EUR students produce podcast to connect science and society

Two master students make a podcast where they interview researchers from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In the podcast series called ‘Research in Reach’ they want to bridge the gap between science and society, which is something that they feel is often disconnected. The students talk to researchers and ask them how they experience ‘this bubble’ and how they intent to break it.

In the podcast series masters students Erik Vermunt and Marco Aperti question several researchers about their work. Both students follow the master Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Their goal is to make to make science understandable and relevant to everyone. This started from their own drive to apply better the knowledge from their master. “How do we use all the knowledge we learn, and can we translate this information into a language that can be understood by everyone, even by our moms?”, says Marco Aperti from Italy.

Bridge the gap

They were searching for an interesting format to share their search with a bigger audience. Due to the corona crisis they could not organize live events and that’s how they came up with the format of a podcast. They interviewed scientist at their own home. Some researchers are even their own teachers. ‘We wanted to get a sense of the people behind the research and to break from the academic sphere, as we believe this could help to bridge the gap as well”, explains Erik Vermunt.

Personal touch

They produced a total of four episodes which have a very informal style. Topics vary from sustainable tourism to the social value of hip hop music in Indian suburbs and slums. Marco Aperti: “Each episode explores the interesting universe of PhD academic research and daily life. We try to reveal part of the abstract academic world from a personal perspective. Each conversation was very unique; however, the life questions and doubts had a very relatable intent.”

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