BERN, SWITZERLAND

Designed for...

…medicine and health science researchers and clinicians and others who want to learn to tell their scientific stories in a memorable and compelling fashion to editors, colleagues, the press, or the public.

Duration

3-6 hours

The course is shorter when delivered as a lecture and longer when I coach students through the process of telling their own scientific narratives.

Cost

My standard rate for teaching is 1530 CHF/Euro per day, or 1000 CHF/Euro per half-day. A full day of teaching includes 6 hours of teaching in the classroom, excluding breaks (e.g., coffee, lunch). For work outside Switzerland, clients also pay travel expenses.

This course can be mixed and matched with any other introductory course or elective to create a full-day or multi-day program.

Storytelling may be the world’s oldest artistic and educational practice.  Though stories differ from culture to culture, most human knowledge, throughout history, has been transmitted as a story. Framing your research as a narrative will make it more memorable, interesting, and understandable for expert and lay readers alike. This course teaches the narrative principles of scientific storytelling, describes the narrative function of the Introduction and Discussion sections within the IMRaD format, and also explains how to avoid narrative and rhetorical pitfalls like fallacies and weak arguments. Researchers who complete this course will be more engaging writers and speakers and will also become more skilled at focusing media representatives on the most important part of their scientific story. 

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