Course for Scientists for Effective and Engaging Scientific Communication Practices

Scientists need to communicate

The art of communication is often overlooked in a Scientist career, but it is becoming increasingly important that Scientists learn to communicate at different levels. Telling a story is a powerful way to explain and interest people and there are proven techniques that can help.

H. Adam Steinberg is a former scientist/illustrator at the UW-Madison Biochemistry department that is now part of a team hat offer a communication course for Scientists. The course it provided online by Zoom:

2022 Summer Zoom Course: Effective and Engaging Scientific Communication Practices

Here are details from the course page:

Effective and Engaging Scientific Communication Practices

Scientists’ ability to secure funding, work with collaborators, influence policy and educate both their peers and the public depends on their ability to communicate their work in ways that are both effective and engaging. This short course teaches two powerful tools that will help them do that. The first, Storyform, is a method that uses the principles of story to design engaging presentations. The second, integrated visualization, employs artist’s techniques to increase audience understanding. Course participants learn these tools by using them in the creation of three research communication products: a 3-min lightening talk, an infographic, and a 10-min talk with slides.

The course is delivered through on Zoom via short lectures, large group discussions, and small group breakout sessions for presentation and critique. Topics for each of the 6 weeks are shown below; each session will run approximately 3 hours. Instructors will also be available to participants via email during the course.

The 2022 Summer Course will take place at 1-4pm from July 6th – August 10th, 2022.

The course will help participants to create a 3-min talk,  a 10-min talk, and will details the creation of Infographics.

See Effective and Engaging Scientific Communication Practices to register. The 6-week course has a participation fee of $600.