This is a blog post I wrote for STEMNET which appeared here: http://networking.stemnet.org.uk/blog/nobel-and-i-how-prizes-can-be-used-inspire and will hopefully appear on their main site soon too – just a summary of my two main projects at Nobel Media
I am a physicist who has always loved to “talk science”. I’ve been a STEMNET Ambassador for over seven years, and was lucky enough to spend most of that time at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) carrying out materials research, while communicating with the public through schools talks, festivals, my blog, the Naked Scientists and social media (mostly Facebook and Twitter)
Just a few months ago, I left the lab to join Nobel Media – the media arm of the Nobel Foundation. If you’ve been watching the news recently, you MAY have noticed some big Announcements?! Well, that’s one of the things we work on here – communicating the Nobel Prizes. And, as you can imagine, it’s been quite an experience for me!
Aside from promoting the Nobel Prizes, I’ve been working on some other very cool projects, so I wanted to tell you all about them.
1. Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative (#NPII): Have you ever wondered if a Nobel Laureate always dreamed of being a scientist? Or what their opinion is on communicating research? Or how their life changed when they received that phone call from Stockholm? We have gathered together a huge collection of clips of (science) Nobel Laureates, speaking on all of those topics and much more. This new site is targeted at scientists at all stages of their career.
Why not have a look at our site here: http://www.nobelprizeii.org/
The thing I love about these clips is that they really ‘humanise’ science Laureates. They show that Laureates are scientists first – they love their work, their experiments fail, they collaborate, they struggle to get published, they bid for funding…. much like every other scientist.
The initiative brings a Laureate to a series of universities, where they give a lecture (also on the site, under the “Events” tab) and allows students unprecedented access to the Laureate, including one-to-one interviews. We’ve run eight of these events all over the world, with many more planned, so we’ll continue to add lots of content to the site.
I’d love to collect feedback and spread the word a bit more – we’ve JUST launched this site, so your support would be greatly appreciated. We’re on Twitter (@NobelPrizeii) and Facebook too – have a look and please follow us J
2. Nobel Week Dialogue (#NWD13): If you are interested in ENERGY, from a scientific or societal viewpoint, then this project is for you. Keep Monday 9th December free! This is only the second year of this event, and is held in Sweden as part of the Nobel Week, when all of the Laureates give a lecture and then receive their Nobel Prize.
It aims to bring together Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, policy makers and industry leaders, and importantly, the public, to discuss and debate some Big Questions. Last year was all about the Genetic Revolution, and included James Watson (as in Watson & Crick).
This year, the theme is Exploring the Future of Energy. We have a fantastic lineup of panellists, and it’s all going to be streamed LIVE online, so you can all take part.
Have a look at the site here: http://www.nobelweekdialogue.org/
We want to enhance the “dialogue” this year, especially with our online audience, so we’ll be very active on social media (Twitter: @NobelWeekDialog) and will be able to take your questions via our site. We’ll have people live-blogging the event too, and will be asking people to use the hashtag #NWD13 and share comments and photos via Twitter and Facebook. It should be a fantastic event, and I’d love to see many of you join us!
So I hope by now that you have a flavourof Nobel Media’s science communications work, and of the type of thing I’ve been working on since emerging from the lab! If you have any questions or comments about Nobel-related stuff, please don’t hesitate to contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org or @laurie_winkless on Twitter