Verbal, Written and Visual

Science Communication

ARE skillS that ARE fundamental to the future of science
The fundamentals of 

Visual Communication

Visual communication is an intrinsic part of nearly every aspect of science communication. Nevertheless, it is sometimes challenging for authors and scientists to produce the visually compelling graphics and illustrations they need. This is where Scite can help. We can assist you in the development of illustrations, infographics, graphical abstracts, and many other tailor-made solutions to your visual communication needs.

In February 2019 I ran a module with the REALISE program, focussed on utilizing Adobe Illustrator in science to accurately and visually represent science in an easier to understand approach. After the widespread success of this module, it has evolved into a collaboration with the Graduate Science Edutation and MyGradSkills programs at the University of Calgary. The module will be available to all graduate students at the university beginning in the Winter 2020 term.

The fundamentals of 

Verbal Communication

"Science communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life. Scientists must give talks, write papers and proposals, communicate with a variety of audiences, and educate others. Thus to be successful, regardless of field or career path, scientists must learn how to communicate. Moreover, scientists must learn how to communicate effectively. In other words, to be a successful scientist, you must be an effective communicator." - SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Dr. Jeff Dunn, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Students Association, the Canadian Science Writers Association and the Loose Moose Theatre have teamed together to provide training in a skill which will be useful wherever your career takes you. The goal of this project is to improve the science communication skills of graduate students in science fields. We will improve your communication through the art of training in improvisation. Training will help with speech and body awareness. Improvisation will provide life-long skills in communication, in a fun interactive environment.

The training involves six 2hr improvisation workshop sessions led by one of Canada’s top professional improvisation trainers, Dennis Cahill, the Artistic Director from Loose Moose Theatre. Dennis has an international reputation for developing the theatrical style of improvisation. Training involves a lot of moving around (and possibly rolling on the floor!) so dress casually. Be prepared to release your inhibitions!


The fundamentals of 

Written Communication

Science Writers Calgary is a group of graduate and post-graduate researchers at The University of Calgary with a mission to communicate science effectively to the public. If you are interested in a piece and would like to know more, or if you would like to request for a science writer to contribute to your blog or magazine please contact us via the contact page.

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