UPLINK 32: SCIENCE IN THE AGE OF UNREASON

Join us on Thursday 3rd December for Uplink 32 with Science Journalist Dan Riskin and Documentary Producer Shelley Ayres who worked together on the Discovery Channel’s documentary film Landing on a Comet: Rosetta Mission. We’ll be asking Dan and Shelly about the difficulty of science broadcasting what what it takes to engage an audience. We’ll be live from 8pm (GMT) / 9pm (CET) here (don’t forget to subscribe).

 

Dan Riskin is a biologist, science journalist, and author. He is best known from Animal Planet’s Monsters Inside Me, a show about parasites he hosted for eight seasons. For seven years he was also the co-host of Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet, the last daily science TV show to ever exist, before that species went extinct. Dan has hosted or co-hosted several specials about space, covering topics that include the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars (2012), The Chelyabinsk Meteor (2013), Sungrazing Comet ISON (2013), The Rosetta Mission to Land on a Comet (2014), The Fly-by of Pluto (2015), Juno’s Arrival at Jupiter (2016), and the end of Cassini’s Mission to Saturn (2017). He is the author of Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World and of upcoming kids’ book called Fiona the Fruit Bat.

 

Shelley Ayres is a producer, director and writer for TV. She seeks human stories that connect us in ways we might not expect. Shelley has engaged with world leaders, athletes, scientists along with known and unknown heroes and has shaped factual and investigative content for Discovery Channel, CTV, ABC and National Geographic . In the past decade, she has led teams in the creation and delivery of many documentary specials many of which have focused on space missions including: Sungrazing Comet ISON (2013), The Rosetta Mission to Land on a Comet (2014), The Fly-by of Pluto (2015), Juno’s Arrival at Jupiter (2016), and the end of Cassini’s Mission to Saturn (2017). Her most recent space documentary L A N D E R: from Avro to Apollo celebrates an unknown Canadian Engineer who had a critical role in the design and build of the Lunar Module that would land a human on the moon in 1969. Shelley is currently shaping investigative stories with Canada’s longest running documentary news programme, W5.

 

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