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Storytelling & Storyboarding Science

Organisers: Swiss Academy of Sciences, Universities of Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg & Neuchatel and ETH Zurich 

Partner: Locarno Film Festival

Trainer: Dr. Samer Angelone MORE INFORMATION

Links to the workshops Storytelling & Storyboarding Science

Zurich Film Festival 2020 2021 2022

Locarno Film Festival 2018 2019 2020 2021  2022

World Biodiversity Forum 2020

University of Geneva 2020 2021 2022

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) 2020

University of Zurich & ETH Zurich (Didactica Programme) 2018 

Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg & Neuchatel (CUSO)  2018  2019 2020 2021  2022

Workshop Description

There have been great scientists that dropped out of school, but there have been no great scientists that did not tell stories!

We seek to challenge, inspire and train scientists to use narrative techniques and strategies employed in film to produce persuasive presentations and publications. Borrowing communication strategies and techniques from filmmakers and applying them in science communication will help scientists for better communication of their research, and scientists are wise enough to do so! 

Program Information

I. Theory:

  • Scientists learn storytelling and storyboarding from the masters of narrative, ‘the filmmakers’.

  • Scientists learn how to borrow communication strategies and techniques from filmmakers and how to apply them in communicating their science. This will help them to engage audience and increase uptake by incorporating narrative attributes into their teaching, divulgations and publications.

II. Practice:

  • Scientists re-write their biographies, abstracts and presentations by using narrative attributes used by filmmakers

  • Scientists attend the Locarno Film Festival 2019 (the 72 edition!). Which is a great opportunity for them to meet professional filmmakers and discuss with them storytelling technics that they can use in communicating their research 

  • Eventually, scientists can prepare films about their interviews with the filmmakers

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