Cambridge University, UK
Naked Oceans is a pioneering audio podcast series and interactive web-based platform that presents cutting-edge marine science and conservation issues to an international audience.
Why this is important:
By providing accessible, entertaining and information-rich programming, Naked Oceans aims to boost awareness and compassion for the marine realm. The shows connect people with ocean science and conservation issues, giving them a reason to care and ultimately helping to drive important changes in both attitude and behaviour towards promoting global marine conservation. Listen to the latest show.
A major challenge for ocean conservation is that for many people ocean life remains out of sight and out of mind. Naked Oceans aims to change that by uncovering the wonders of the marine realm to an international audience across a range of ages and backgrounds.
As the tagline goes: “From seagrass to sunfish, dugongs to diatoms, Naked Oceans uncovers the hidden secrets of the sea…” We do this via a monthly podcast, broadcast via the Internet, that presents the latest scientific discoveries and ocean conservation breakthroughs and offers suggestions for actions everyone can take to make a difference. Naked Oceans web pages also provide a platform for listeners to get involved, ask questions, and discuss their ideas online.
Dr Helen Scales and Sarah Castor Perry, both Cambridge University zoology graduates, present and produce the Naked Oceans podcasts bringing their distinctive blend of knowledge and energy to the show. Together they give a roundup of the latest science and conservation news, seek out intelligent interviews with marine experts and offer lively commentary and analysis.
The entire first season of Naked Oceans podcasts (July 2010-2011) is available to download and listen for free via the Naked Oceans web pages and iTunes, where listeners can also sign up to automatically receive new episodes in season two (2011-2012) as they are published each month.
Naked Oceans is part of the award-winning science communication collective based at Cambridge University called the Naked Scientists who use a multi-media platform – including radio, podcasts, film, live discussions and demonstrations – to reach out to large audiences from a diverse range of ages, backgrounds, cultures, and geographies. As well as producing the standalone podcasts, Naked Oceans material also features regularly in other Naked Scientists radio shows.
Aims and Objectives
- Produce a second season of 12 monthly half-hour multi-media Naked Oceans shows for radio and Internet broadcast.
- Continue building on the international audience established during Naked Oceans season one.
- Continue providing practical advice to listeners on what they can do to promote ocean conservation.
- Continue developing the Naked Oceans web pages, including an archive of the shows so far, full text transcripts, and links to other relevant online resources.
- Continue increasing the emphasis of marine science and conservation among other outputs from The Naked Scientists.
- Continue developing the marine section of The Naked Scientists online web discussion forum to allow Naked Oceans listeners to meet and interact online, take part in discussions, post images, and pose questions that can be answered on the radio programmes and podcasts.
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