During the AGU 2014 Fall Meeting John Cook, Peter Sinclair, and I interviewed a stellar list of scientists. Everyone brought their A game which gave us some incredible footage. At the end of the conference I returned home with about 36 hours of footage.
There are possible hundreds of little moments in those 36 hours of footage where scientists share interesting anecdotes and stories about their work. Or beautifully explain scientific research in just one or two minutes. There are also moments where we all are having some fun and a good laugh.
It would be an incredible waste to let those little snippets that I find during editing end up on the cutting floor. These clips would then have to wait for a future video project where they might be used. To prevent this from happening I’m starting a new video series: AGU 2014 Tidbits – Anecdotes And Stories From The Front Lines Of Science.
What motivates someone to read the scientific literature and pick the brains of scientists so that they can inform the public? Why spend so much time doing that? There is a story behind every single science communicator that answers these questions.
This motivated me to ask science communicators these questions. Of course I expected the answer that they love science, even if they might not be a scientists. And that they love communicating this to the public. But they also shared stories on how and why they became a science communicator. It's these stories that had interesting, and sometimes funny, anecdotes. Some stories surprised me with what lead to someone becoming a science communicator.
During the AGU Fall Meeting I had the honor of working with Peter Sinclair of Climate Denial Crock of the Week and John Cook of Skeptical Science, interviewing an amazing line-up of scientists and science communicators. I’m floored by who we interviewed and could have a chat with. Everyone brought their A game which gave us some incredible footage.
These videos are the result of over 36 hours of footage we recorded during the 2014 Fall Meeting.