Science Communication Workshop


Students are invited to apply for a 2-day science communication workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  The workshop will be led by Scientist-turned-Filmmaker Dr. Randy Olson, author of the book "Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style". For more details, see Randy’s blog, The Benshi.

Have trouble explaining your research to your friends and family?

Get bogged down in jargon when talking science?

Dread the thought of talking to a reporter about your work?

When is the workshop?

What does the workshop involve?

Who is eligible?

What qualifications are needed?

How do I apply?

Please fill out an application form by October 31, 2012.  If you have questions or  technical difficulties, please email Randall at rhughes[at]

The workshop will take place on December 11-12, 2012, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm each day, at the WFSU studio (1600 Red Barber Plaza, Tallahassee, FL).

The workshop will focus on enhancing science communication skills through the art of storytelling. Dr. Olson will work with 10-12 students before and during the 2-day workshop to develop and improve their “stories”.  Students will also have an opportunity to continue developing their communication skills with Dr. Randall Hughes and Dr. David Kimbro through their Connecting Researchers with Public Audiences grant from the National Science Foundation. (See their research blog with WFSU.)

Students with an interest in science communication are eligible for the workshop.  Preference will be given to graduate students.  Minority and female students are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be graduate, postgraduate, or undergraduate students with a strong interest in developing their science communication skills. No prior training is necessary.