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Live Online Course – 1st Edition


November 7th-28th, 2023

Live sessions will be recorded

Course Communicating science through powerful stories: the art of storytelling


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Course overview

We have evolved as social mammals with spoken language, and stories appeal to our feelings, which in turn help us to learn. In this course, we will touch upon different aspects of constructing and presenting science through storytelling.

Module I: Story content

We will explore how the brains of most people are wired to pay more attention to stories than facts. We will learn how much new information we can retain, and the trade-off between explaining everything and sacrificing part of the information for the sake of our audience’s understanding. Finally, we will practice how to identify and extract the key points from our research that we want to convey, and how to transform them into a meaningful story, adjusting it to the level of our audience.

Module II: Written stories

We will practice how to compose a clear and captivating story based on our research, that is addressed to a broad scientific audience. We will practice on how to write an abstract that captures the interest of, and is accessible to the scientific community within and outside our field. Then, we will concentrate on how to turn this abstract into a concise article that tells the same story in more detail, paying particular attention to the appropriate level of information.

Module III: Visual stories

In this part of the course, we will learn how to create an effective visual story of our research that is addressed to both scientists and the wider public. We will look at applications and examples of visual communication of science and at how to plan your visual story, focusing on how to successfully deliver our story, considering our audience. We will also briefly touch upon some basic graphic design principles and their application in scientific communication.

Module IV: Putting you in your story

In this part of the course, we will focus on including ourselves in our storytelling. We will explore who we are as storytellers and how we can create more impactful stories by adding a personal touch.

This course will be particularly useful for early-career scientists that are not very familiar with presenting their research findings to a scientific or wider audience. However, it is open to all scientists that wish to practice scientific storytelling.

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and extract key points from your research
  • Construct an approachable overview of your research
  • Make decisions on the level of detail of your story, depending on target audience
  • Create an effective visual story of your research
  • Add a personal touch to your story

Participants are expected to be involved in an ongoing research project that they will practice storytelling on. If this is not the case for you but you would like to take this course, please contact the course coordinators.

All participants must have a personal computer (Windows, Macintosh), with webcam and microphone, and a good internet connection.


Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science

Haris Saslis instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Cirenia Arias Baldrich instructor for Transmitting Science
Sergio Almécija instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Sergio Almécija
American Museum of Natural History

Dates & Schedule

November 7th-28th, 2023

14:00-18:00 (Madrid time zone)

Four online live sessions on Tuesdays, 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th of November

Total course hours: 24

16 hours of online live lessons, plus 8 hours of independent assignments

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.



This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.


Places are limited to 10 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end.

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science

Haris Saslis instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Fees & Discounts

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until October 31st, 2023):
  • 296 € (236.80 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after October 31st, 2023):
  • 370 € (296 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Prices include VAT.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance on the course.
    Payment is not required during registration.

We offer discounts on the Course Fee.

Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.

We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.

Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.

20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.