Unlock your science writing and presentation skills with the All Stars in science
A digital science communications program. Learn from the best! Science All Stars from around the world have come together to help you level up your science writing and presentation skills with a dose of creativity.
Thu, April 22, 2021
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (MST)
Fri, April 23, 2021
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (MST)
Sat, April 24, 2021
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (MST)
FREE! This program is being offered for free for the first time in response to the community need for science communications. Valued at $3000.
Professionals working in science fields, science museums, or individuals looking to take their science communicating skills on a quantum leap.
To meet this need and blow open access, a group of leading science communications trainers and have come together to offer a free 2.5-day intensive.
The only commitment — is to care! This online program is immersive. Which means, you are expected to take part in the full program, and build a network in the process.
Whether you're a scientist or a communicator, this science communications program will help you engage new audiences through proven processes. We are as empirical about communications as we are about science – with a huge dose of creativity added to the mix. For the first time, the program will be offered free of charge and digitally on Zoom. Clear your calendar! Space is limited for this immersive program.
As a participant, you will:
Built on the Best of Banff
Spark's science communications program is built on years of experience with the renowned Banff Science Communications Program and some of the world's leading science communicators.
“I feel inspired and like my eyes have been opened to opportunities I didn't realize were out there.”Former Participant of the Banff Science Communications Program
“This program has been two of the best weeks of my life. Not only has it changed how I will communicate science and opened me up to many more experiences, it has also changed my everyday life. I cannot speak highly enough of this program.”Former Participant of the Banff Science Communications Program
“It has been an incredible experience. I have a much better sense of what my strengths are as a communicator of science.”Former Participant of the Banff Science Communications Program
“I loved the program. Not to be hyperbolic but I have been singing praises since I got back. It was very creative and I left with lots to think about.”Former Participant of the Banff Science Communications Program
“My Sci Comm experience is a mixture of awe-inspiring views of the mountains, combined with adrenaline-pulsing improvisational performance challenges. Back in my office now, I feel like the weekend-long program was transformational in some way that I don't believe has sunk in quite yet.”Former Participant of the Banff Science Communications Program
Blaise Pascal famously said, "I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one instead.” In this session, participants prepare a one-minute (in other words, short!) “uber pitch” and then edit/practice in groups of three before presenting it to the toughest audience in the world – a camera!
Personalizing the Impersonal
Science communication often focuses primarily on getting the science right. At its best it is powerful storytelling, with all of the profound and personal connections that make for great stories. This session encourages participants to ask why science matters to them, or, for that matter, to anyone else? Participants reveal something about themselves by personalizing their communication style.
The day warms up with a freestyle debate on “would you rather” questions. This opening exercise is designed to set the foundation for effective science communications. Which is not about science. Well, it is all about the science by design, but it cannot be about the science at first. People are busy and they have other things to do. Why will they want to engage with you? You need to meet them where they are. And with respect. And, often, entertainment.
Many science writers are asked to speak publicly and take their work to the stage. Here’s your chance to prepare! Except there is no need to prepare – it’s improv night. Inhibitions are kindly asked to leave the room.