From the beamline to the role of science in society and the future: this week we welcome Dr Kristin Alford: TEDxAdelaide organiser, science communicator, ex-engineer, future strategist and founding director of Bridge8. We thought we’d take a big picture view of science from the eyes of a foresight strategist and former engineer turned science communicator. How can science inform the future? What will the future look like? These are the questions that occupy Kristin in her work.
This strategic view isn’t something we focus a lot when we’re doing the hard yards in the lab and something we wanted to explore. Kristin and animator James Hutson of Bridge8 produced the brilliant Critical Thinking animations featured on Brain Pickings last year, and runs many science communication programs.She’s responsible for bringing the hugely successful UK I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here online reality show for scientists to Australia, now its third year. Her main work focuses on foresight strategies for companies and government, and recently, with the Governor General, launched Negotiating our future: Living scenarios for Australia to 2050, exploring the role science has in our future.
Kristin also hosts the monthly online science chat #onsci and moderates online science communication teaching courses. She’s a huge figure in science communication in Australia and we’re looking forward to her novel take on science and science communication as well as marvelling at her jet-set incredibly busy lifestyle, managing multiple projects while bringing up three daughters. Kristin is based in Adelaide, Australia. She usually tweets at @kristinalford, but for the next week she’s with us. Enjoy!