Everything you don´t learn in the lab

Storytelling for scientists

Topic area
Science communication

Format
Online or in-house workshop

Workload
4 webinars of 2-2.5 h each = 2 workshop days

Trainer
Karin Bodewits, Marloes ten Kate

Target group
All (PhD students to professors)

Description

We all enjoy a good story, whether it’s during a presentation, a job interview, a conference coffee break, or simply during a pub night. Why? It activates the same areas of our brain that would be activated during the actual event. Consequently, audiences feel so much more engaged when they hear a narrative about your real-life experiences as a researcher or how you finally chased that superbug down. Much more than if you monotonously talk them through a list of bullet points on a PowerPoint slide. But to be understood when talking about one’s own research work, let alone to speak about yourself, is not easy for many researchers. During this seminar, you learn to enchant a wide range of audiences with science stories and to captivate a lay audience with complex research results. Because… speaking science can be magical!

 

In this course you´ll learn about:

 

The power of storytelling

  • Why do we need story?
  • When to use story?
  • What we can learn from TED talks
  • Explain science through story

 

Storylines

  • Using the ABT model
  • Why stories need conflict

 

Types of stories

  • From mystery to comedy

 

1 sentence and 1 paragraph stories

  • Your key message

 

5 steps to crafting a narrative

  • Planning a narrative
  • Characters in your story
  • Write an outline
  • Craft the story´s body
  • Adapt the story to your audience

 

Using story at/ in/ for:

  • Networking events
  • Scientific presentations
  • Publications/ thesis
  • Science festivals
  • Pint of science/ science slams/ storytelling shows

All participants receive a script of the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course. 

This online course can be followed up by a lively (online) evening programme (e.g. at a retreat) with personal- or science story contributions from all course participants. The evening programme will be moderated by us with humour and absurdity.

 

Interested to read more about this topic? You might like Karin´s article in Science Careers: Share your science with a story.

Course Flow Online Workshops

Day1

Live Webinar

  • Kick off
  • What is storytelling?
  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 2

Live Webinar

  • How do stories work?
  • Best practice examples

 

  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Day 3

Live Webinar

  • Crafting your narrative
  • Group work

 

  • Submission of your 3-5 minute science story/ narrative
Day 4

Live Webinar

  • Debriefing and feedback

 

  • Individual and group course work (online and offline)
Weeks 2-3
Individual written or oral feedback from the instructor
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