Aberdeen research laid bare to thousands on radio and online

Aberdeen research laid bare to thousands on radio and online

As thousands descend on the University of Aberdeen for its annual Open Day, thousands more will hear about the ground breaking research going on within its walls during a special Naked Scientists radio show to be broadcasting tonight, Tuesday 30 August.

Dr Chris Smith, of the award-winning Cambridge-based Naked Scientists team used his attendance at the 2011 Word Festival to interview some of the University’s leading academics about their current research.

Topics ranged from ocean exploration to investigating vitamin A and the brain with contributions from Professor Ruth Ross, Dr Martin Collinson, Professor Marcel Jaspars and Dr Chris Burnett to name but a few.

Dr Smith said: “The Aberdeen programme features a tremendous set of linked conversational interviews.  Everyone involved was enthusiastic and the content is extremely strong, reflecting the pedigree of the research taking place in Aberdeen.”

The Naked Scientists radio show and podcast has been running for over 10 years and features a weekly digest of science related features, interviews and debate designed to make science exciting and accessible to a general audience. 

The podcast version of the show has reached a cumulative audience of several million people since its launch, with many people blogging and commenting on content after each programme goes online.

Dr Ken Skeldon, Head of Public Engagement with Science at the University of Aberdeen, said “Combining Chris’s appearance at the Word Festival with an opportunity to promote our research was such an obvious opportunity to embrace. The Naked Scientist podcasting project is one of the UK’s leading public engagement initiatives so to have one of its editions dedicated to research at Aberdeen is fantastic.”

The Naked Scientist radio programme is broadcast on BBC East of England regional radio at 6pm which can be listened to using DAB digital radio or can be accessed online at www.nakedscientist.com/podcast.