Dallas Campbell – Who is out there? Chatting about Science communication and Space!

Dallas Campbell, a science communicator and television presenter, discusses his early life, career in television, and fascination with space exploration. He reminisces about past collaborations and the creation of the TV program Britain Beneath Your Feet. Dallas emphasizes the importance of popularizing science and making it accessible to the general public. He also explores the impact of new media and social media on society and discusses his podcasts, Patented and In Orbit. The conversation delves into the potential of AI and the search for extraterrestrial life, highlighting the awe and wonder of space exploration. In this conversation, Dallas Campbell discusses his experience overcoming fear and building confidence in public speaking. He also talks about his work in public speaking coaching and writing a book on space history. The conversation touches on the importance of science history and the ever-changing nature of scientific knowledge. Dallas shares his love for trees and their symbolism in our lives. He also discusses the power of doubt in science and the informality of podcasts. The conversation concludes with a discussion on dream scenarios, including the discovery of life beyond Earth and the exploration of Mars.


  • Popularizing science and making it accessible to the general public is important for fostering curiosity and understanding.
  • The impact of new media and social media on society is significant, but the role of television and mainstream media still holds value.
  • Space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life continue to captivate and inspire, raising profound questions about our place in the universe.
  • The potential of AI is both exciting and concerning, and careful regulation is necessary to ensure its responsible use.
  • Authenticity and passion are key to effective presentations, and the eradication of self-imposed blocks can enhance public speaking skills. Overcoming fear in public speaking requires relaxation and self-confidence.
  • Science history provides valuable insights into the progress and nature of scientific knowledge.
  • Trees hold deep symbolism and represent permanence and grounding in our lives.
  • Science is a continuous process of doubt and revision, leading to new discoveries and understanding.
  • Podcasts and social media have made conversations more informal and accessible.
  • The future of science communication lies in diverse platforms and engaging storytelling.
  • Dream scenarios include the discovery of life beyond Earth and the exploration of Mars.

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Jim Mulholland

Jim is an ecologist and arboriculturist, specialising in veteran trees and bats. Jim is the director of Bats Research & Training, where he helps professionals train for a bat licence. When he is not running the business he works for the Vincent Wildlife Trust, as a senior bat conservation officer.

Jim’s current research interests include; improving how we survey trees for bats and creating artificial bat roosts in trees.
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Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, CIFOR-ICRAF

This week Sharon speaks to Patrick Worms, President, IUAF – the International Union of Agroforestry

Vice-President, EURAF – the European Agroforestry Federation

Trustee, Savanna Institute

Senior Fellow, EGA – the Evergreening Global Alliance

Steering Committee Member, ILLP – Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace
 Advisor, EJP Soils – European Joint Programme Soils

Advisor, ERC – Ecosystem Restoration Camps

Executive Committee, IPC – International Poplar Commission, FAO

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Professor Lynne Boddy talks Fungi

Lynne Boddy is Professor of Fungal Ecology at Cardiff University UK. She has taught and researched into the ecology of fungi associated with trees and wood decomposition for 45 years. Her research focuses on understanding how fungal mycelia behave in the natural world, climate change effects on fungi, antagonistic interactions between fungi, and development of fungal communities in wood. She is currently studying the fascinating communities of fungi and other organisms that rot the centres of old trees. She is a prolific author having co-authored “Fungal Decomposition of Wood” and “The Fungi”, her most recent (2021) being “Fungi and Trees: their Complex Relationships”, and the children’s book “Humongous Fungus”. She was (2009–2010) president of the British Mycological Society. Lynne is an ardent communicator of the mysteries and importance of the amazing hidden Kingdom of Fungi to the general public including TV, radio, popular talks, videos, articles and exhibitions. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2019 for Services to Mycology and Science Outreach.

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