Winner of the 2018 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) Making & Doing Award
AURATOR is a public engagement platform for “frank speech” about the culture of synthetic biology. Created by Britt Wray, produced by Nadja Oertelt, Helios Design Labs and Ewan Cass-Kavanagh, AURATOR is filled with personal audio diaries from multidisciplinary leaders in the synthetic biology field. Personally recorded audio diaries were made by a synthetic biologist, a biohacker, an artist, a bioethicist, a watchdog and an entrepreneur who work with synthetic biology. AURATOR invites users into an intimate world of "listening to science" by listening to these diaries, and asks users to make their own audio diaries with their device's microphone to evolve the conversation. AURATOR is a project inspired by Wray's PhD research at the University of Copenhagen about the function of emotion and affect in science communication, and is funded by the University of Warwick Integrative Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It won the 2018 4S Making & Doing prize, which recognizes scholars working with art, film, interactive media, and other forms of non-traditional scholarship.