A modern-day Frankenstein and scientific equality
We’ve just passed the 2016 Raw Science Film Festival that brought self-identifying nerds together to honour the year’s science and technology films. We caught up with Raw Science’s Founder Keri Kukral to find out what her motivations were and how she views the current world of STEM.
You can read the full interview with Keri in the latest issue of Front Line Genomics magazine
FLG: Can you explain to people what Raw Science is?
KK: Raw Science is an online science channel, where we combine news and video on demand. Kind of like Vice meets Netflix for science and technology.
FLG: What was your motivation to found it?
KK: I have always been very passionate about science media out of basically curiosity and interest. My motivation to found it in 2013 was that I realised that the audience in the US was very quickly draining from TV to the internet. Particularly for science, especially in the millennial and younger demographics. I realised that it is important to promote science media and that creating an online platform would be the way to do it. I won a pitch competition held by Cal Tec, so that helped.
FLG: Media and science are tightly intertwined, with one often influencing the other. What does the relationship between the two look like to you?
KK: It is something that is very unfiltered fortunately – straight from scientists through digital media – and it’s very dynamic, even education is dynamic now. We used to have textbooks that were printed and it took many years to modify what was in them, but that is not how discovery happens or information changes today. To me, the relationship between science and media is very tightly intertwined and digital conveyance of information is extremely important now, given how quickly things are being discovered.
FLG: Do you think there is a responsibility on media and science to not just inspire each other, but actively do a better job of informing and educating each other?
KK: Yes, I very much agree that science and media need to do a better job in informing each other in real time so that people have access to critical information. That is very much the basis of the open source platforms that our society is moving towards, for technology and for the solutions to that technology.
FLG: Excitingly, you also have the Raw Science Film Festival, which I believe is a qualifier for the Oscars. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
KK: It’s not yet! After our 2018 Festival it will be eligible to be a qualifier, but that is our goal. The film festival was started in 2014 with the goal of cultivating young filmmakers that are passionate about science and making sure that the message of science stays at the forefront.