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Career Catalyst: Science Communication Workshop
Saturday, 20 April 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (NZST)
Auckland, New Zealand
Science Communication Workshop
Communication skills for science graduates
20th April 2013
We are a story telling species. Learning how to communicate complex ideas using narrative techniques, creative tools and audience focus will revolutionise the way in which you connect your ideas to the world. This workshop has been specifically designed for emerging scientists. It will take you through the key principles and techniques for effectively communicating complex concepts with a target audience. Whatever career path you take, communication skills will be key to your success.
Workshop topics include:
Science Communication Context
- Audience Focus – how to identify your target audience and tailor your communication to their needs.
- Key Messages – How to identify and simplify your key messages
Science Communication Tools
- Metaphors, Analogies and Personification – how to explain complex concepts in creative ways.
- Stories – learn the basics of narrative structure and how to craft a compelling story about a science topic.
- Emotion – how to use emotion to connect with and motivate your audience
If you have a science communication project that you’re working on or a competition that you intend to enter then bring your ideas along. There will be an opportunity to work on your project, brainstorm with others and receive feedback. We will be using the Comvita Science Challenge as a focus for some of the exercises and encourage participants to enter this exciting science communication competition.
Morning tea and lunch provided.
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Chiasma is New Zealand's premier student-led organisation that fosters connections between science and business, connecting university students to high-tech industries. Chiasma addresses New Zealand’s need for business savvy, innovative and professionally developed scientists - creating our knowledge-based economy's next generation of leaders.
The goal of Chiasma is to encourage innovation in the field of biotechnology and create links and networks between the University's biotech community and the New Zealand biotech sector; thus strengthening New Zealand's future prosperity through the growth of a knowledge-based economy.