BCFN students recently visited BBC broadcasting house to record a fifteen minute “as live” radio show, as part of an 3-day science communication course. Guided by BBC presenter, Gareth Mitchell, we learnt about scientific writing and broadcasting, filmed and edited our own video news segment, under instruction from leaders in science journalism. As a result, we have now set up a blog and podcast of our own, nanotes.net, which we would never have dreamed of without this inspirational experience.
As part of our first year of training we take part in interdisciplinary research in the form of exploratory training assignments (ETA). These are performed in pairs of students from different disciplines to allow for the exchange of skills.