark arises from a murky, century-old mingling of science and commerce — one that resulted in an industrial and consumer product that was both awe-inspiring and, as scientists would later prove, toxic and deadly. We appropriate the name as a signal to readers that our magazine will explore science not just as a “gee-whiz” phenomenon, but as a frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture.</em></p> <p><em>As such, the intersection of science and society — the place where science is articulated in our politics and our economics; or where it is made potent and real in our everyday lives — is a fundamental part of our mission at Undark. As journalists, we recognize that science can often be politically, economically and ethically fraught, even as it captures the imagination and showcases the astonishing scope of human endeavor. Undark will therefore aim to explore science in both light and shadow, and to bring that exploration to a broad, international audience.</em></p> <p><em>Undark is not interested in “science communication” or related euphemisms, but in true journalistic coverage of the sciences. ""</em></p> <p>We were keen to discuss what we see as the current failings on how science is communicated, such as are we failing the general public by only communicating the end result of the science? Undark treats science as a process that has wide reaching impacts far beyond the publication that's typically reported, covering corruption in science, academic discrimination, and research censorship.</p> <p>Outside of Undark we were interested in Tom's time at the New York Times, the inspiring work environment, the grinding to meet deadlines, and being one of the "children and geeks" at the embryonic New York Times website.</p>
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Episode 31: Curating Creativity
<p>This episode we chatted to <a href= "https://twitter.com/Hugh_W_Forrest" target="_blank">Hugh Forrest</a>, the newly minted Chief Programming Officer of <a href= "https://www.sxsw.com/" target="_blank">South by South West</a> (SXSW). This role puts Hugh in charge of one of the most dynamic and diverse conferences around, covering around 1300 panels & talks, approximately 2000 bands, and roughly 300 films (many making their premieres at SXSW). Hugh's been at SXSW since the "stone ages" of the conference (way back in 1989...) - in fact he was the first paid employee! <br /> <br /> We were keen to see how SXSW has evolved over time by incorporating new tech and science streams, committing to the city of Austin, and bringing in some of the most sought after speakers - <a href= "https://www.sxsw.com/news/2017/vice-president-joe-biden-2017-sxsw-conference-video/" target="_blank">Vice President Joe Biden</a> and CRISPR co-inventor <a href= "https://www.sxsw.com/news/2017/jennifer-doudna-interactive-keynote-video/" target="_blank">Jennifer Doudna</a> made an appearance this year.<br /> <br /> We were fascinated by how SXSW has come to be the engaging and inclusive conference that people come back to year on year. And more specifically what can science conference organisers learn from the SXSW model.</p>
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Episode 30: The Reinvention of Research
<p>This week we chatted to <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/chartgerink">Chris Hartgerink</a> a PhD metascientist (the science of science) and open access advocate, whose core focus is on data fraud. Chris was recently featured in this <a target="_blank" href= "https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/01/high-tech-war-on-science"> Guardian piece</a> - he ruffled plenty of feathers when he modified and implemented <a target="_blank" href= "https://mbnuijten.com/statcheck/">Statcheck</a>, a tool developed by fellow metascientist <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/michelenuijten?lang=en">Michèle Nuijten</a> that scans tens of thousands of research papers and analyses the credibility of the findings. We talk data fabrication, the unfortunate resistance to skepticism in science, how to separate criticisms of research findings from personal attacks, and how we can reinvent science with what we know now.  </p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a> <a href="https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/?format=rss" title= "Listen RSS" class="social-rss">Listen RSS</a>
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Episode 29: Bringing Science to the Senate
<p>This episode we chatted to Michael Eisen (<a href= "https://twitter.com/mbeisen" target="_blank">@mbeisen</a>), a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Michael is a core advocate of the Open Science movement Co-Founding the Public Library of Science (<a href="https://www.plos.org/" target="_blank">PLOS</a>). He is also, as of this April, an aspiring Senator (you can follow his alter-ego at <a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorPhD" target= "_blank">@SenatorPhD</a>). We spoke about bringing science down from its ivory tower, the merits of being a politically engaged scientist, and how the issue of diversity in science (..and politics) is far from solved. </p> <p><a class="social-rss" title="Listen RSS" href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast/?format=rss">Listen RSS</a></p>
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Episode 28: Science's Mission Control
<p>We were joined by Alok Tayi, CEO and Co-Founder of <a target= "_blank" href="http://www.tetrascience.com/">TetraScience</a>, a Y Combinator alumni company that utilises IoT to transform how research is done. We talk about the current state of 'disconnected' research, being open to innovation within science, and how tech can give researchers their weekend back.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 27: The Perfection Paradox
<p>We spoke to Dr Roby Polakiewicz, Chief Scientific Officer of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.cellsignal.com/">Cell Signaling Technology</a> about their role in ensuring life science research is as reproducible as possible, through antibody production & validation. We chatted about the long road to reproducibility, the need for upskilling researchers, and why we should accept science as imperfect (yet still drive for perfection). </p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 26: Silicon Valley Science
<p>We spoke to <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanBethencourt" target="_blank">Ryan Bethencourt</a>, the Program Director and Venture Partner at <a href="http://indiebio.co/" target= "_blank">IndieBio</a> - 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..! </p>
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Episode 25: We've Turned One!
<p>Woohoo! Science: Disrupt is now a year old. We reflect back on the past year and talk about what's next for the show. Thanks so much for listening and stay tuned - we have big plans for 2017!</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 24: Everyone Needs a PostDoc Steve
<p>This episode we spend time with the brilliant <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/vivianchan_s">Vivian Chan</a>, Co-Founder of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.sparrho.com/">Sparrho</a>, a platform that allows researchers to stay up to date with cutting edge research curated by AI & the Sparrho community. We chatted about support networks inside and outside of research, Vivian's journey to Founder & her thoughts on how AI will disrupt research.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 23: Find me an Expert
<p>We spoke to <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/JorisRossum">Joris van Rossum</a> founder of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.peerwith.com/">Peerwith</a>, a platform that makes it easy to find the right experts to help with your research publication. Think of it like a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fiverr.com/">Fiverr</a> for science. We chatted about the sharing economy, the power of remote collaboration, and why efficiency in science should be prized.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 22: Science's Digital Toolbox
<p>We spoke to <a href="https://twitter.com/alonviten" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Alon Vitenshtein</a> Co-Founder of <a href="https://labworm.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">LabWorm</a>, 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! </p>
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Episode 21: The Science Diplomats
<p>Recorded a week after Trump's Inauguration, this week's episode is with <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardDABurge" target= "_blank" rel="noopener">Richard Burge</a>, Chief Executive of <a href="https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">Wilton Park</a> - an executive agency of the Foreign Office who helps coordinate Global political discussions - about the diplomacy of science. We chat chemical weapons, bioterrorism and nuclear treaties; we discuss why there are historians and classicists in policy but so few scientists; and how we ensure those who are making International decisions are clued up on the latest discoveries and advancements. This one's a goody...</p>
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Episode 20: The Robotic Researchers
<p>This episode we spoke to <a target="_blank" href= "http://twitter.com/max_hodak">Max Hodak</a> Founder and CEO of <a target="_blank" href="http://transcriptic.com">Transcriptic</a>, a Menlo Park based biotech company offering a robotic solution to research in the life sciences! We spoke about reproducibility in research, how Max went from undergrad to founding a Biotech startup, and why robotic research is the future of science. </p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 19: Accelerator Seeking Startups
<p>We sat down (over Skype) with the fascinating <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/sijbranddejong?lang=en">Sijbrand de Jong</a>, President of Council at CERN, to chat about how CERN is working with startups, the importance of basic science and the story of how he managed to miss the discovery of the Higgs Boson..!</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 18: How do they do it?
<p>We caught up with <a target="_blank" href= "http://twitter.com/lteytelman">Lenny Teytelman</a>, Co-Founder of <a target="_blank" href="http://protocols.io">Protocols.io</a> about the importance of Scientists sharing their how-to's and his story of becoming an accidental founder. Protocols.io acts as a GitHub for scientific methods, with collaboration, credit, and <a target="_blank" href= "http://www.nature.com/news/reproducibility-1.17552">reproducibility</a> at its core. </p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 17: The PhD Founders
<p>This episode we chatted to <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/Alicebentinck">Alice Bentinck</a> Co-Founder of <a target="_blank" href="http://codefirstgirls.org.uk">Code First Girls</a> and <a target="_blank" href= "https://www.joinef.com/">Entrepreneur First</a> about the importance of upskilling, flipping the perception of PhD utility, and the rise of domain specialist founders.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 16: Demystifying Surgery With VR
<p>We sat down with the wonderful <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/ShafiAhmed5">Dr Shafi Ahmed</a> and <a target= "_blank" href="https://twitter.com/VR2AR">Steve Dann</a>, founders of <a target="_blank" href= "http://www.medicalrealities.com/">Medical Realities</a>, an organisation specialising in the innovation of surgical training through virtual reality, and augmented reality. We talk about the importance of transparency for the medical profession, the power of VR, and their world first 360 degree surgical livestream back in April 2016! It's a good one...</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a> <form><input id="dropdown-70dff669eb3a6759a2cb" type="checkbox" class="archive-dropdown-toggle-checkbox" /> <label for= "dropdown-70dff669eb3a6759a2cb" class= "archive-dropdown-toggle-label"><span class= "archive-dropdown-toggle-title">Podcast Archive</span> </label></form> <ul class="archive-group-list"> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=July-2017" class= "archive-group-name-link">July 2017 <span class= "archive-group-count">3</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=June-2017" class= "archive-group-name-link">June 2017 <span class= "archive-group-count">4</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=May-2017" class= "archive-group-name-link">May 2017 <span class= "archive-group-count">3</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=April-2017" class= "archive-group-name-link">April 2017 <span class= "archive-group-count">4</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=March-2017" class= "archive-group-name-link">March 2017 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=February-2017" class= "archive-group-name-link">February 2017 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=January-2017" class= "archive-group-name-link">January 2017 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=December-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">December 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=November-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">November 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">1</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=October-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">October 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=September-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">September 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=August-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">August 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=July-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">July 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=June-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">June 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">3</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=May-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">May 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> <li class="archive-group"><a href= "https://sciencedisrupt.com/podcast?month=April-2016" class= "archive-group-name-link">April 2016 <span class= "archive-group-count">2</span></a></li> </ul>
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Episode 15: On Exposing Pseudoscience
<p>This time we chatted to <a href= "http://twitter.com/MrMMarsh">Michael Marshall</a>, Co-Founder of the <a target="_blank" href= "http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/">Merseyside Skeptic Society</a>, and Project Director of the <a target="_blank" href= "http://goodthinkingsociety.org/">Good Thinking Society</a>, on the value of effective communication, the ongoing battle against pseudoscience, and the importance of exposing yourself to disagreeable ideas.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 14: Rise of the Research Entrepreneurs
<p>We spoke to <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/CeriBrenner">Dr Ceri Brenner</a>, an Application Development Physicist at the <a target="_blank" href= "http://www.stfc.ac.uk/">STFC</a>. Based out of <a target="_blank" href="http://harwellcampus.com/">Harwell</a>, Ceri marries research with entrepreneurialism, focussing on how to spin out innovations related to the powerful lasers she works with. We chatted about the importance of flexibility in academia and what innovation really means in science!</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 13: The Science Sharing Revolution
<p>We sat down with Mark Hahnel founder of Figshare - an online data sharing platform for researchers - to talk open science, founding a startup in the midst of a PhD, and the death of paper lab notebooks.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 12: Healthcare Needs Mavericks
<p>We spoke to <a target="_blank" href= "http://twitter.com/maxi_macki">Maxine Mackintosh</a>, Chair of <a target="_blank" href="http://healthtechwomen.co.uk/">Health Tech Women UK</a> about innovations in health technology, creating communities for empowering women in STEM and balancing PhD and organisational leadership life! AND THERE'S A LIMERICK....</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 11: Going Where the Others Aren't
<p>Nobel laureate Eric Betzig joined us to talk blue skies thinking, the benefits of naval gazing, open access, and why in science being risk averse can be the riskiest choice of all.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 10: Imagining a Metric-Free Science
<p>We spoke to Dr Shelly Moram who leads the Functional Nitrides Group at the Department of Materials at Imperial College London about how to disrupt the way we do research and university teaching. We chatted about the metric-driven culture of universities, new ways to open up 'blue sky thinking' in scientific research, the Ivory Tower of Science and how to fight the academic 'brain drain'. </p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 9: Science is Vital
<p>We spoke to Andrew Steele (<a target="_blank" href= "http://twitter.com/statto">@statto</a>) founder of <a target= "_blank" href="https://scienceogram.org/">Scienceogram</a> and Vice-Chair of <a target="_blank" href= "http://scienceisvital.org.uk/">Science is Vital</a> about the funding landscape within the UK and the impact that Brexit may have on the the pockets of the countries research institutions and the potential of losing some serious intellectual capital from overseas.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 8: The Battle for Open Science
<p>The Open Science movement is gaining momentum and there is some seriously exciting initiatives driving for transparency and alternative methods of sharing scientific data. But it's got a big obstacle to overcome; the traditional academic publishing model. Ross Mounce, Editor at RIO Journal, chats to us about the distressing state of the academic publishing industry, a multi-billion pound behemoth. With enormous subscription costs paid for by the researchers who provide them with the material in the first place, extra costs to open up those papers to the wider public (whose tax dollars fund the research), archaic review processes that are ripe for innovation, and advocates that would make even the most cynical tobacco lobbyist squirm; this is going to be quite the battle.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 7: Maths, Beyond the Calculator
<p>We spoke to Conrad Wolfram, Strategic and International Director of Wolfram Research, and founder of Computer Based Math. He was keen to talk about disrupting maths education by teaching broader problem solving rather than pure computation, the importance of getting your message out there (... <a target="_blank" href= "https://www.ted.com/speakers/conrad_wolfram">he's not so bad at this himself</a>), and what's standing in the way of progress and educational reform.<br />  </p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 6: CRISPR for the Masses
<p>How do you go about building a tech solution to a scientific problem? Well it certainly helps if you recognise that there's a problem to begin with. This was the starting point for the biologically trained founders of Desktop Genetics to really make waves in a field not known for moving fast (...or for breaking things, for that matter). Desktop Genetics is a rapidly growing London based startup that makes CRISPR as easy to interact with as playlists in Spotify. We spoke to CEO Riley Doyle, and CBO Edward Perello, about pushing the value of tech in biology, the importance of UX and why the reproducibility crisis really is a crisis worth paying attention to.</p>
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Episode 5: In the Loop
<p>Timezones, geography, full time jobs - these should be barriers to the running of a complex engineering side-project on a moonshot challenge. Not the case with rLoop: a crack team of international engineers and enthusiasts who came together over Reddit to work on the ultimate passion project - designing the pod for Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept. </p> <p>We spoke to Brent Lessard, CEO of rLoop, about collaborating in our digital world, using the power of the crowd, being the underdog and changing the world.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 4: Science & Storytelling Collide
<p>We speak to Mark Levinson, Director of <a href= "http://particlefever.com/" target="_blank">Particle Fever</a>, about telling the human stories behind the Higgs Boson discovery, making the complex beautifully compelling, and what's next for the Particle Physicist turned Film-Maker...</p>
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Episode 3: Making Science Digital
<p>We spoke to <a target="_blank" href= "https://twitter.com/laurawheelers">Laura Wheeler</a> of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.digital-science.com/">Digital Science</a> to discuss how they are focusing on solving the problems of the research community through startups, software and innovation...</p> <p>She also spoke about their brilliant <a target="_blank" href= "https://www.digital-science.com/investment/catalyst-grant/">Catalyst Grant</a> for early stage ideas / startups intent on solving research problems through tech - you can apply before June 30th!</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 2: Science, Meet SaaS
<p><span>We spoke to Alex Flamant of Notion Capital (and ex-IBM Watson) to discuss what VCs are looking for in startups, why London is the perfect hotbed for innovation in AI and how corporates can foster an open research culture...</span></p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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Episode 1: Science On Stage
<p>Science communication needs help. We talk to Luke Robert Mason, Director of Virtual Futures, an organisation that collides science, technology and art through immersive events, about the importance of respecting your audience, what the tech industry is doing right and wrong, and building an engaged community around science.</p> <a href= "https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/science-disrupt/id1103502597?mt=2"></a>
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