Norwegian University of Science and Technology launches English-language podcast

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Calling all learners, lovers of science, and seekers of fascinating facts!

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has launched an English-language podcast with science stories from the university.

From Viking raiders to climate change

Welcome to the podcast world, NTNU.

Dubbed 63 Degrees North, the program promises:

“We bring you surprising stories of science, history, and innovation from 63 Degrees North, the home of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Listen as we explore the mysteries of the polar night, the history of Viking raiders, and how geologists and engineers are working to save the planet, one carbon dioxide molecule at a time – and more.

Take a journey to Europe’s outer edge for fascinating tales and remarkable discoveries.”

Why English?

“Podcasts have become more and more mainstream, in Norway and across the globe. In the US alone, surveys show that more than half of all Americans over the age of 12 listen to podcasts.

Now, it’s NTNU’s turn to jump into the international arena – with a podcast in English”, explains NTNU Director of Communication Siv Anniken Røv.
 
Røv adds, “There’s a huge audience that’s hungry for new podcasts, and we’re excited to test this new medium to share NTNU research internationally.
 
“Even though there are many English-language science-based podcasts, as best we can tell, there’s no English-language podcast that’s devoted solely to Norwegian science and technology.

This is a niche we hope we can fill.”

Officially launched

The new podcast officially launched on February 1 at the virtual Arctic Frontiers Conference. 

A sneak peek was released on January 20, 2021. The podcast is available across all major podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple.
 
With five episode planned for its first season, 63 Degrees North will take visitors behind the scenes of groundbreaking discoveries with the help of NTNU experts and researchers.
 
The episodes will include everything from stories about how a happy accident helped biologists discover that the polar night is far different than previously believed, how geologists and engineers are helping battle climate change, and exactly what it took to create Norway’s nanotechnology-based COVID-19 test.

Nancy Bazilchuk is hosting the podcast.

NTNU podcasts on the rise

Many NTNU researchers and research groups have also started production their other podcasts as a way to share their research, a move that Røv applauds:
 
“It’s been inspiring to see how many researchers have decided to test this new medium on their own.

We have already seen how powerful a medium podcasting can be, just from our early listener numbers from the Norwegian podcast.”

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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