A jigsaw puzzle created by Alana Cullen, Ariana Loehr and Genevieve Zane exploring the role of lay expertise in science. The puzzle depicts the story of Harry Brower Senior and a group of Iñupiaq hunters who contributed to the development of bowhead whale research, but it is unconventional in having double-sided pieces. Only by using some pieces ‘upside down’ does the complete picture emerge, illustrating the way in which dialogue with non-scientists can contribute to the construction of scientific knowledge. Hidden Science
A new collection of of writing by Science Communication students
These pieces, all of them striking in differing ways, were provoked by a single event, the closure of Imperial College on Friday March 13th, 2020.
Both the MSc Science Media Production students and the MSc Science Communication students have a chance to make short films. Over the summer, the Science Media Production students go on to make a longer film on a topic of their choice. Here are some examples of these final films:
As well as making films, MSc Science Media Production students and the MSc Science Communication students also have a chance to make radio programmes. Here are some examples of their radio pieces:
Radio Piece 1
Heart Patches by Tanya Hughes
Cultured Meat by Katy Pallister
Dog Bites by Hilary Guite
In the spring term, MSc Science Communication students embark on a creative project that reflects on the nature of science and the relationship between science and society. The final pieces take a wide range of forms. Here are a few examples:
Anatomy of the Scientist
Anatomy of the Scientist
A tongue-in-cheek set of anatomical plates examining the features of the ‘perfect’ scientist, by Claudia Cannon, Andrew Dixon and Elisabeth Mahase. By parodying historical anatomical posters and medical textbooks, the plates draw attention to the ways in which we mythologise scientists.
The Junkyard of Scientific Theories
A comic book by Joel Winston, Sophie Buijsen and Heather Cruickshank exploring the world of disproven scientific theories. The story follows a lost little robot who ends up in a junkyard. Here he encounters three scientific theories that have been thrown away and forgotten about. Through their stories we learn about the fragile nature of science and how ideas from the philosophy of science, including falsification, paradigm shifts, and social factors, have made an impact on scientific progress.