Science to SciComm: How a science degree can take you into podcasting, live shows and the BBC

“Ten years ago this was me: Science degree? Tick. Now what?! The lab and I didn’t really get on. What I loved was getting other people excited about science. So I found a way to make that my career.”

There’s no instruction manual that tells you how to break into TV. Or radio. Or writing. Trust me, I looked. So it’s likely that any career in Science Communication [‘SciComm’] is going to be a rollercoaster of successes and knock-backs. It sure was for me. And it still is. Thankfully the ups eclipse the downs and over the past ten years I’ve tried my hand at lots of different, exciting SciComm projects.

I’ve climbed the rungs of TV Production & Development, making documentaries for BBC, Ch4, Discovery and loads more; launched a series of successful live shows packed full of big experiments that tour schools and festivals; written and presented a whole bunch of science videos on YouTube; and fulfilled a dream to become a BBC Science Presenter. Moving from behind the camera to in-front of it took a LOT of work and continues to be a mammoth learning curve, but it’s totally worth it.

In this talk (well, more of a discussion / Q&A to be honest!) I’ll take you through my journey into Science Communication, uncover where it went wrong and right, what I learnt along the way, and present my top tips to make it in the world of TV, Radio and Live science.


Any audience interested in career development and where a science degree can take you.