The University Speaking Center in collaboration with the Departments of Biology and Communication Studies offer hands-on workshops on Scientific Communication. The goal of these programs is to help scientists and students of science communicate better among themselves, with policy makers, and with the general public.
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Improving Scientific Communication: Crafting Your Message
We live in a post-truth world, a world where truth is not just relative but manufactured to serve political ends. How can we as scientists, as people who believe that our knowledge has been hard-won and is closer to the truth than any other, convey this truth to others in a post-truth world? We will use traditional storytelling techniques to address this question and improve our presentations. After a brief introduction, participants will have the opportunity to work on their presentation, present an abbreviated version, and receive feedback. This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring your computer and the PowerPoint slides for your conference talk to the workshop. In addition to preparing your slides, think about what single image would convey the essence of what you want your audience to take away from your talk. Please also bring copies of two papers that you have read, in your discipline. They should be original papers, not reviews. We will use these in one of the exercises.
The all day workshop will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on the UNCG campus.
Register at this link: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign
The workshop is open to any scientist or science student, and is free. Free parking will be available. The number of seats in the workshop is limited.
Communicating Science Monday, February 20 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bruce Kirchoff is a Professor of Biology at UNCG. He has won multiple teaching awards and has studied scientific communication at the Alan Alda Center for Scientific Communication, and storytelling with NC storyteller Louise Kessel.
Kimberly M. Cuny, MFA, is the Director of the University Speaking Center at UNCG. She holds appointments in UNCG’s Communication Studies and Theater Departments where she is a North Carolina Theatre for Young People teaching artist.