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Learn to Tell Your Science Story

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The Leakey Foundation is offering a free online “Science Through Story” workshop to help Leakey Foundation grantees tell compelling stories about their research. This workshop will be held at 10 am Pacific on February 27, 2020.

Drawing inspiration from creative processes used in the film industry, this free online workshop for Leakey Foundation grantees will offer tools to help researchers share specialized content with the public in any context through effective storytelling and captivating visuals.

This webinar will prepare participants to develop their own stories about their scientific research and fieldwork. Participants will leave the webinar with an outline for a future Leakey Foundation blog post or other written piece, as well as a conceptual framework for future storytelling opportunities.

Sara ElShafie with workshop participants at UC Berkeley. Photo courtesy of Helina Chin, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology.

“Science Through Story” will be led by Sara ElShafie, a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research, based at the UC Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley, investigates climate change impacts on animal communities over time. She developed her science communication workshops in conjunction with storytelling experts from Pixar. She has led workshops at university campuses, museums, zoos, and conference venues across the continent over the last several years.

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  1. Laura Carpenter says:

    I was twelve years old when I was being wheeled into the operating room to correct a birth defect. It was still dark early in the morning that my parents where at home with my other siblings. I was frightened and alone. A surgical nurse by my side spoke with me as I was being wheeled into the operating room She ask me what I was interested in. I told her archeology. She then proceeded to tell me that she assisted Dr Leakey when they discover Lucy. I was beside myself. We only had a moment left before I was unconscious . She said to me would you like me to write it down so you don’t forget. I nodded my head yes, as tears weld up in my eyes. It was a moment I will never forget. My fear disappeared, my thoughts were swirling around what she had told me. Now that I’m 57 years old, for that brief moment I had this amazing connection to this nurse and the scientist Dr Leakey. I felt like I had this connection to one of the most amazing discovery’s of my day. Although I when on to college to study Physics. I’m still drawn to the study of human and biological evolution. I will never forget my connection to one of the most amazing discoveries in human evolution.

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