Institutional Public Engagement Program

As you probably already know, researchers 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 is a fundamental aspect of a scientist’s career. While many do recognise this, it can be a challenge to do it effectively. SciPod offers a professional communication and dissemination service to support and enhance science. We make science understandable, enjoyable, accessible, and open.

Institutional Public Engagement Program (IPEP)

SciPod’s IPEP will support you in profiling your researchers’ activities through an additional, original, cost-effective and expertly-produced outreach communication option. SciPod has an unrivalled team of scientific experts, writers, designers and voice artists to support and complement your communication department in communicating the work and impact of your researchers. We enable organisations, institutes, universities, funding bodies, NGOs and scholarly societies to share, disseminate and promote their scientific and societal endeavours through SciPod – to a broader and more diverse audience than traditional media and publication outlets can readily provide.

IPEP goals and objectives

We have worked with and spoken to many researchers who understand the value of science communication and what we offer – from personal, scientific and societal points of view. The first major barrier is the fact that there is a cost to engage in quality science communication, and there is often no clear budget for this, even if a public engagement mandate is included in the objectives of a research project. The second barrier is the time it takes to produce quality science communication material. So, not only do we tackle the goal of making science fun, accessible and available to anyone and everyone, but we have also developed a low-cost and expedited service that allows academics and departments to carry on with their important daily tasks whilst being able to deliver a high-impact outreach campaign. Our main focus is writing and developing the content in close collaboration with our clients and partners so that their remit and importance can be better communicated in a more contextualised way. We produce all material in a personalised format so that the focus is on the research and the researcher. By doing this, it allows the audience to connect and get to know the scientist and the science on a more intimate level.

How we help your research reach further

Audio

We will transform your scholarly paper into a sharable 10-minute audio layman summary and promotes to our audience of 40,000 monthly website and through over 50 audio networks, including Apple Podcasts, Audible, Spotify, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Breaker, Pocket Cast, Radio Public, and Overcast.

Video

We will turn your scholarly paper into a 3-minute 2D video animation. Animated videos can quickly bridge geographic, demographic and language barriers, allowing you to share the message of your research to a time-conscious society. Tap into the YouTube generation and let your research compete with primetime television.

Why partner with us?

With over 7000 new science papers being published each day, many are never read, let alone cited. Audio and video can help cut through the noise of over-publishing, by communicating science and research in an accessible language for a broad, diverse, and modern audience.


Three out every four audio consumers say they enjoy tuning in to audios to learn new things (source: Statista)


Monthly podcast listeners have grown 61,5% in 3 years (source: The Infinite Dial)


59% more time was spent listening to podcasts than scrolling through social media (source: semrush)


Each week, more Americans listen to podcasts than have Netflix accounts (source: Edison Research)

Partnership opportunities

There are several ways we can support your communication efforts. Our overall goal is to provide an original, impactful, and highly complementary service to both you and your researchers.

Marketing outsourcing

Arrange a fixed budget for SciPod to produce and promote a required number of audiobooks for your institute. You can select certain researchers to highlight, or we can help with selection.

SciPod will work to your requirements and deliver marketing impact without the cost of employing a marketing department.

Exclusive referral

Arrange a fixed budget for SciPod to produce and promote a required number of audiobooks for your institute. You can select certain researchers to highlight, or we can help with selection.

SciPod will work to your requirements and deliver marketing impact without the cost of employing a marketing department.

Trusted by the research community

Universidade de Évora
I enjoyed working with SciPod, as they transform scientific language into simple ideas, and I particularly enjoyed their synthesis of my research paper. I recommend SciPod to all of my peers who want to communicate their studies in a simple and clear way. I will disseminate my SciPod on my personal webpage in my institution and research centre. My funding agency will be very pleased because I have communicated my research in a format that can be understood by non-specialists. Watch the SciPod
Dr Ana Elisa Rato
Universidade de Évora
I enjoyed working with SciPod, as they transform scientific language into simple ideas, and I particularly enjoyed their synthesis of my research paper. I recommend SciPod to all of my peers who want to communicate their studies in a simple and clear way. I will disseminate my SciPod on my personal webpage in my institution and research centre. My funding agency will be very pleased because I have communicated my research in a format that can be understood by non-specialists. Watch the SciPod
Universidade de Évora
Dr Ana Elisa Rato
Universidade de Évora
University of Newcastle, Australia
I decided to work with SciPod after hearing positive recommendations from a colleague.  It seemed that an audiobook was a contemporary new way of spreading my research. The editorial team were excellent to work with and were particularly responsive to any correction requests. I look forward to SciPod’s expertise in disseminating my research through the internet in a way that I'm unfamiliar with, and giving a voice to the outcomes and the participants of my research. All in all, I would recommend SciPod to my peers. Listen to the SciPod
Professor Lynne McCormack
University of Newcastle, Australia
I decided to work with SciPod after hearing positive recommendations from a colleague.  It seemed that an audiobook was a contemporary new way of spreading my research. The editorial team were excellent to work with and were particularly responsive to any correction requests. I look forward to SciPod’s expertise in disseminating my research through the internet in a way that I'm unfamiliar with, and giving a voice to the outcomes and the participants of my research. All in all, I would recommend SciPod to my peers. Listen to the SciPod
University of Newcastle, Australia
Professor Lynne McCormack
University of Newcastle, Australia
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
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
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
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
Vector Analytics LLC
Stanley Luck, PhD
Vector Analytics LLC
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
Centre for Time Use Research, UCL
Carla Aylmore, Project Officer
Centre for Time Use Research, UCL
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
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr Samantha Dolan
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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
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

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