Scientific storytelling

For weeks, months, years you work in the lab, you analyze your data and you edit your scientific publications. Then, one day, you are at a university reception. You tell the rector what you do and he responds with "Gosh, interesting. Have you already tasted the bitterballen?" What would happen if you pointed to his wine glass and said: "Let me tell you a story. Look at that glass. That's like a neural network…"

Why storytelling?
Stories are the ideal way to transfer information. The human brain is, in a way, pre-programmed for stories. Are you curious about how your scientific story can be more exciting? Join a Scientific storytelling workshop!

Workshop

After this workshop you can tell a captivating story to the chairman of the board, to the secretary of state and to the evaluation committee. The skills are also very useful if you write a grant proposal, give a lecture or talk to journalists.

Workshop for researchers and science communicators
The workshop is aimed at researchers and science communicators who seek creative angles, who want to tell better stories and who want to seduce, inspire and engage. Do you also want to examine your story with a creative eye? Do you want to come up with fantastic ideas? Do you want to get insights in what makes your research so exciting? Then this workshop is for you!

Improv theater combined with science communication
The workshop combines techniques from theater sports with science communication. Theater sports is a form of improvisation theater where actors play a story with suggestions from the audience. During the workshop you learn by trial and error how you can smartly associate, what the ingredients are of a good story are and how you can create a tension arch. You will discover creative angles while telling about research.

Embrace the unexpected
Besides that you learn to use the unexpected in a way that serves your story. This is useful, for example, if a journalist asks a question that you are not prepared for. In short, with the workshop Scientific storytelling you learn to tell, inspire and engage in a pleasant and playful way.

About the trainers

David Redeker and Marloes ten Kate have told stories about science for years. David writes and advises. Marloes presents and makes video and TV. Both are improvisation actors who know how to tell an exciting story about science.