British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

New additions to the Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,350 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at

This French website presents a huge variety of audiovisual resources for researchers and those in higher education. Co-ordinated by CERIMES (Centre of Resources and Information on multimedia for Higher Education), the site features over 2,000 films and 4,000 conferences provided by a consortium of French universities. The educational channels cover subjects from the humanities, sciences and social sciences. The videos are supplemented with text, biographical information, contact details and useful links.

History Scientist
Produced by Colin Sanders, who is a professional scientist and enthusiastic amateur historian, this YouTube site features book reviews and Sanders’ chapter by chapter review of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Sanders also has a blog called History Books Review which features transcripts of his Gibbon podcasts and the series is also available as a podcast on iTunes.

Imagine Science Films
This organisation is responsible for promoting collaboration between filmmakers and scientists, with the aim of making science accessible and interesting to a wider audience. The website gives details of events and programmes, including the Imagine Science Film Festival. The website’s video page includes recordings of debates and discussions, trailers and profiles.

Imperial College Podcasts
This podcast is presented in a magazine format and features interviews with researchers and scientists at Imperial College, London, as well as round-ups of the latest science news. The podcasts are distinguished by their variety: a typical example covering how gene therapy could treat a rare form of blindness, how economics shapes discourse on climate change and how to protect creative industries while fostering innovation. The podcasts can be streamed or downloaded free of charge and can be listened to as a whole or in individual chapters.

99% Invisible
This innovative podcast is created and presented by Roman Mars, who devotes each 5 to 10 minute episode to exploring an aspect of design or architecture, based on the notion that the most interesting aspect of an object or building is almost always overlooked. From there Mars usually tries to draw a wider conclusion about what makes design work and the difference between good and bad design. Episodes cover such diverse subjects as the reconstruction of Warsaw’s Old Town after World War II, the theory of dazzle camouflage and the design of airport terminals, parking meters and toothbrushes.

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