The Naked Scientists have been working with Rolls-Royce since 2009 as part of a strategic partnership between a group of UK universities, of which Cambridge University is one, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Rolls-Royce. The aim of this collaboration is to introduce audiences to the cutting-edge engineering and materials science research being supported by Rolls-Royce as the company searches for materials capable of delivering the improved performance demanded by future generations of gas turbine engines and jet engine applications. Through this partnership we have been very fortunate to work closely with senior members of the Rolls-Royce team, the Rolls-Royce supply chain and academic leaders at some of the UK's top universities. Apart from helping people to understand more about the important industrial sector in which Rolls-Royce operates, we also aim to encourage school-age, would-be scientists and engineers to pursue a career in this sector.
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UKFast are the UK's leading managed hosting provider. They have been supporting the Naked Scientists since 2006 through the provision of high-end servers, superfast Internet connectivity, and bandwidth. This website is hosted on official UKFast dedicated servers, and the Naked Scientists podcast archive is stored on a UKFast eCloud Flex virtual server environment. We are very proud of this association, and there is a very good reason why, after more than a decade, we still choose to work with this company, because the quality of service and support we receive is absolutely superb. Thank you, UKFast.
The Genetics Society was founded by William Bateson in 1919 and is one of the oldest "learned societies" devoted to Genetics in the world. Its membership of over 1700 consists of most of the UK's active professional geneticists, including teachers, researchers and students. Chris Smith served as Vice President for Public Understanding of Genetics between 2011 and 2014. During his tenure, the Naked Genetics Podcast and the Genetics Society internship programme, which supports the training of early-career researchers in communications, were launched. The Genetics Society continue to support both endeavours.
Dating from 1209, the University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. The University has 31 Colleges attached to it and 100 academic departments divided into 6 "schools". The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), at Madingley Hall, is one of the University's departments and is where the Naked Scientists team are based. Cambridge has a thriving science outreach community, the annual Cambridge Science Festival is one of the UK's largest such meetings, and the University's other activities, including the Festival of Ideas, attract thousands of attendees every year. It's therefore fitting that the Naked Scientists should have been conceived and operates here.
ipDTL is a revolution in broadcasting and is the brain child of former BBC studio director Kevin Leach. Through the use of clever algorithms, ipDTL delivers audio over the internet "in quality" and also couples the world of Internet audio to the dinosaur that is ISDN. It's an incredible technology that means that anyone with a laptop, an Internet connection and a reasonable microphone can contribute in studio quality to radio stations or recording studios globally. The Naked Scientists use ipDTL regularly. Described in one word: "transformative".
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are the UK's foremost government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences. Each year the EPSRC invests about £800 million across a broad portfolio of disciplines ranging from mathematics and materials science to information technology and structural engineering. The EPSRC have supported the Naked Scientists for over a decade with a sequence of substantial public engagement grants, including through a strategic partnership with Rolls-Royce, and other sponsorships. We work with the EPSRC to communicate the science within their remit and to support EPSRC-supported scientists in their own science outreach endeavours.
The UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) coordinates research on some of the most significant challenges facing society, such as future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security. It supports research and training in the fields of particle physics, astronomy and nuclear physics. The Naked Scientists have worked with the STFC for more than ten years and received a succession of public engagement awards that have enabled us to create our successful Naked Astronomy spin-off strand, increase the emphasis on particle physics and space science within the Naked Scientists outputs, and more recently provide paid internships and training placements within the Naked Scientists for STFC-supported early-career researchers and PhD students. We are very grateful to the STFC for the support that they have given to us.