The Art of Talking Science: Plenary Session


Thursday, November 29, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


NRB350, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston

Are you interested in improving your science communication skills using a method developed by Alan Alda (yes, from M*A*S*H)? The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science uses improvisation-based techniques to train science professionals to communicate about science.

This interactive session introduces participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non-scientists, about what you do and why it matters. The session consists of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to your audience. The plenary will address problems and solutions in public interactions as well as peer-to-peer communication. Participants will be actively engaged in improvisation exercises and will practice clarity in speaking to non-scientists about their work.

This event is open to the Harvard community and is co-sponsored by Science in the News: A Student Organization at Harvard GSAS, the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science, and the Harvard FAS Office of Career Services.