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Wednesday, November 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
(90 min) Improvisation for Science Communication / Improvisation dans les communications scientifiques

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Organized by:  LitScientist, Alan Shapiro 

Adapting the message to the audience is the single most important skill in communicating science effectively. Typically, scientists and researchers are trained to prepare presentations for colleagues; using the same approach for wider audiences including policymakers, funders, and the public can significantly limit the effectiveness of knowledge mobilization and community engagement efforts. Improvisation offers a wealth of tools and strategies for enhancing presentations and promoting audience engagement. Unlike traditional public speaking approaches, improvisation also supports researchers in responding to unexpected factors, such as challenging questions and unpredictable audiences. In this workshop, participants will work through interactive exercises to develop their communication skills. The workshop centres on individual and group work, and is designed to bring value to participants from both science and policy organizations. The workshop is geared to push participants outside their comfort zones and share concrete strategies that participants can apply for themselves and share within their institutions.

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Mitchell Beer

President of Smarter Shift; Publisher of The Energy Mix
Mitchell Beer is President of Ottawa-based Smarter Shift and Publisher of The Energy Mix a thrice-weekly e-digest on climate change, energy, and post-carbon solutions. He’s also a student at Ottawa’s Improv Embassy and proud member of the Darling Mob Bosses improv team, and declares that improv classes and practices are always the best part of his week. He’s wo... Read More →
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Nikki Berreth

Co-founder, Science Slam; Owner, STEAM Communication
Nikki Berreth is a science communicator and educator living in Vancouver. With a background in science and fine arts as well as formal training in Science Communication, she's always looking for new ways to relay both scientific and technical knowledge to her intended audience. Leveraging... Read More →
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Alan Shapiro

Co-founder and Director of Science Slam Canada, Science Communication Specialist with LitScience
Alan Shapiro is a Vancouver-based environmental professional and science communicator with aparticular interest in engaging the public and policymakers on environmental and water issues. He is Co-founder and Director of Science Slam Canada, a non-profit organization that runs community... Read More →

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Dr. Jeff Dunn

Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Calgary; Graduate Program Director, Cumming School of Medicine
Dr. Jeff Dunn is a Professor of Radiology with a focus on medical imaging and MRI. He is a graduateprogram director in the Cumming School of Medicine and has a broad interest in science communicationHis research has taken him from a PhD in Zoology at the University of British Columbia... Read More →
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Dr. Monica Granados

FQRNT and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Monica Granados is a scientist, science communicator and champion of open science. As a FQRNTand Wildlife Conservation Society Canada postdoctoral fellow, she uses food web theory to monitorchanges in freshwater systems and provide tangible recommendations to decision makers and... Read More →
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María Cortés Puch

Head, National and Regional Networks’ Program for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
María Cortés Puch is the Head of the National and Regional Networks’ Program for the UN SustainableDevelopment Solutions Network (SDSN). Prior to joining the SDSN, she worked for UNESCO in theScience Policy and Sustainable Development Division. Previously, she coordinated the... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Delta Hotel - Joliet-Frontenac