Science for Societal Progress

Science for Societal Progress


Latest Episodes

22 B&D: Peer Review & #ScienceTwitter
March 17, 2019

In this episode we talk about our experience with peer review and the importance of kindness and the advantages and disadvantages of the authors knowing the identity of peer reviewers. And in the second part we talk about how twitter can be a great pla...

21 Altmetrics: A Better Way to Evaluate Research(ers)? – with Steffen Lemke
March 03, 2019

Who gets positions and funding in academia should depend on the merit of the researcher, project, or institute. But how do we assess these merits fairly, meaningfully and in a way that makes it comparable?

20 B&D: 1st Anniversary! Podcasts, and Trusting Scientists
February 26, 2019

This episode of Bart and Dennis Talk is actually our first anniversary episode! While Science for Progress was founded in July 2017, the podcast went online on February 20th 2018! Announcement At the beginning of the episode I announce that I wil...

19 Insecurity and Uncertainties for Early Career Academics – with Maria Pinto
February 03, 2019

Academics are Spoiled. Right? The stereotype of academics is that they live a well protected life in the ivory tower. But this is not the case for most of them. Maria Pinto from Portugal is a PhD student in marine microbiology in Austria.

18 B&D Animal Use and Statistics of Equivalence
January 20, 2019

In the light of the latest animal use numbers in Germany (2017), Bart and I are having a conversation about animal use in fundamental research. We then move on to talk about a new statistical method that might help researchers get some of their data ou...

17 From PhD to SciComm via BookTube – with Deboki Chakravarti
January 06, 2019

Science Communication is one way academics can apply themselves outside of academia. But how does one transition between careers? I talked with Dr. Deboki Chakravarti, a biomedical engineer who worked on cancer treatments.

16 B&D: CRISPR Babies
December 23, 2018

At the end of November 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced that he had genetically modified human embryos which were then brought to term. The resulting twin sisters appear to be healthy. But this experiment was not greeted with enthusiasm by ...

15 Animal Welfare in Scientific Research – with Nuno Franco
December 09, 2018

I talked with Dr. Nuno Henrique Franco about animal welfare in scientific research. The questions we address are Why do we do animal experiments?What can be done to reduce the amount of animal experiments?

14 B&D: Journals, SciComm, and GMOs
November 25, 2018

Once a month I sit down with my friend and co-host Bart Geurten. We talk about things within and around academia, and exchange opinions on earlier episodes. In this episode, we first talk about the concept of overlay journals in the context of the n...

13 Is there Sunshine Outside the Ivory Tower? – The Recovering Academic Podcast
November 11, 2018

While the number of PhD graduates per year is rising worldwide, the number of proper long-term or permanent positions in academia isn't. This leaves PhDs with ever decreasing chances of staying in academia.