Ben Stutchbury, participant at FameLab North West training day.

Ben Stutchbury, participant at FameLab North West training day.

Science communication as live performance  

With the proliferation of science festivals, science education programmes and the advent of broadcasting live via social media, the importance of live performances has grown considerably. This module develops your presentation skills and introduces a range of formats, from social media content to stand up shows. You will develop the skills to develop, produce, exhibit and distribute accessible performances. This module offers and opportunity to explore production and post-production techniques to integrate compelling props and audio-visual elements.

Lectures and seminars may cover:

  • Science Communication as a Performative Space
  • Science Festivals as Live Experiences with Science
  • Performance for Audio
  • Performing for the Screen
  • Live Performance Through Social Media
  • Creative and Critical Approaches to Evaluating Science Communication

Recommended Reading

  • Anderson, C. (2016). TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Headline
  • AE Lesen, A Rogan, MJ Blum Science Communication Through Art: Objectives, Challenges, and Outcomes, Trends in Ecology & Evolution (2016). Elsevier
  • Medina, J. (2009). Brain Rules. Pear Press Van den Brul, C. (2014). Crackle and Fizz: Essential Communication and Pitching Skills for Scientists. Imperial College Press
  • Baram-Tsabari, A. & BV Lewenstein (2017). Preparing Scientists to Be Science Communicators, Preparing Informal Science Educators, 2017 – Springer
  • Wilkinson, C. & Weitkamp, E. (2016). Creative Research Communication: Theory and Practice, Manchester University Press
  • McGillion, C. & McKinnon, M. (2014). Participatory Theater as a Science Communication Tool in Timor Leste Science Communication