Science Through Story: Inclusive Science Storytelling

Communicating science to the public is an essential skill, and storytelling is fundamental to it. But science storytelling only works if we carefully consider the cultures and experiences of our target audiences. In this 1 hour interactive workshop, we will explore how to engage diverse audiences with technical topics using multicontextual communication and storytelling strategies.

To participate in this workshop, please bring a notebook and pen and/or a phone, tablet, or laptop to access worksheets and resources through URLs or QR codes. 

Sara ElShafie Presenter Biography

Sara ElShafie is a global change biologist and science storytelling coach. She collaborates with artists in a wide range of industries to uncover the potential of storytelling to engage broad audiences with complex topics. ElShafie is the Founder and Principal of Science Through Story, LLC, dedicated to helping scientists and science educators connect with audiences through effective storytelling. She offers workshops and coaching for audiences ranging from graduate students to NASA scientists to theme park executives. She also organized a symposium, Science Through Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences, with speakers from the scientific community as well as arts and entertainment industries, and curated a resulting published volume of open access papers. ElShafie holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago and a M.S. in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She completed her doctoral research in Integrative Biology with the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley, and will receive her Ph.D. in May 2022.

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