Join Chemistry World and the Royal Society of Chemistry Public engagement and outreach team for this online session as part of the Diverse engagement for diverse publics series and explore how scientists can successfully engage with the public via the media. Through conversation with David Hu (Georgia Tech) and Alice Motion (University of Sydney), this session, recorded live, explores the diverse spectrum of media engagement, the power of media to bring about positive change in science and tips for successful interactions with the media.

Our guest speakers


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Alice Motion

Alice Motion is Deputy head of the school of chemistry and Deputy director of the Sydney nano institute at the University of Sydney. Alice leads the Science communication, outreach, participation and education (Scope) research group and is recognised as a leading international science communicator. Alice’s research and practice explores science democratisation through open source drug discovery, citizen science and creative methods for science communication. Alice was awarded the Eureka prize for promoting public understanding of science in 2020. They are the creator of Live from the lab, founder of the Breaking Good citizen science initiative, co-host of ABC Science podcast Dear Science  and host of monthly science segment, Science in Motion, on ABC TV Breakfast.


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David Hu

David Hu is an author, mathematician, roboticist, and biologist who is currently an associate professor at the engineering department of Georgia Tech. His research centers on animal behavior and movement, and is noted for its eccentricity.

Hu has twice won the Ig Nobel Prize for Physics. In 2015 he shared the prize with Patricia Yang for research on the duration of animal urination, in which Yang and Hu found that nearly all mammals evacuate their bladders in approximately 21 seconds plus or minus 13 seconds. In 2019 Hu and colleagues won the prize for studying the means of production of the cubical feces of wombats.