Engineering will continue to be misunderstood by the media because of the dearth of science-educated opinion formers, author Douglas Adams said this week.
Adams, speaking at the annual awards of the Public Awareness of Science and Engineering Drama Fund (PAWS), which promotes technological themes in TV drama, said most opinion formers and media people had studied arts subjects.
‘Students do science and arts in different parts of the university and are encouraged to hate each other. So is it any surprise that science gets a bad press?’ he said.
Mervyn Watson, a former Emmerdale Farm executive producer who studied metallurgy and has worked in industry, said it would be hard to get more technological themes into existing soaps. But he would love to see a new scientific soap.
Blackout, a proposal for a serial based on a nationwide electrical blackout, won the PAWS Drama Fund prize. The Institution of Electrical Engineers helped with research for the proposal.
* Quinco, which lobbies to improve engineering’s image, is to put £12,500 into the PAWS Drama Fund next year.