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Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 50: Bakit Mahalagang I-Communicate Ang Science Sa Publiko?

This episode features Shaira Panela, an award-winning science writer from the Philippines. She has written for local and international publications such as Asian Scientist Magazine, GMA News Online, Rappler, and SunStar.

We talked about the differences between writing about science and writing about crime, politics, or entertainment, the toughest science stories she has ever worked on, her most memorable experiences as a science writer, why science communication matters in the Philippines, communicating science to the public, and more.

How to contact Shaira:

  • Facebook: fb.com/alingshaira
  • Instagram: @alingshaira
  • Twitter: @alingshaira
  • Email: shairapanela@gmail.com / rsfpanela@gmail.com

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 50 here:

(Full transcript to follow; watch this page for updates)


The Ask Theory Podcast is available via these platforms — make sure to subscribe, as we’ll be releasing a new episode every week:

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RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/ask-theory-WJkbLJ

Music: Hopeful Cinematic Ambient by bdProductions; My Mysterious Planet by Free Music

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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.