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The Art and Science of Storytelling in Science Communication

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This event kicks of the Spring/Summer Science Communication Series hosted by the Career and Professional Development Team of OGPS. 

STEM researchers make incredible discoveries, but policy-makers and the public rarely have knowledge or understanding of their work. When communicating with non-scientists or researchers in other fields, narrative techniques can help to engage the audience’s curiosity while highlighting the significance and impact of the research. In this workshop, we will discuss the science of storytelling and strategies for using narrative techniques to communicate science with different audiences.


Zoom info provided with registration.

Check out the entire Science Communication Series:

  • May 20 – The Art and Science of Storytelling in Science Communication
  • June 1 & 8 – Creating Figures and Diagrams in Adobe Illustrator (Two Parts)
  • June 14 & 21 – Best Practices for Manuscript Writing (Two Parts)
  • July 9 – Demystifying Peer Review
  • July 23 – Endnote Basics for Citation Management
  • July 27 – How to Prepare and Give a Good Scientific Presentation
  • August 6 – Learn the Hidden Tools of Microsoft Word to Ease Writing


About the Speaker:

Jessica Hutchins, Ph.D., is the Director of Curriculum and Graduate Programs in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Her work as an educator and curriculum developer aims to empower trainees to apply their transferrable skills to a broad range of careers. She has developed innovative graduate curriculum in science communication, career development, and leadership with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Her article “Tailoring Scientific Communications for Audience and Research Narrative” was published in Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques in 2020. In 2021, Dr. Hutchins and collaborators published the Leadership and Management in Action Program (L-MAP) workbook, an open-access leadership training program for bioscience Ph.D. students and postdocs. She is a committee member, author, and peer editor for the Inside Higher Ed Carpe Careers Blog and has written about science communication for The POSTDOCket, the quarterly newsletter of the National Postdoctoral Association. Dr. Hutchins earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University.


May 20
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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MI United States


OGPS Career & Professional Development