British Universities Film & Video Council

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New entries on the Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,600 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, telephone or visit the Gateway at

British Geological Survey
The British Geographical Survey is the UK’s principal supplier of geological expertise and information for decision making for governmental, commercial and individual users. The organisation’s research is in strategically important areas including energy and natural resources, vulnerability to environmental change and hazards, and Earth System Science, often in collaboration with the national and international scientific academic community. The website features a range of audiovisual material including a YouTube channel which presents a wide-range of informative videos on recent geological research in the UK and abroad, aspects of BGS policy, and on-location reports from research projects around the world.

This site presents videos of academics from various disciplines, talking to camera about their interests and research. The aim is to communicate research in a way that is accessible to the wider public. The videos are professionally made and the participants present their ideas clearly in an unadorned, simple way, largely relying on direct, to camera communication, without any other audiovisual aids. Users can narrow their search by four broad categories: Arts and Humanities, Formal Sciences, Natural Sciences, Professional and Social Sciences. Amongst the disciplines currently represented on the site are Architecture, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Finance, Fashion, Film Studies, Management and Planetary Sciences. All content is free to view but there are various Licencing options for use of the content beyond the platform. A simple idea, well executed.

Heredity Podcast
Heredity is the official journal of the Genetics Society. The society’s podcast has been produced intermittently since 2006 by researchers in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. Each episode is usually around 20 minutes long and covers the latest research in human, animal and plant genetics. The episodes are accompanied by links which feature scholarly articles related to the subject matter of the podcasts. Suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates, subscription is free, either via iTunes or direct from the site itself via an RSS feed.

Omega Tau
A podcast which covers a range of subjects in science and engineering. The episodes are in either English or German (ie. they’re not bilingual). All episodes are published under the Creative Commons Non-Derivative Licence 3.0. The podcast is wide-ranging, covering computer science, artificial intelligence, game theory, astronomy and antimatter.

Planet Earth Online
The goal of this website is to explain how environmental scientists work and why the work they do is important. The site is run by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK public body that supports and funds the natural and environmental sciences, via major environmental research centres: the British Antarctic Survey, the British Geological Survey, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, the National Centre for Earth Observation and the National Oceanography Centre. As well as News and Features sections there is a Podcasts and Video page, where various aspects of the work done by the above bodies are discussed.

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