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Every day of our lives is spent in the built environment - from the homes we live in to the roads we drive to the buildings in which we work. But while our world continues to shift and grow and change, the development and delivery of the built environment has fallen dramatically behind. To keep up, we know that the construction industry must transform. Through conversations with the leaders, visionaries and innovators behind the built revolution, this podcast explores our changing environmen ...
 
We all know the world of work is changing - and it's sure as hell changing now. Writer and broadcaster Christina Patterson talks to inspirational people from a wide range of working backgrounds about how they're responding to the current challenges, what we can do to make work work better for all of us, and how to find silver linings in a pandemic.
 
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Harriet Minter is a journalist, speaker, broadcaster and coach. The founder of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership initiative, she has written about leadership, diversity and the future of work for publications ranging from The Times to Marie Claire and Psychologies. She presents Badasswomen’s Hour for Talk Radio, has given two Ted X talks and curre…
 
Ayesha Hazarika is a broadcaster, journalist, political commentator and award-winning stand up comedian. She was a Labour Party special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015. She now presents her own show on Times Radio, is a columnist for the Evening Standard, the Scotsman and the i paper and a regular guest on …
 
Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist, author and host of the chart-topping podcast, You’re Booked. She has written two highly acclaimed works of non-fiction, How To Be A Grown Up and The Sisterhood, has written for almost every national newspaper and magazine and has been an agony aunt for Grazia and a columnist for The Pool. Her first nov…
 
A selection of my favourite Nice to Know moments from Season 1, covering episodes 10 - 18. Timestamps: 01:26 Ep. 10: Proteins & PhD Life with Dr Rhiannon Morris 02:51 Ep.11: Cancer, COVID, and Childcare with Dr Margs Brennan 04:34 Ep. 12: Doing Tai Chi with Drones with Design Researcher Joseph La Delfa 06:35 Ep. 13: Negative Results to Positive Int…
 
David Bodanis is a bestselling author, speaker, futurist and polymath. His books include E = mc2, which was translated into 24 languages and made into a ballet, Electric Universe, Passionate Minds and The Art of Fairness. He has been a popular speaker at Davos and big corporates and for many years taught the “Intellectual toolkit” course at Oxford.…
 
A selection of my favourite Nice to Know moments from Season 1, covering episodes 1 - 9. Timestamps: 01:33: Ep. 1: Fat, immunity, and winning the Nobel Prize with Dr Hatoon Baazim 03:45: Ep. 2: From cocktails to chemistry with Giovanni Di Mauro 05:09: Ep. 3: Empathising with neuropsychologist Kate Bray 06:10: Ep. 4: Bone-eating cells and Blue Monda…
 
Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian, TV and radio presenter, executive coach and one-woman powerhouse. She's the host of the chart-topping podcast, How to Own the Room, which is also a bestselling book and has published two literary self-help books, The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature and Au Revoir Tristesse: Lessons …
 
Dame Sarah Connolly is one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos. She is well known for roles ranging from Caesar in Handel’s Giulio Cesare to Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She has sung in many of the world’s great opera houses, won masses of awards for her work, and was awarded a DBE in 2017. She talk…
 
Guy Spier is a Zurich-based investor whose Aquamarine Fund has achieved market-beating returns. He studied at Oxford with David Cameron and then at Harvard Business School and started his fund after a disastrous stint at a company that wrecked his reputation and made him unemployable. He's the author of a bestselling book, The Education of a Value …
 
Our guest today is Michael Glatt, Vice Chairman and North American Head of Project Management at Macro, A Savills Company. From his time of being a third-generation mill worker, to his 40 years of industry experience, his insight is valuable to say the least. Michael has extensive involvement in commercial real estate project management – including…
 
Speed to market is a common driver in manufacturing and life sciences projects, requiring some facilities to be completed before the product and manufacturing process have been well defined. Some facilities may need to be reconfigured for multiple uses during their operational lives. This podcast explores the research that provides guidance on whic…
 
Climate change - we all know that it's happening, but how do we actually know this scientifically? Bruce Vaughn studies glaciers up at the North Pole, looking at ice cores to study how our climate has changed over the Earth's history. We talk about how this is done, and also how we are now entering uncharted territory of atmospheric CO2, warming, a…
 
Our conversation with Arlen Solochek, FAIA, Consulting Architect, helps owners consider how different project characteristics, market conditions, internal considerations, and participants' concerns create better (and worse) matches with different project delivery methods. Arlen’s extensive experience on the owner’s side and on the practitioner’s si…
 
Can you imagine a major construction site that requires no cranes? Or one that requires no people? Or completely eliminates the permitting process? Check out our conversation with Fernanda Leite, Associate Professor at the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin who is helping to lead the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII) Technology Path …
 
Our guest today is Sam Ruben, Co-Founder of Mighty Buildings, a company that is using a massive 3D printer to tackle the affordability gap in new construction and housing. Our conversation with Sam opened our eyes to the future of building technology and what it means when ideas are put into reality. Yes, you can buy a 3D printed building from Migh…
 
Research Team UMM-01, Achieving Higher Levels of Standardized Facility Design in the Upstream, Midstream, and Mining Commodity Market The design of most upstream and midstream projects is customized to the project’s specific requirements. The widespread use of standard designs, while perhaps providing a less “optimal” solution, could result in sign…
 
Olfa Hamdi is a global expert in the strategic, construction-driven planning and execution of capital projects. She is an American-trained engineer, inventor, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded the Advanced Work Packaging Institute before co-founding Concord Project Technologies (https://tconglobal.com/about/) in 2016. Please enjoy our con…
 
Hamdi Jama (@HamdiAJama) is here to tell you why you should be eating 40g* of fibre a day!! Hamdi is a PhD student in the Marques Lab (@FZMarques), a lab specializing in hypertension research. How does eating fibre relate to blood pressure?? Listen to find out! *subsequent to recording, Hamdi informed me it should have been 30g. But since most peop…
 
This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their major discovery of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology. Listen to find out how they discovered it, how this technology works, and the huge potential it has for the future!! This series was made with the support of the Marie Curie Alumni Associat…
 
Céline Debourse is an Assyriologist - which means she's an expert on Ancient Mesopotamia! What happened in this ancient place and time, and what can it tell us about humanity today? If you want to find out more about Ancient Mesopotamia, check out Céline's fantastic blog: https://tuppublog.wordpress.com/ For more information on Nice To Know, follow…
 
Dr Cheneal Puljevic (@ChenealPuljevic) is a public health researcher at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane Australia, studying substance use and mental health amongst disadvantaged populations, such as people who have been to prison. We talk about why people smoke cigarettes, the crafty ways in which prisoners managed to turn nicotine patche…
 
Dr Bernhard Hochreiter combines biology and physics to study how the proteins in our cells behave and interact with each other. In this episode, we talk about what it's like to be straddling multiple disciplines, and discuss the issue of how negative results are rarely published. Bernhard recently completed his PhD in the lab of Johannes Schmid, at…
 
Phil Jones worked on a children's play bus, at a refuge for teenage runaways and as a gardener before training as a journalist. He has worked on The Jeremy Vine Show (and its predecessor The Jimmy Young Show) for 30 years. He thought Covid was just like flu, but when he woke up with it, on the first day of lockdown, he found out it wasn't. In this …
 
Joseph La Delfa is an industrial designer doing his PhD in design research, where he has developed a drone that responds to bodily movements, to be used as a meditation tool for the practice of Tai Chi. Although he's not a scientist, I find out what design research is, and the similarities and differences to scientific research. See for yourself wh…
 
Adam Hamdy planned to become a lawyer. Instead, he worked as a strategy consultant and as a tech entrepreneur before breaking into Hollywood as a screenwriter and becoming a bestselling author of thrillers. But he knows about struggle. The son of an Egyptian father who worked as a waiter in the UK, he was once so hard up that he had to burn his own…
 
Jackie Kay is a multi-award-winning poet, playwright and writer of memoir and fiction. She's an MBE and a CBE, Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and Chancellor of the University of Salford. But she's also the Makar, or national poet for Scotland. Every baby born in Scotland gets a poem by her in their baby basket. Through lockdo…
 
Dr Margs Brennan is a cancer researcher, studying how blood cancers develop and how cells avoid dying. She's also currently living in Melbourne during the second COVID-caused lockdown, balancing research and care for an 8 month old baby. Margs and I did our PhD in the same lab (the Herold lab at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute. You can find out m…
 
Nikki Kanani has been picked twice by Pulse as the UK's "top up and coming GP". In 2017, she was awarded an MBE. In 2018, she was was the first woman to be appointed Medical Director of Primary Care in NHS England. And she's not yet 40! In this podcast, she talks about switching medicine to Zoom, Black Lives Matter and what it was like to take part…
 
Suzanne Moore is known as an astute and fearless commentator on politics, society and life. She has written for publications ranging from The Mail on Sunday to Marxism Today and has been a columnist at The Guardian for more than 25 years. In this podcast, she talks about culture wars, clicktivism, the future of journalism - and what she hasn't miss…
 
The now Dr Rhiannon Morris (@Scientist_Rhi) is a biochemist, using "structural biology" to search for new cures for blood cancers. Rhiannon explains what structural biology is, and we talk about what she's learned during her PhD beyond the proteins. Rhiannon did her PhD in the Babon lab at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute (@WEHI_research), but she…
 
Ann Gallagher trained as a nurse during the Troubles in Belfast before studying philosophy and moving into academia. In this podcast, she talks about the joy of nursing, the heroism of care workers during Covid, the creativity of academics and how an art exhibition in Stockholm inspired a new vision for the future of care.…
 
Matthew Syed was the UK No 1 table tennis player and an Olympian before becoming an award-winning journalist, keynote speaker and bestselling author of Bounce, Black Box Thinking and Rebel Ideas. In this podcast, he talks about the power of diverse thinking, what immigrants can teach us and how we can adapt to the harsh realities of work after Covi…
 
Quantum Physics - sounds like it's straight out of a sci-fi movie, right? And, honestly... maybe it is! Or maybe it isn't... or maybe it's both! Philip Taranto (@tarantophilip) explains to me what this weird word "Quantum" actually means, how quantum physics and philosophical questions overlap, and how exciting new technologies are being developed …
 
Julia Samuel is one of the UK's leading psychotherapists and the bestselling author of Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving and This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings. In this wide-ranging conversation, she talks about how to cope with losing a job, how to keep hope alive during a pandemic, the joy of kic…
 
Peter York is best known for his astute and acerbic observations about British culture and life. For more than 40 years, he has drawn on his background in market research to spot and analyse trends and tribes, from the Sloane Ranger to the hipster to the interior decor of dictators' homes. In this entertaining and wide-ranging conversation, he talk…
 
Dr Amy Shepherd (@amylasenz) is a triple threat - her background in neuroscience, immunology, and working with the gut is being combined for her postdoc to learn about the enteric nervous system, or the brain in your gut (into the unknoooown!!!). Amy did her PhD at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (@TheFlorey) and is now worki…
 
Dr Idris Ajia is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton. He works on nanophotonics and metamaterials or, in my words, laser beams and new materials that can do cool things in response to the laser's light. Idris is also from Nigeria, and so is one of a regrettably small number of b…
 
Tamara Rojo knows all about hard work. She has been dancing since she was five. She has won almost every award going for her work, including a CBE. She has spent seven years reconfiguring English National Ballet and had just moved it to a new state-of-the-art venue when the pandemic struck. But she's not giving up. In this podcast, she talks about …
 
What do you do when you're unemployable? Julian Baggini thinks he now is. The first in his family ever to go to university, he has spent his career writing and thinking about the big issues, but has never really had "a proper job". In this podcast, he talks about the myth of authenticity at work, the challenges and rewards of freelance life, and wh…
 
In her new book, Uncharted, Margaret Heffernan predicts a coronavirus epidemic - and then had to cancel her book launch when it struck. Luckily, she's used to change. She went from being a BBC documentary maker to being a tech entrepreneur. Her TED talks have been watched by more than 12 million people. In this podcast, she talks about the importan…
 
Dr Casey Zakroff (@CaseyZakroff) is a marine biologist with a love for cephalopods - otherwise known as squids and other weird and wonderful ocean-dwelling creatures. In this episode, we talk about his research on squids facing the challenges of climate change, and also the challenges of science communication. Check out video footage of the adorabl…
 
Dr André Rendeiro (@afrendeiro) is a computational biologist - using the power of statistics to answer questions about the genetics of human disease, and how different people respond to disease treatments. As well as talking about his own research, we also talk about 23 and Me, and his take on analysing your own genetic information. At the time of …
 
Dr Julia Brunner (@jules_stef) is an immunologist and an expert in these special immune cells called macrophages, whose main job is to eat things (what a dream!). Osteoclasts are a special kind of macrophage that eat your bones (Whaaaat??!! Don't worry, it's totally fine). Julia tells us what she's discovered about these weird and wonderful cells. …
 
Kate Bray (@kbkatebray) is a neuropsychologist in training and PhD student - but don't feel sorry for her because she studies empathy!! Specifically, she studies whether your ability to empathise as a child could influence your mental health as a teenager. Also, her lab is currently also running a study on families and children and how they are aff…
 
Giovanni Di Mauro (@Giovannidm91) is an organic chemist, but would you believe that he went from being an acrobatic bartender to now making molecules in the lab that could end up being new medicines!? In a nutshell, Giovanni is basically a wizard and I'm definitely booking in a happy hour with him soon. Giovanni is currently doing his PhD in the Ma…
 
Over the past month, capital projects teams across the country -- and truly, across the globe -- have been pulling out their emergency management plans as the impact of COVID-19 has pushed us all into unchartered territories. Even the giants in our industry are experiencing disruptions in construction, daily operations, and more commonly now over t…
 
Dr Hatoon Baazim (@Hatoon_Bkeerah) tells us about her PhD research into viral infection (sorry, not COVID-19) and immunometabolism. Favourite thing that I got to know in this episode: fat is so much more than just cushioning. Hatoon recently completed her PhD in the lab of Andreas Bergthaler at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM), in Vienna, A…
 
So what is this podcast?? Nice to Know is the podcast where I interview everyday scientists and find out about what they're researching and what it's like to be a scientist. I'm a scientist myself, so in this episode you find out what I work on and why I find it interesting! It's a little taster for what's to come in this podcast. For more info on …
 
Over the past month, capital projects teams across the country -- and truly, across the globe -- have been pulling out their emergency management plans as the impact of COVID-19 has pushed us all into unchartered territories. Even the giants in our industry are experiencing disruptions in construction, daily operations, and more commonly now over t…
 
Over the past month, capital projects teams across the country — and truly, across the globe — have been pulling out their emergency management plans as the impact of COVID-19 has pushed us all into unchartered territories. Even the giants in our industry are experiencing disruptions in construction, daily operations, and more commonly now over the…
 
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