AudioPod editorial process

In short, we do all of the work. SciPod is an end-to-end production and dissemination service that supports researchers in communicating their work to a broad and diverse audience.

Each SciPod is based on a single research paper, and our team works to present your research in the most accessible, understandable and enjoyable way. Audiences with varying levels of expertise and knowledge will be able to understand the significance and potential impact of the research.

We have a simple 4 step production process that will take no more than 1 hour of your time, as follows:

We ask you to provide us with the research paper you would like us to communicate, and upload your paper through our online ordering system.

Audio script written.

Our writing and editing team will produce the first plain language summary script within 10 days. Our standard-length script is approximately 1100 words. Once produced, this is sent to you for review and approval. We do not publish anything without your 100% approval.

We go to the recording studio.

The script is passed to our professional voice-artists, who elegantly and clearly read your script and produce the first audio draft. The draft is then sent to you to listen and approve before the final stages of completion.

Your AudioPod is published and disseminated.

We create an eye-catching cover design for your audiobook, and produce a unique webpage for you within our audio library. We then disseminate to our direct audience and through our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, iTunes and Spotify, to name a few.

It’s as simple as that. On average, the process should take no longer than 1 hour of a researcher’s time over a period of 2–4 weeks.

What you receive with your SciPod

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We want to do more than produce and publish an AudioPod for you. So, we also provide many other tangible benefits. You will receive:

 

  • A 1100-word plain language summary article written by a professional science writing team
  • Industry standard editing
  • Professional voice narration
  • Bespoke graphic design
  • Studio-quality recording
  • A dedicated audio or video library page for ease of access and sharing your SciPod
  • A user-friendly, instant play, download and social media share interface
  • Dissemination to our full audience of listeners and viewers
  • Dissemination on all major audio networks
  • Links to your original scholarly paper to help boost interaction and citation
  • MP3 file of your SciPod for personal use
  • Text transcription of your SciPod which can be used as a standalone plain language summary
  • SEO optimisation

Choose which service works for you

Self write AudioPod

Write a 1100 word plain language summary of your research paper or project. We will provide editing and style feedback, and then professionally narrate and publish as an audiobook

£450 GBP
(*we can invoice in any currency)

AudioPod

Simply upload a paper of your choice and we will transform it into a sharable audio summary and take you from peer review to podcast in a number of weeks

£650 GBP
(*we can invoice in any currency)

AudioPod with ebook

Do you need a graphically designed and printable dissemination brochure as well? Choose this option if you would like us to turn your AudioPod script into a beautifully designed booklet

£850 GBP
(*we can invoice in any currency)

Feel free to contact us for further information, or read our frequently asked questions

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Q: What is SciPod?

A: A SciPod could be summarised as a ‘post print’ form of communication, or an accessible plain language summary produced into the modern communication format of an audiobook or animation. SciPod is an end-to-end production and dissemination service supporting researchers in communicating their work and reaching a much broader and more diverse audience.

Cognitive differences mean that some people absorb knowledge by listening, and others visually. We have developed two strategic multi-media communication tools, AudioPod and VideoPod, to help you to reach and influence the widest possible audience.

AudioPod: We will transform your scholarly paper into a layman 10-minute audio summary.

VideoPod: We will transform your research into an eye-catching, informative video summary.

Q: Why do I need a SciPod?

A: Our mission is to connect science and society, which in turn creates innovation. We think it’s vital to support traditional scholarly publishing and transform science into something enjoyable, understandable and impactful that everyone has a chance to be involved with. We are not here to change or challenge the traditional scholarly publishing format; instead, we aim to complement this accepted form of dissemination and help to enhance communication and impact.

A large number of researchers are actively encouraged by their institute or funding agency to showcase their work beyond their own niche communities and traditional publishing channels, especially when it comes to taxpayer-funded research. Engaging with the public is of increasing strategic importance for higher education, to build trust and strengthen relevance, responsiveness and accountability.

Each SciPod is produced and published by our industry leading team. Our team of editors, science writers, voice actors, designers and media specialists is unique in the industry and is perfectly placed to help you achieve a far-reaching impact for your research.

We are here to work with you, and to help your research reach the large audience it deserves.

Q: Why is outreach and public engagement important?

A: As you probably already know, academics are becoming increasingly aware of their responsibility to communicate more broadly, especially to the public.

Moreover, given the significant change in the way information is disseminated and accessed, people want more from researchers, academic institutions, and industry than ever before. As a result, the topic of science communication is a growing area of interest.

It is now widely accepted that broader science communication (outreach and public engagement) is a fundamental aspect of a scientist’s career. While many do recognise this, it can be a challenge to do it effectively. Despite the benefits of broader science communication, scientists report barriers to engaging public audiences, including busy schedules and concerns that it will take time away from their research.

SciPod helps overcome these barriers, by offering a professional communication and dissemination service to support and enhance research. We make research understandable, enjoyable, accessible, and open.

Q: Why an audiobook or animation? I’m encouraged to publish in text by my peers.

A: With over 7000 new scholarly papers being published each day, many are never read, let alone cited. We think it’s vital to support traditional scholarly publishing and transform science into something enjoyable, understandable and impactful, which everyone has a chance to be involved with.

A major motivation behind SciPod was the desire to create an inclusive platform that offers ALL people an opportunity to learn. With an estimated 700 million dyslexic people, and 285 million visually impaired people, SciPod provides learning opportunities for communities that are often overlooked in scholarly publishing.

We have no intention of trying to replace text communication. We are aiming to compliment and support it.

Q: So an AudioPod is an audiobook, what’s the difference between an audiobook and podcast?

A: A podcast is always episodic and are usually conversational, in the form of an interview.

Audiobooks are a very specific singular narration of pre-existing text.

They somewhat overlap, but both serve as a great communication tool. However the production efforts and delivery differ. A simple comparison would be listening to a radio show (podcast) vs listening to a book on Audible (audiobook).

Audiobooks are timely, and complex to create, this is why we only offer this as a paid service. Podcasts are much easier to create and can be done with the phone in your pocket. Check out our academy page for advice on how to create your own podcast. 

Q: VideoPods are available in two formats, Research Byte and Research Animation. What's the difference?

A: By the end of 2022, it is estimated that video viewing will account for 82% of all internet traffic. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. However, it isn’t actually a search engine.

We wanted to create two video services to help researchers with varying budgets have the opportunity for their research to be available on YouTube and try and compete with prime time TV. 

Research Byte: A simplistic two-minute video created using a series of still images and video clips. Completed with background music and subtitles.

Research Animation: A more bespoke three-minute video created with full 2D animation. These videos are more customisable and all graphics created are unique to your research.  

Q: Ok, so how does SciPod work?

A: In short, we do the majority of the work. SciPod is an end-to-end production and dissemination service supporting time-poor researchers in communicating their work and reaching a much broader and diverse audience.

Each SciPod is produced and published by our industry leading team. Our team of editors, science writers, voice actors, designers and media specialists is unique in the industry and is perfectly placed to help you achieve a far-reaching impact for your research

Each SciPod is based on a single research paper, and our team works to present the research in the most accessible, understandable and enjoyable way. Audiences with varying levels of expertise and knowledge will be able to understand the significance and potential impact of the research.

Q: What is your simple 4-step production process?

A: Step 1 – Upload your paper on our online ordering system

Step 2 – SciPod script produced
Our writing and editing team will produce the first plain language summary script within 10 days. Our standard-length script is approximately 1100 words for AudioPod and 500 words for VideoPod. Once produced, this is sent back to you for review and approval. We do not publish anything without your 100% approval.

Step 3 (AudioPod) – We go to the recording studio
The script is passed to our professional voice artists who elegantly and clearly read your script and produce the first audio draft. The draft is then sent to you to listen and approve before the final stages of completion.

Step 3 (VideoPod) – We go to the recording studio
We then produce a storyboard to help you visualise and comment on the potential animation. Once you have approved the storyboard, we produce a full-colour 3-minute 2D animation

Step 4 – Your SciPod is published
We produce a unique webpage within our digital library for you. We then disseminate to our direct audience and through our audio social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Audible, Soundcloud, iTunes and Spotify, to name a few.

It’s as simple as that. On average the process should take no longer than 1 hour of your time over a period of 2–4 weeks for AudioPod, and 4-8 weeks for VideoPod. Quicker production times may be available on request.

Q: Will I get a chance to review and approve before publishing?

A: Absolutely! We want to produce, publish and disseminate the SciPod to save your time, but we are working FOR you, and this is YOUR research. The drafts of the script, audio, video, and everything in-between, are all sent to you to review and comment on. Nothing is published without your 100% approval.

Q: Where will you publish my SciPod?

A: We will publish your article on our website and archive your SciPod in our digital library. You will receive a dedicated webpage for ease of access and sharing your SciPod. We publish all material in an open access and barrier-free format under a creative commons licence. We have no pay walls or subscribe walls to view, download or share any of our material.

Our dissemination team promotes each SciPod through our website, social media channels, and news aggregators.

You will receive the ownership of your SciPod so that you have unrestricted re-use. We want you to show your SciPod off, the more it is used, the more visible your research becomes. 

Q: Where will you disseminate and promote my SciPod?

A: Our dissemination team promotes each SciPod to our direct audience, where we receive over 40,000 website visitors each month. As well as promoting to our direct audience and through our social media channels, we publish through all major audio and video streaming sites.

This does not take into account pass-on audience metrics, which is responsible for an additional 75% of listeners and viewers worldwide (i.e., a high school teacher downloads a SciPod and then plays it to their classroom of students).

Our VideoPods are additionally disseminated through YouTube, TikTok, Instagram Videos, Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, Google News, and LinkedIn. 

Our AudioPods are additionally disseminated through Audible, Apple iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, Researcher App, Stitcher, Breaker, Pocket Cast, Radio Public, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Overcast, Castbox, Podimo, and Podtoppen.

 

Q: Can I or my institute use the SciPod for our own communication efforts?

A: Yes, we encourage all groups we work with to extend the reach of each SciPod by personally utilising it. You will have unlimited and unrestricted use of each SciPod. We will provide you with an Mp3 or Mp4 file of your SciPod, and also create a dedicated audio library page for each SciPod so that you can directly link and share.

For example, post it directly on your University’s website or newsletter, add a link to it in your CV as a summary of your recent work, add it to your conference poster with a QR link, or shout about it on social media – the choice is yours.

Q: What licence covers my SciPod?

A: We publish all material in an open and barrier-free format under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. We have no pay walls or subscribe walls to view, download or share any of our material. This licence allows for free use and re-use of your SciPod by others, as long as they are not using it for financial gain. 

Q: What type of research topic do you accept?

A: We have a large team of PhD-level science writers who can understand and write about any subject. No subject is too complex to transform into a SciPod. If you cannot see a similar topic already covered by SciPod then this is down to lack of opportunity rather than ability. We have worked with a lot of different topics, but not all.

Try us, we will work closely with you until you are completely satisfied with your SciPod before it is published.

Q: Can I choose the focus of the SciPod?

A: Absolutely, we want this to be of value to you. As we are an extension of scholarly communication and not a peer-review publication, we like to discuss projects and results that have already undergone peer review.

In other words, we write our SciPod articles using research articles or reviews that have already been published in reputable peer-reviewed journals to help control the quality of the research we cover.

Q: I have published a preprint, and want to produce a SciPod to support my paper submission, is this ok?

A: Yes, we will be delighted to produce a SciPod based on your pre-print and help with your paper submission to a peer reviewed journal. If you have a target journal in mind, then please let us know and we will help tailor your SciPod to any journal related requirements.

Q: My paper is currently in review, can i work with you before it is accepted?

A: We can approach this one of two ways, and the choice is ultimately yours. We can either wait until the paper has been accepted. Or, we can actually start work on the topic before the paper is accepted. The latter offers you an opportunity to actually use your SciPod as summary when submitting the paper to a journal, or using as press release to support the paper being published. This has become a very popular way for researchers to use SciPod and add that extra personal value.

Q: Will there be any copyright issues with the original publisher?

A: No, we are not re-publishing or re-working the same material. We are producing new content based on the original paper. This is similar to how a press release would work, and our aim is to increase the visibility of your original paper as well as make your research widely accessible. We will make sure the original paper title, publisher, and DOI are cited and linked in your SciPod.

Q How will SciPod affect impact?

A: Impact can be measured in many different ways. Increasing the visibility and accessibility of your research will help to create more opportunities for funding, employment, partnerships, and support.

Consider outreach and general communication as an impact metric in itself. If your government plan to cut your research funding and there is no public reaction. Or there is generally low interest being taken in your studies from policy makers and stakeholders. Then your current approach to communication is not working and you need to try something different.

As for more traditional scholarly impact. According to Wiley, one of the leading scholarly publishers, having a video to support your scholarly paper creates 111% higher full text views of the original paper. SciPod has also shown to significantly improve the Altmetric scores and visibility of the original scholarly paper we cover. For example, this SciPod helped to raise the Altmetric score of the original science paper from 8 to 25 within 3 weeks of the SciPod’s release: https://mdpi.altmetric.com/details/53936492

Q: This all sounds good, but what is the cost?

A: As you can understand, employing a team of professional writers, editors, voice artists, graphic designers, animators, website developers, and marketers, comes at a cost.

We have worked very hard to bring our communication services to the research community at a very reasonable price. These prices are the total tax-free cost that covers the full production, distribution and digital hosting. The fee also allows us to pass the copyright of the material back to you, so that you may use it freely and independently.

Our AudiPod cost start from £450 GBP (approximately $550 USD, €530 EUR).

Our VideoPod cost start from £750 GBP (approximately $910 USD, €890 EUR).

Bulk orders are also available on request.

Q: Is this an eligible expense for my grant?

A: Yes. If your grant has an outreach or communication component, then SciPod is an eligible expense. If we can help with any grant administration then just let us know. Likewise, if you want to include SciPod in your future grant applications, just let us know what information you require.

Q: Is this an allowable expense for academic publishing?

A: Yes. A large number of academics are actively being encouraged by their institute or funding agency to engage and showcase their work beyond their own niche communities and traditional publishing channels, especially when it comes to taxpayer-funded research.

Q: What payments do you accept?

A: All payments are welcome. Either choose to pay with a credit card or invoice on our order screen. All major credit cards are accepted and processed securely by Stripe. If you request an invoice then we can arrange a PO or bank/wire transfer.

Q: This all sounds good. How do I start?

A:  Either talk to one of our outreach managers or place your order through our online ordering system. This will then go directly to our editing team who will get started straight away. Choose your product and place your order here: www.scipod.global/services 

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
We were looking for different ways to communicate our findings in a broader and more accessible way, particularly since Covid made it impossible to go and talk to people, which is what we’d normally do. I was attracted to SciPod by having a new set of eyes look at our research and extract what they thought were the most important and interesting aspects, since we’ve been working on it for a few years it was nice getting a fresher perspective. Overall working with SciPod was a really rewarding and enjoyable experience. Listen to the SciPod
Dr. Tilman Hartley
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
We were looking for different ways to communicate our findings in a broader and more accessible way, particularly since Covid made it impossible to go and talk to people, which is what we’d normally do. I was attracted to SciPod by having a new set of eyes look at our research and extract what they thought were the most important and interesting aspects, since we’ve been working on it for a few years it was nice getting a fresher perspective. Overall working with SciPod was a really rewarding and enjoyable experience. Listen to the SciPod
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Dr. Tilman Hartley
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Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
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Alejandro Estrada, Ph.D
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
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Alejandro Estrada, Ph.D
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
University of Žilina, Slovakia
Our research now has an opportunity to reach and connect with more of our peers, colleagues, students and the general public both locally and internationally. I am excited about the possibilities this will bring, and I highly recommend SciPod if you want a professional scicomm service that delivers impact and a useful tool that you can use independently. Listen to the SciPod
Prof. Martina Blašková, PhD
University of Žilina, Slovakia
Our research now has an opportunity to reach and connect with more of our peers, colleagues, students and the general public both locally and internationally. I am excited about the possibilities this will bring, and I highly recommend SciPod if you want a professional scicomm service that delivers impact and a useful tool that you can use independently. Listen to the SciPod
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Prof. Martina Blašková, PhD
University of Žilina, Slovakia
Temple University, USA
Creating and disseminating knowledge has long been part of the mission and purpose of academics. For us, the tradition has been to rely on scholarly journal publishers to do the dissemination part. However, with the ascent of social media and digitalization, it became clearer to me that dissemination should include digital platforms. So when I was approached by Science Diffusion to record a ‘SciPod’, I was intrigued and asked my friend and expert in the field if this was worth a try. Based on his encouragement, SciPod created my first audiobook in 2020 and I soon saw the readership of my paper increase. My knowledge was disseminated digitally to a larger portion of society and the conversation enriched. Working was the team at SciPod was the easiest thing! They are very responsive, professional, and flexible. The services they provide are well worth the cost. I have recommended them to other colleagues and just had a third SciPod published with them, about the issue of child labour in global supply chains. Listen to the SciPod
Dr. Bertrand Guillotin
Temple University, USA
Creating and disseminating knowledge has long been part of the mission and purpose of academics. For us, the tradition has been to rely on scholarly journal publishers to do the dissemination part. However, with the ascent of social media and digitalization, it became clearer to me that dissemination should include digital platforms. So when I was approached by Science Diffusion to record a ‘SciPod’, I was intrigued and asked my friend and expert in the field if this was worth a try. Based on his encouragement, SciPod created my first audiobook in 2020 and I soon saw the readership of my paper increase. My knowledge was disseminated digitally to a larger portion of society and the conversation enriched. Working was the team at SciPod was the easiest thing! They are very responsive, professional, and flexible. The services they provide are well worth the cost. I have recommended them to other colleagues and just had a third SciPod published with them, about the issue of child labour in global supply chains. Listen to the SciPod
Temple University, USA
Dr. Bertrand Guillotin
Temple University, USA
The College of New Jersey
I was honoured that SciPod contacted us about one of our recent papers, and I was delighted to work with them. The audiobook they produced will allow lay people and researchers to discover our research. The editorial process with SciPod was very easy and smooth and I look forward publishing our SciPod on our institutional website, and sharing with prospective research students. Listen to the SciPod
Dr. AJ Richards
The College of New Jersey
I was honoured that SciPod contacted us about one of our recent papers, and I was delighted to work with them. The audiobook they produced will allow lay people and researchers to discover our research. The editorial process with SciPod was very easy and smooth and I look forward publishing our SciPod on our institutional website, and sharing with prospective research students. Listen to the SciPod
The College of New Jersey
Dr. AJ Richards
The College of New Jersey
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
I found the process with SciPod very easy and appreciate their consistent communication throughout the process. Listen to the SciPod
Dr Samantha Dolan
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
I found the process with SciPod very easy and appreciate their consistent communication throughout the process. Listen to the SciPod
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Dr Samantha Dolan
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Centre for Time Use Research, UCL
We were approached by SciPod informing us of their science communication service, and we thought it would be a good way to widen the audience of a research paper we’ve recently published. We really enjoyed working with SciPod and dealing with the editorial team was so easy and efficient, we couldn’t have asked for it to go any smoother. We are looking forward to reaching more people than just those interested in time use research, and we think our funding agency will appreciate our efforts of a new, accessible way for them and for the public to encourage wider engagement with our research. Listen to the SciPod
Carla Aylmore, Project Officer
Centre for Time Use Research, UCL
We were approached by SciPod informing us of their science communication service, and we thought it would be a good way to widen the audience of a research paper we’ve recently published. We really enjoyed working with SciPod and dealing with the editorial team was so easy and efficient, we couldn’t have asked for it to go any smoother. We are looking forward to reaching more people than just those interested in time use research, and we think our funding agency will appreciate our efforts of a new, accessible way for them and for the public to encourage wider engagement with our research. Listen to the SciPod
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Carla Aylmore, Project Officer
Centre for Time Use Research, UCL
Vector Analytics LLC
The increase in the number of views and downloads for my PLOS paper indicates that the SciPod campaign has been successful. It has been a pleasure working with you and your team on this project. My work to reconstruct statistics will continue and I will certainly consider SciPod in my next outreach project.   Listen to the SciPod
Stanley Luck, PhD
Vector Analytics LLC
The increase in the number of views and downloads for my PLOS paper indicates that the SciPod campaign has been successful. It has been a pleasure working with you and your team on this project. My work to reconstruct statistics will continue and I will certainly consider SciPod in my next outreach project.   Listen to the SciPod
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Stanley Luck, PhD
Vector Analytics LLC
Australian National University
There is so much "white noise" in the world, particularly when communicating advances from scientific research, which makes it difficult to promulgate your discoveries and benefits that subsequently flow onto the society. A platform was needed to help solve this, and SciPod presented our research in an accessible format for the wider public, as well as non-expert colleagues. I enjoyed working with my SciPod editor Dr Catherine Deeprose, and especially appreciated her collaboration with my local media team. I have already posted my SciPod on LinkedIn and I will attach this to my various research and academic profiles. The timing will also be useful to ME/CFS campaigns in Australia, and elsewhere. I would recommend SciPod to those looking to cut through the noise. Listen to the SciPod
Dr Brett Lidbury
Australian National University
There is so much "white noise" in the world, particularly when communicating advances from scientific research, which makes it difficult to promulgate your discoveries and benefits that subsequently flow onto the society. A platform was needed to help solve this, and SciPod presented our research in an accessible format for the wider public, as well as non-expert colleagues. I enjoyed working with my SciPod editor Dr Catherine Deeprose, and especially appreciated her collaboration with my local media team. I have already posted my SciPod on LinkedIn and I will attach this to my various research and academic profiles. The timing will also be useful to ME/CFS campaigns in Australia, and elsewhere. I would recommend SciPod to those looking to cut through the noise. Listen to the SciPod
Australian National University
Dr Brett Lidbury
Australian National University
University of Tirana
With its wide and varied audience, SciPod provides an excellent venue for scientific work to be disseminated and recognised. I was very impressed with the service SciPod provided and I was particularly impressed with the fast pace of work and accuracy in condensing my research. Through SciPod, my work will reach a much larger and diverse audience rather than a limited group of experts. It will also increase the visibility of my institution and help to solidify the scientific authority of my faculty. I look forward to working with SciPod again in the near future. Listen to the SciPod
Dr Klaudio Peqini
University of Tirana
With its wide and varied audience, SciPod provides an excellent venue for scientific work to be disseminated and recognised. I was very impressed with the service SciPod provided and I was particularly impressed with the fast pace of work and accuracy in condensing my research. Through SciPod, my work will reach a much larger and diverse audience rather than a limited group of experts. It will also increase the visibility of my institution and help to solidify the scientific authority of my faculty. I look forward to working with SciPod again in the near future. Listen to the SciPod
University of Tirana
Dr Klaudio Peqini
University of Tirana
Kuria Foundation for Social Enterprise
I worked with SciPod to develop an audiobook that would communicate my research to wider audiences beyond academia. I enjoyed working with the SciPod editorial team and particularly enjoyed their script development and professional audio recording. I would recommend SciPod to my colleagues to help with communication to non-specialist audiences. Listen to the SciPod
David K. Mbote
Kuria Foundation for Social Enterprise
I worked with SciPod to develop an audiobook that would communicate my research to wider audiences beyond academia. I enjoyed working with the SciPod editorial team and particularly enjoyed their script development and professional audio recording. I would recommend SciPod to my colleagues to help with communication to non-specialist audiences. Listen to the SciPod
Kuria Foundation for Social Enterprise
David K. Mbote
Kuria Foundation for Social Enterprise