It’s one thing to read about someone’s research. It’s quite another to hear someone talk about their research, why they did it, and why it’s important.
That is what the ACEMS podcast, The Random Sample, is all about. The goal of the podcast is to open up the world of maths and stats to a whole new audience. In 2020, we doubled our efforts to do this with a big year filled with a diverse group of hosts, guests and topics.
Seasons (Seasons 3 & 4)
ACEMS Members as host or guest (10 women, 8 men)
We were also honoured to bring in some distinguished guests from outside of ACEMS for the podcast:
We covered a wide range of topics over the two seasons. When the pandemic hit, the podcast focused its efforts on the COVID-19 research being done by ACEMS researchers, as well as the mathematical modelling being used at the highest levels to guide Australia’s response through the crisis.
But that was only just a portion of the topics that were covered in 2020. A sample of The Random Sample includes topics like:
A secondary goal of the podcast is for ACEMS members to hone their communication skills. The podcast allowed them to do this as a host, guest, or some cases, both. The ACEMS members who have taken part say they’ve really enjoyed their experience.
It makes you think about things in a different way when you have to imagine the audience you’re talking to and what they’re like. I’ve found it a really good development opportunity for me and I’m sure it would be for a lot of other ACEMS members as well