As science and engineering PR specialists we like to look beyond the traditional media to find ways to reach a broad audience of professionals (scientists and engineers), business decision-makers in the sector and interested consumers. So, we asked our STEM team to curate a list of the best science and engineering podcasts. Here are their top 10.

 

Science Weekly – The Guardian

Hosted by Ian Sample, Hannah Devlin and Nicola Davis, this award-winning podcast covers “the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemistry, physics – and sometimes even maths”.

We recommend it if

  • You’re looking to find out more about a wide range of subjects
  • You want to hear expert opinions
  • You want a podcast that is well presented
  • You want to listen to something high-level 

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

You would need to pitch journalists Ian Sample, Hannah Devlin and Nicola Davis. They’re interested in experts with strong opinions, so don’t try to flog a product at them!

 

Science Vs

We like this podcast by Gimlet Media as it tries to weed out the fact from the tabloid-hyped fiction.

We recommend it if

  • You want something a bit lighter and easy to listen to
  • You want to know more about current fads and trends

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

This is a narrator-led podcast, rather than one that interviews experts, so if you would like to be featured on the podcast, we think you’d need to have a strong, expert opinion on a fad or trend. We recommend pitching Gimlet Media directly with a few ideas or suggestions (and perhaps asking them what subjects they are working on for the next season).

 

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Brian Cox and Robin Ince take a look at the world from scientists’ perspective. This podcast is produced by BBC Radio 4.

We recommend it if

  • You want something which is a medium tone (not too simple/not too complicated)
  • You want to listen to a panel-discussion style podcast rather than a 1-2-1 interview or narrator led one
  • You want some comedy mixed with knowledge

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

This one is produced by BBC Radio 4, so it’s worth speaking to one of their producers. Have you read our guide to pitching the BBC?

 

Nature

The Nature Podcast covers the best stories from the world of science. It’s a weekly podcast that involves interviews with scientists and analysis of stories.

We recommend it if

  • You’re looking for a shorter podcast (episodes 15-30 mins)
  • You want to hear about a range of scientific topics at a moderate level
  • You want to keep up to date on recent scientific papers that have been published

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

This is a narrator-led podcast with expert comments woven in. You would need a scientific paper that has been published in an academic journal to get on this one (preferably in Nature)

 

BBC Inside Science

Hosted by Dr Adam Rutherford, with guests, this podcast “illuminate(s) the mysteries and challenge(s) the controversies behind the science that’s changing our world.”

We recommend it if

  • You want a podcast that covers a variety of topics in each episode
  • You’re after clear and concise information
  • You’d like to stay up to date with scientific debates without getting too stuck into details

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

It is produced by BBC Radio 4 so you would need to contact their press room and find the right person to pitch.

 

The Engineering Commons

Engineering Commons covers the daily lives of engineers in the industry, both big and small, covering tools, machinery and career planning. It’s targeted at engineers, with each podcast up to an hour-long.

We recommend it if

  • You’re interested in hearing about a broad range of engineers from large and small companies.
  • You’re looking for a general overview of engineering, nothing too in-depth, more of a broad overview of engineering across the sector.
  • You’re looking for a bit of light listening, nothing too heavy. 

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

It is produced by Carmen Parisi (Twitter: @FakeEEQuips), Jeff Shelton (Twitter: @sheltoneer), and two others, Adam & Brian (no contact details for these). You can contact them via the contact page on their site or via their Twitter handles.

 

The Amp Hours Podcast

The Amp Hour is an unscripted radio show that airs on Thursdays every week, focussing on the electronics industry. Topics covered can be anything from homemade electrical appliances to ultra-sophisticated electronics.

We recommend it if

  • You’re particularly interested in electronics engineering.
  • You’re looking for regular content and information on engineering.
  • You’re interested in both highly complex engineering and the basics.
  • You want to keep up with new tech advances in this sector.

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

It is produced by Dave Jones from the EEVblog in Sydney (Australia), and Chris Gammell from Contextual Electronics in Chicago (USA). You can find them on Twitter account is: @TheAmpHour or LinkedIn. Guests tend to be from the electronics industry and share stories and advice from their time in the business.

 

The Engines Of Our Ingenuity

This was originally a radio show, which can now be found in the form of podcasts, put up on the internet by its contributors who have now made it reachable to audiences worldwide. It was first aired in 1988 and is hosted by John Lienhard. Engines of Our Ingenuity “reminds us of how our culture is formed by human creativity. The show, with the help of history, reveals how the existence of technology, artistic ideas and creativity has long shaped our being.”

We recommend it if

  • You’re interested in how engineering has changed from past to present.
  • You also have an interest in social and cultural topics.
  • You’re looking for a broad analysis of engineering over time.

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

Once you have mastered the art of time travel, contact them via their Facebook page.

 

The Macrofab Engineering Podcast

This technical podcast is by a Texas-based PCB fab and assembly house that covers electrical engineering. Hosts Parker and Stephen provide a unique perspective on hardware.

We recommend it if

  • You’re particularly interested in electrical engineering.
  • You’re looking for a bit of light entertainment, something not too heavy going.
  • You’d like to come away having learned something.

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

Contact Parker Dillmann (Twitter: @LnghrnEngineer) & Stephen Kraig (Twitter: @AnalogEng). Their collective Twitter account is: @MacroFab

 

Omega Tau

Omega Tau covers interesting topics in science and engineering. The podcast is produced in both German and English with episodes alternating weekly.

We recommend it if

  • You’d like to cover a broad range of engineering and science topics.
  • You appreciate a well-organised and well-produced podcast.
  • You’re looking for engaging content.
  • You’re interested in finding out how things are designed, created and the methodology behind this.

And if you want to get featured on the podcast

Contact the hosts/editors:
Markus Völter (independent consultant for software technology and engineering and Nora Ludewig (electrical engineer working for Robert Bosch GmbH). (Twitter: @omegataupodcast) – they like to visit locations which are interesting or have facilities where they can speak with on-site experts, but will also be willing to speak to interesting people over the phone.

 

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