Workshop Scientific Storytelling

For weeks, months, years you work in the lab, you analyze your data and you edit your scientific publication. Then, one day, you are at a university reception. You tell the rector what you do and he responds with “Gosh, interesting. Have you already tasted the bitterballen?” What would happen if you pointed to his wine glass and said: “Let me tell you a story. Look at that glass. That’s like a neural network…”

After this workshop Scientific Storytelling ( you can tell a story to the chairman of the board, to the secretary of state and to the evaluation committee in an interesting and understandable way. The skills are also very useful if you write a grant proposal, give a lecture or talk to journalists.

The workshop combines techniques from improv theatre with science communication. We provide exercises that spark creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, designed for scientists who want to communicate effectively and share engaging scientific stories.

During the workshop, you will learn how to explain a difficult concept to a lay audience, what the ingredients of a good story are and how you can create suspense. In short, you learn to tell, seduce and connect in a fun and playful way.

The trainers

The trainers, David Redeker and Marloes ten Kate, have been sharing scientific stories for years. David writes and advises. Marloes presents, makes videos and works at a speaker’s academy for academics. Both are improvisation actors who know how to tell an exciting story about science. More information:

Some reactions of participants:

”Enthusiasm, active participation. Giving another perspective about how to share science. Made me think creatively about my story. Improves communication skills.”
– Madison Carr, UD and PhD, VU

”Found the course engaging, effective and I felt my confidence boosting. At the end of the course I felt calm and motivated to tell my scientific story.”
– Sophia Bethany Coban, postdoc CWI

”Engaging and fun.”
– Mark Stevens, researcher CWI

“It gave me a structure and ideas about telling a story about my research.”
– Anonymous, researcher at Utrecht University

”Active ways to work on your story, fun and informative exercises. Every scientist should learn how to share their research in an interesting and inspiring way! ”
– Anke Hammerslag, postdoc biological psychology, VU