Communicating Science Workshop May 2020

The Emory Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing will host the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science for a two-day workshop for Emory faculty in STEM fields on May 13-14, 2020. 

Emory faculty university-wide in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Friday, January 31, 2020.

On day one of this two-day workshop, Alda Center instructors will guide participants through improvisation exercises to help them become more aware of connecting and engaging with various audiences. Participants will notice a transformation in the way they approach communication, relating to others in a more empathic way. This is the basis for good communication, and the fundamental approach for the Alda Method™.

The second day of training will allow participants time to reflect upon lessons learned from improvisation exercises and begin to apply new skills to refine and practice presenting their work in a new and more engaging way. 

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University advances science and medicine through training in clear and vivid communication. They envision a world that recognizes the wonder and value of science. They value authenticity, honesty, integrity, collaboration, continuous improvement, and commitment to excellence. 

During his 11 years hosting the PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers, Alan Alda realized that the conversational approach he took in interviewing scientists led to a surprisingly spontaneous and vivid presentation of their work. Using improvisational techniques he had learned in 50 years of acting on stage on on-screen, Alda devised The Alda Method™. Since 2009, the Alda Center has used this training methodology to improve the communication skills of thousands of scientists and health professionals throughout the world.

For more information, please contact Allison Adams, associate director for research and scholarly writing, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence,

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