Welcome to the 180th episode – with many thanks to the New Zealand Skeptics, this is the audio from a panel I took part on, during Saturday, September 7, 2013.

Moderator: Peter Griffin –  founder and director of the Science Media Centre, editor of http://Sciblogs.co.nz, tech columnist for the Listener. http://www.petergriffin.co.nz.

Dr Pamela Gay is an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. Through CosmoQuest, she works to engage people in both learning and doing science. Join her in mapping our Solar System in unprecedented detail through citizen science projects, and learn astronomy through media productions like Astronomy Cast.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast but to others she is “the owner of the pinkest head of hair you’ll ever see”. Siouxsie heads the Bioluminescent Superbugs Group at the University of Auckland where she combines her twin passions to understand and combat infectious diseases. n a nutshell, Siouxsie and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark and her joint work with Rebecca Klee “Living Light” was the winner of the people’s choice award at the recent ASC2014 SPECTRUM science-art exhibition at the Australian Science Communicators conference, 2014.

Elf Eldridge is a PhD student with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He’s an avid science communicator, amateur astronomer and president of the Wellington branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Elf is particularly interested in educating and enthusing both students and the public about modern science, and spends much of his time visiting schools and giving public science talks. He also enjoys tramping and dressing like a pirate.

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, blogger at Patheos, podcaster at Token Skeptic, and has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists worldwide.

The video of the session can be found on the NZ Skeptics YouTube site. The official site of the NZ Skeptics is at www.skeptics.org.nz.

Theme songs are P&P by Derek K. Miller of www.penmachine.com and Leap Second by Milton Mermikides, of www.miltonmermikides.com

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