Training Courses / Workshops

Science Communication 101

Funding is scarce. Anti-science rhetoric is on the rise. Policymakers often fail to grasp the research necessary to make informed decisions in the best interests of their constituents. But empirical data suggest that good science communication both empowers citizens and benefits the careers of scientists. This half-day workshop helps scientists develop communication skills and put those skills into action by:

  • Exploring the empirical benefits of communicating science
  • Learning to answer difficult, controversial, and critical questions from the media
  • Tweeting, blogging, writing op-eds, and presenting research to engage the lay public
  • Preparing policy briefs
  • Engaging with policymakers and funders

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 9; 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Jory Weintraub, Duke Initiative for Science and Society
Fee: $45

Science Storytelling

The best available science tells us that for most audiences, stories are more interesting, understandable, convincing, and memorable than evidence‐focused communications. Stories weave together fact and emotion to create meaning, and they are how people make sense of the world. However, storytelling is not taught during scientific training, and discussion of feelings is explicitly discouraged. This workshop focuses on helping experts develop and tell stories about science with intellectual honesty, emotional authenticity, and ethical care. This half-day Story Collider event combines hard-won stage experience with a grounding in the academic research about effective science communication. In addition to lecture, discussion, and critical analysis, participants will experience hands-on practice and personal critique. Join us for this unique opportunity to craft your own story arc from the first moment of inspiration to the final word of its performance.

Date and Time: Friday, August 12; 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Instructor: Liz Neeley, The Story Collider
Fee: $250