Communicating Science: Programs for Learners, Trainees, and Faculty


IU is a proud affiliate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The Center was created at Stony Brook University in 2009 to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline.  Learn more about why actor Alan Alda created a Center like this.

As a part of IU’s affiliation with the Alda Center, we host a range of instructional programs and courses for faculty and students in science, medicine, and other technical fields. IU’s Alda Center affiliation is managed by a team of local partners including the IUPUI Department of Communication Studies, IU School of Medicine, IUPUI School of Science, and IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.

IU is a part of a growing network of affiliate institutions across the country developing new approaches to helping current and future scientists and physicians develop the skills they need to connect to the public and to one another.

Workshop Series for Faculty, Fellows, Post-Docs, and PhD Students

The three workshop series is designed to help researchers in medicine, the sciences, and other technical fields to communicate their research in a spontaneous and engaging way.  Borrowing techniques from applied improvisational theater and communication studies, participants will learn skills to find common ground with an audience, speak at different levels of complexity for different audiences, and answer questions about their work.

Graduate Minor in Communicating Science

Beginning in Fall, 2017, IU graduate students in the biomedical sciences and health professions will be able to pursue a graduate minor in Communicating Science.  The minor is a partnership with the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Presentations and Program Research

Recently, we’ve presented at the following programs on campus:

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