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Center for Communicating Science - teal and orange logo

Center for Communicating Science - teal and orange logo

Center for Communicating Science - teal and orange logo
   

Applying collaboration & arts practices to help scientists and others learn to tell their stories and connect across differences

At Virginia Tech's Center for Communicating Science, we create and support experiences for scientists, engineers, scholars, and health professionals to build muscles of connection, communication, and collaboration. What  sets us apart from other approaches and makes our work effective is that we use the powerful tools of the arts, including embodied learning, deep listening, improvisation, role play, and storytelling.

We believe in the power of play, and we believe that we learn through experience and by reflecting on our experiences.

     

We aim to help researchers make their communication more personal, direct, spontaneous, and responsive.

Communicating Science Mission Words: Personal

Communicating Science Mission Words: Personal

Build trust and learn through connection and engagement. Share stories, values, and emotions.

Communicating Science Mission Words: Direct

Communicating Science Mission Words: Direct

Drop your field-specific jargon; avoid acronyms; find a language in common with your audience.

Communicating Science Mission Words: Spontaneous

Communicating Science Mission Words: Spontaneous

Learn relaxation and rehearsal techniques to build confidence in your ability to explain your research. 

Communicating Science Mission Words: Responsive

Communicating Science Mission Words: Responsive

Who is your audience? What do they need? What can you learn from them? How do you connect?

     

Please Join Us for Communicating Science Week, March 16-23!

Virginia Tech’s Center for Communicating Science celebrates its 5th anniversary in March, and our celebration includes a week’s worth of exhibitions, talks, workshops, and more. Please mark your calendars for March 16 through 23 and join us at one or all of the slate of activities we have planned for Communicating Science Week. Scholar and author Dr. Elin Kelsey's keynote address at the Moss Arts Center March 18, "Hope Matters: Why Overcoming Doom and Gloom is Essential to Achieving Climate Justice,"  will be a highlight of the week. You also won't want to miss

  • the Nutshell Games March 19
  • a March 16 talk by interdisciplinary artist Meredith Drum on her creation of the augmented reality app "Oyster City"
  • SciArt collaboration talks and exhibits throughout the week
  • a science-and-art storytime for children at Blacksburg's public library
  • our special edition of Science on Tap March 23

and much more. In fact, the week is now officially longer than a week! You'll find all events listed below in chronological order, and there’s room for more. If you have an event scheduled for that week that relates in any way to communicating science, let us know and we’ll be glad to add it to our list. Please join us where and when you can!

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February 23: Science on Tap, 5:30 p.m., “So a virus walks into a bar…” with Dr. Andrea Bertke. Join us for an interactive evening discussing coronavirus, herpes, food, drinks, and more! Come hungry--the Rising Silo menu will feature themed food items that are relevant to the talk. Please check back here or on the Science on Tap NRV Facebook page for possible pandemic-related updates about venue.

Rising Silo, 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg. 

March 16-23: Communicating Science Week. We're very excited about all that's in the works for this action-packed week! Keynote speaker Dr. Elin Kelsey's March 18 talk "Hope Matters: Why Overcoming Doom and Gloom is Essential to Achieving Climate Justice" is a highlight of the week.  We'll also be holding the Nutshell Games March 19, a March 16 presentation about the augmented reality tour "Oyster City," ComSciCon-VA Tech March 18-19, exhibits and performances related to SciArt collaborations all week, a March 19 storytime for children, a very special Science on Tap March 23, and lots more. Click here for details!

Here's some of what we've been up to recently:

1/26/2022 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Dr. Ralph Hall and Steven T. Licardi: Exploring Community Wealth Building Through Performance Art)

12/1/2021 Introduction to Communicating Science workshop for Virginia Tech juniors and seniors in the course Cognitive Neuroscience

11/17/2021 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Korin Jones: Frog Microbiomes; Erin Ling: Blacksburg's 16 Frogs Project)

11/5/2021 Flip the Fair! Shaping Your Research for Children workshop

11/3/2021 Widening Inclusivity in the (Geo)Sciences presentation (Girls Launch! Providing Female Scientist Role Models to Early Elementary Children)

10/27/2021 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Amber Wendler and Marissa Langager: Bird Where You Live)

9/27/2021 University of Maine, Maine e-DNA, Communicating Science Symposium

9/27/2021 Introduction to Communicating Science workshop for the Preparing the Future Professoriate course

9/22/2021 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Shannon Bell, Christine Labuski, and Cara Daggett: Energy Justice: Why Solar Panels Aren't Enough)

9/10/2021 ICAT Play Date (Girls Launch! A Pandemic Response to Providing Female Scientist Role Models to Children)

9/3/2021 Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (Introduction to Improvisation for Scientists)

9/1/2021 Virginia/Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Topics in Human-Animal Interaction (Describing Basic Procedures, an Interactive Communication Workshop)

8/25/2021 Fralin Life Sciences Institute Communications, Marketing, & Branding Seminar

8/25/2021 Science on Tap, Kristin Rose Jutras: The Poetry of Science Communications

7/19/2021 - 8/13/2021 German Fulbright Summer Institute 2021, “Communicating Across Disciplines: New Approaches for Applied Sciences” 

7/28/2021 Science on Tap, Emmanuel Frimpong and Hiromi Okumura: The Art and Science of Stream Biodiversity

6/24/2021 Science on Tap, Abby Lewis: Oxygen: Stories of Fire, Beer, and the Guillotine

5/17/2021 SciArts Collaboration Incubator 

5/14/2021 Institute of Food Technologists (Effective Strategies to Communicate Science, an Interactive Workshop)

5/4/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Make It Memorable's Hands-on PowerPoint: Learn How to Turn Theory into Practice)

4/29/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Make It Memorable’s Decoding Slide Design: Using Science and Art to Make Powerful Visuals)

4/27/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Make It Memorable’s Rethinking Presentations: Memorable and Influential Presentations)

4/22/2021 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Sweta Baniya, Minh Duong, Sara Richards, Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Khanh To, Na Xie: Asian & Pacific Islander in Academia: Research Stories and Successes)

4/22/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (The Story Collider's Crafting a Story of Your Research, Part 2)

4/20/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (The Story Collider's Crafting a Story of Your Research, Part 1)

4/15/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (The Story Collider’s Crafting Your Personal Science Story, Part 2) 

4/13/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (The Story Collider’s Crafting Your Personal Science Story, Part 1) 

4/1/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (The Story Collider’s Introduction to Storytelling for Scientists) 

3/31/2021 Orion Living-Learning Program First-Year Students (Communicating Science workshop)

3/30/2021 Orion Living-Learning Program First-Year Students (Communicating Science workshop) 

3/30/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (The Story Collider’s Introduction to Storytelling for Scientists) 

3/25/2021 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Bruce Hull: Leading From Where You Are: Sustaining Hope for a Sustainable Future)

3/25/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Open Sessions for Practice Communicating)

3/23/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Open Sessions for Practice Communicating)

3/18/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Making Your Research Understandable: Bridging the Gap)

3/16/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Effective Presentations: Building Confidence and Personal Presence)

3/11/2021 Virginia Tech Roanoke Center (Connecting Across Difference: Skills for Effective Communication in Person and Online)

3/4/2021 Virginia Tech Roanoke Center (Connecting Across Difference: Skills for Effective Communication in Person and Online)

3/4/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Learning to Listen: Connecting with Audiences and Collaborators)

3/2/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Make It Memorable’s Presenting Better Virtually: Engage Your Audience in a Virtual Setting)

2/25/2021 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Bennett Grooms: A New Age of Conservation: Helping Wildlife by Understanding People)

2/25/2021 Virginia Tech Roanoke Center (Connecting Across Difference: Skills for Effective Communication in Person and Online)

2/18/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Distilling Your Message: Succinct and Compelling Interactions)

2/16/2021 Pinch-of-Practice Workshop (Distilling Your Message: Succinct and Compelling Interactions)

1/28/2021 Science on Tap, New River Valley (Daniel Bird Tobin: Embodying Emotional Connections to Science Through Theatre)

1/27/2021 Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Graduate Student Association (Communicating Your Research Online. . .Is Like Making Your Own Hollywood Blockbuster!)

1/14/2021 Women and Gender in Development Conference (Preparatory workshop: Communicating Your Research)

     

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    Center for Communicating Science - teal and orange logo

    Center for Communicating Science - teal and orange logo

    Center for Communicating Science
    230 Grove Lane
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    (Campus mail code: 0555)

    Director Patty Raun
    praun@vt.edu

    Associate Director Carrie Kroehler
    cjkroehl@vt.edu