Electricity Access for All
How can we sustainably electrify parts of the world that don't currently have access to clean and reliable energy? How can we improve Sierra Leone's energy sector, so that its capital, Freetown, no longer has an average of 53 blackouts a day? These are just two of the important questions being tackled by Oxford researchers Dr Susann Stritzke...
Dawkins and former Bishop of Oxford recreate famous 1860 evolution debate
In 1860, Oxford's Museum of Natural History hosted a famous debate on Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Marking the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins and the former Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries come together at the same location to debate the issue once again.
To watch this fascinating and...
My parents are of Indian heritage. My dad was born in Uganda and arrived in the UK in 1972 as a refugee after the expulsion of South Asians from Uganda. My mum was born in India and met my dad while visiting a friend in the UK. They married and settled just outside London, where I was born and grew up.
Colin is the Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of the Experimental & Clinical Sleep Medicine research programme, and Clinical Director of the Oxford Online Programme in Sleep...
Should we trust scientists?
We’re living in extraordinary times, where graphs and statistics are splashed across newspaper front pages, and misinformation is rife. How do we know which sources of information are reliable? How do scientific researchers go from having an idea to publishing their findings, and advising on policy? In this week’s episode of the ‘Big Questions...
Lockdown Walks - Walk Your Worries Away!
It's no surprise that walking is good for us physically, but did you know that walking can actually make us worry less? Taking a stroll has a positive effect on our mental wellbeing - particularly if you can get out into nature. Join Dr Jen Wild for this episode of Lockdown Walks, where she discusses some of the psychological benefits of...
Shahnaz ('Shaz') Hoque
Fighting climate change with a star in a box!
How garlicky is your garlic?
When it comes to mass-producing food, it’s important to make sure the taste is consistent, and good! But how can we detect the taste of something without eating it ourselves? Prof Richard Compton and his team in the Department of Chemistry are experts in electrochemical sensors, and in this episode of the Big Questions podcast he tells us all...