Scientific Storytelling: Pitch your Research to the Public and Scientific Peers

3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2013
5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2013
BU School of Medicine, Room R-115
Contact Name:
Yolanta Kovalko
Description: Communicating the “So What?” of your scientific research is imperative to your success as a scientist. Describing your research in a compelling way to different audiences, from the public to policy-makers to funding agencies and scientific peers, is a skill that can be learned. It will not only encourage others to support science, but will also enrich your own engagement with the questions that drive you. This interactive workshop will provide instruction on how to communicate your scientific research using the structural aspects of a story...the narrative arc. We will cover two innovative formats for scientists: 1.) 2-min. peer-to-peer science pitch and 2.) 30 sec. elevator pitch for the public audience. This interactive workshop will utilize the elements of narrative craft to help you polish your pitches and effectively communicate your research to scientific peers and the public. Speaker Bio: Dr. Rafael Luna is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School investigating the biochemical mechanisms of cancer. Rafael is also the CEO and Founder of Luna Scientific Storytelling, LLC, which promotes the communication of science in a narrative format. Dr. Luna is a dynamic speaker and has given scientific storytelling workshops for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard University. He has also presented to a wide range of scientific audiences from undergraduates to senior faculty members in the U.S. and Europe.