The Character of Science

The podcast exploring how pop culture can help start conversations about science

Dr Jon Roberts completed his PhD in 2018, having explored how families communicate about genetics. Further, his research explored how families' knowledge and enjoyment of pop culture can be used to facilitate engagement with genomics.

The Character of Science is a new 12 episode podcast series, hosted by Jon and elaborating on his doctoral work. Designed for an audience beyond academia, Jon will conduct casual interviews with people who bring different expert points of view to the topic, from bioethics, science, genetic counselling, social science and film studies.

Each of the twelve episodes will focus on a specific theme drawn from topical ethical issue in science, particularly genetics, which has been explored in mainstream film or TV. Examples of films and themes to be examined are: Gattaca (Pay-to-Play Genetics); Moon (Money, Genetics and Consent); Contact (Religion and Science).