The Naked Scientists hit New Zealand

If you like listening to science podcasts, you’ll love the live shows that are coming up in Auckland and Wellington featuring Dr Chris Smith who leads the merry  band of scientists and journalists known as The Naked Scientists.


Chris was an early pioneer of science podcasting, starting The Naked Scientists in 1999 as a podcast and radio show. It has grown in popularity to become of the most listened to science podcast in the world.

Now Radio New Zealand National, and BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Naked Scientists’, in conjunction with AUT University and the Science Media Centre, are producing two lively one-hour shows in Auckland and Wellington based on the Naked show.

Dr Chris Smith and Radio New Zealand’s This Way Up host Simon Morton will be co-hosting the shows in front of live audiences in the two cities, showcasing the best in New Zealand science and technology to the world. There’ll be interviews with some of New Zealand’s leading scientists and live demos.

The Auckland show will be broadcast live on Radio New Zealand National, and material from both shows will be featured on BBC Radio 5 Live, and The Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Here’s more about The Naked Scientists:

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 12.17.36 pmThe Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public. Their award winning BBC weekly radio programme, The Naked Scientists, reaches a potential audience of 6 million listeners across the east of England, and also has an international following on the web.

Each week, listeners of all ages and backgrounds tune in on a Sunday evening to hear creator Dr. Chris Smith, together with his entertaining sidekicks, interview renowned scientists and researchers from all over the world and take science questions on any subject live from the listening public.

In addition to the radio show, the group has organised Naked Science at Borders, a public lecture series enabling the community to attend informative presentations given by some of the UK’s most celebrated scientists. They have also put together this website to allow the radio show, lectures, and much more to be accessible world-wide. According to Dr. Smith, the basic goal of the Naked Scientists “is to help people enjoy science as much as we do and, at the same time, to have fun.”

Both events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited at both venues. So please register using the links below to ensure your seat.

12-1pm Saturday 9 August 2014
The Wave Room, AUT University, Sir Paul Reeves Building WG, cnr Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place
To register your seat via Eventbrite: Auckland: The Naked Scientist Live

6-7pm Tuesday 12 August 2014
Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place
To register your seat via Eventbrite: Wellington: The Naked Scientist Live

For more information follow @upthisway or join the conversation at #nakedscientistsnz.

Science podcasting workshops for scientists

Wouldn’t it be great if more New Zealand science was give the Naked Scientists treatment? We’ll be offering New Zealand scientists who want to try their hand at podcasting, the opportunity to learn some tips and techniques from Dr Chris Smith in free science podcasting workshops we are hosting in Auckland and Wellington.

All of the details are here. Applications via the online form essential.

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