Jon is Associate Professor of Ocean Exploration & Public Engagement at the University of Southampton and a former reporter and news editor of New Scientist magazine. In his training, he draws on 20 years of experience of being a research-active scientist who communicates his work to the public and policymakers both directly and via the media. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and World Service science radio programmes and has extensive experience of broadcast news interviews about his own research. He is a scientific advisor and onscreen contributor to TV documentaries including BBC Blue Planet II, and the author of popular science book Ask an Ocean Explorer (2019).
Claire is a freelance science journalist who writes for publications including New Scientist, Nature, Science and The Observer. Prior to going freelance, she was Senior Reporter, News and Features at Nature, and before that, a news reporter and features editor at New Scientist magazine. She has also regularly appeared as a science news commentator on The Science Hour on the BBC World Service. She has a doctorate in developmental biology and has won awards for her science journalism including an Association of British Science Writers Award. She has been training scientists in science communication in the UK, EU and further afield since 2000.