Communicating Science Session 1: Connecting with your Audience

Thursday, May 31 2018 @ 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Glick Eye Institute (GK) ,103

Presenter(s): Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, PhD and Jason Organ, PhD
Audience: Faculty and Learners


Back by popular demand! This three-session series is designed to train participants to communicate complex scientific topics more effectively to non-experts like patients, learners, lawmakers, and funders. This program is free and open to all IUSM and IUPUI faculty and graduate students.

The Communicating Science program is part of IU’s affiliation with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in partnership with the IU School of Medicine, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, IUPUI Department of Communication Studies, and the IUPUI School of Science.

All participants are asked to commit to the entire three workshop series, as each session builds upon the previous. The cohort will meet on May 31, June 7, and June 13. Please note, if you register for this event, you will be registered for all three sessions.

Session 1: May 31, 4:00pm-6:00pm: Connecting With Your Audience

Session one is designed to train learners to speak about their work effectively and responsively with multiple audiences, from peers and professors to family members and policymakers. The exercises, borrowed from improvisational theater, help learners practice connecting with an audience, paying dynamic attention to others, reading nonverbal cues, and responding to questions appropriately.

Session 2: June 7, 4:00pm-6:00pm: Distilling Your Message

Session two introduces principles of clear communication and features experiential exercises through which learners practice speaking clearly and vividly about science in ways lay audiences can understand and appreciate. Learners practice defining their communication goals, identifying main points, explaining meaning and context, responding to questions, and using storytelling techniques to enliven messages.

Session 3: June 13, 4:00pm-6:00pm: Media Training for Scientists and Physicians

In the third session, learners will practice the skills they learned in the previous sessions during a taped on-camera interviews with a journalist. Participants will practice planning, developing, and delivering an engaging message about complex topics in an unscripted format. They will work to answer explain their research and questions in a succinct format, when working with varied kinds of media and audiences.

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development . If you have questions about this event please contact the office at (317) 278-3089 or by email at