“Improv for Scientists” Workshop Recap

Last week SPEaC held the second installment in our series of workshops: “Improvisation for Scientists”. This workshop series aims to help graduate students and postdocs improve their communication skills through fun and interactive improv-style games and activities. The focus of this workshop was to help our trainees recognize and eliminate complex scientific jargon and instead communicate in relatable stories and analogies. Continue reading

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Improve your elevator pitch with improvisation

Last month SPEaC held the first of our new quarterly series of workshops: “Improvisation for Scientists.” The goal of the workshop series is to help graduate students and postdocs improve their communication skills through improv-style games and activities. Improv can help make trainees more effective science communicators through emphasizing the importance of listening and engaging with their audience. Continue reading

Science Communication is the Solution

As scientists we are all too familiar with the response from many non-scientists when we say, “Oh, I am a Molecular Biologist [or insert field of study here].” They are often visibly taken aback, as if recognizing that we are untouchable in some way and they fear they’ve gotten too close. I’ve even seen family members quickly scurry away as they apologetically insist they “don’t understand science” and don’t want to engage in further conversation. The stereotype of scientists isolated in their ivory tower is hard to overcome when there is a fundamental lack of discourse between scientists and the non-scientific public. Continue reading