About me

IMG_0144 photo credit Arden Wray

I am a science storyteller, radio/interactive documentary producer, and PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen in the department of Media, Cognition and Communication where I study science communication with a focus on synthetic biology.

Before starting the PhD, I was making radio (and it’s still my fav medium by far!) More specifically, I’ve produced and hosted national radio shows at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (on CBC Radio 1 I produced/presented a feature program on IDEAS with Paul Kennedy; made several contributions to Spark with Nora Young; was a producer on the summer series about neuroscience called Think About It; produced over 400 segments for CBC Radio 2 and hosted on CBC Radio 3). I am also a returning contributor to WNYC’s Studio 360. Outside of radio, my work has been exhibited at the Ontario Science Centre, brought me to join National Geographic on a television shoot in Morocco, and assist independent documentary filmmakers in the US.

I’ve taught at the University of Oxford, University of Copenhagen, University of Warwick and OCAD University. My current research is supported by the UCPH Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship. I have been a visiting scholar at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2012) as well as the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute at NYU (2015-2016).

I just wrote my first book, which will be coming out in 2017 about the hopes, fears and science behind de-extinction (the attempt to bring extinct species back to life with biotechnology). It will be published by Greystone Books on the David Suzuki Foundation imprint.

Along with Molly Willows, I co-founded Ladies Lugging Gear – a (now on pause) bi-monthly salon-style performance night in Toronto that celebrates the work of creative women in Toronto. I split my time between that city (my hometown) and Copenhagen (where I mainly am these days).

Feel free to write me at hello@brittwray.com or find me on Twitter @brittwray.

Still from an animation I made for CBC Radio 1's Think About It.

Still from an animation I made for CBC Radio 1’s Think About It.