Putting People Back into Science: A Science Storytelling Workshop with Elizabeth Connor
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Putting People Back into Science: A Science Storytelling Workshop with Elizabeth Connor

A Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) Event

“Storytelling is as old as humanity itself. And in a modern world saturated with electronic media, nothing resonates quite so much as the personal narrative of a storyteller. In science, this narrative has a special role, because what we do so often seems mysterious to those outside our profession.  Story telling in science, whether of science valour or science beauty, provides a very human window into our world. Telling stories, simply and clearly, is the means by which we connect science with humanity.”

I learnt about the importance of storytelling in science from my mentor, the great scientist and storyteller Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (quoted above). Humans have been telling stories since the African grasslands and they are still the most effective way of conveying information and capturing an audience. 

In essence storytelling is about creating a personal connection with your audience.  To achieve this you need to get through the jargon, bureaucracy and ‘official’ language to find out what people really care about – the authentic story. 

For the past decade, storytelling has been at the heart of my science communication practice the key to the success of many projects. I have used storytelling to gain support and funding for supercomputing infrastructure in NZ, to draw together communities, to build trust around new initiatives such as STEM education, to connect science with industry, to engage new audiences through Magnificent Science Variety Shows and to train scientists to communicate their cutting edge research to any audience. 

For the first time ever, in this new science storytelling workshop, I will share the techniques and insights I have gathered. We will start by examining the relationship between science and storytelling. Then through a series of practical exercises we will explore interview and storytelling techniques to uncover, craft and communicate authentic science stories.

Improve your ability to:

  • Captivate your audience
  • Generate support for new ideas, research or initiatives
  • Build team culture
  • Get funding
  • Uncover, craft and tell authentic science stories
  • Interview scientists
  • Find purpose, passion and inspiration

SCANZ Members: $65 + GST
Non-members: $95 + GST
RSVP to scanz2011@gmail.com

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Supercharged Superheroes: How to Bring Your Research to Life
Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

Supercharged Superheroes: How to Bring Your Research to Life

  • University of Canturbury, Staff Club (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As a presenter, you have the power to turn your audience into superheroes for your cause, or alternatively, if they think you are wasting their time, a pack of marauding zombies looking for escape from the room.

A Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) Event

Presented by Yinnon Dolev and Olivia Burge, multi-award winning science communicators and senior PhD Candidates, Biological Sciences, UC

Join Olivia and Yinnon to learn how to bring your research (or technical information) to life without creating Frankenstein’s monster. As a presenter, you have the power to turn your audience into superheroes for your cause, or alternatively, if they think you are wasting their time, a pack of marauding zombies looking for escape from the room.

Whether you are pitching your idea to your team or presenting cutting edge research at an international conference, presentations matter. Learn how to develop the right story for your audience to zap them in to life.

Olivia will cover developing the ‘story’ of your research, how to pitch that story for any audience, and how to make your visual props (the slides) support the most important part of the talk – you!

Following on, Yinnon will show you how to maximise your effectiveness as a presenter and capture your audience, from calming your nerves to where to stand, and what to do when technology or words, fail you.

We all have to give presentations at one time or another, this is your chance to learn how to be effective in communicating in future and creating superheroes for your ideas.

Programme details: 5 pm network with a drink (cash bar) | 5:30 pm Presentation | 6:30 pm questions and answers with a drink

Pricing: SCANZ Members free, students $10, non-members $20

RSVP to scicomnz@gmail.com

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