Storytelling and Storyboarding Science at the Zurich Film Festival

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Dates 26 - 28 September 2022, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

“Great stories happen to those who can tell them”
― Ira Glass
We seek to challenge, inspire and train scientists to use narrative techniques and strategies employed in film to produce persuasive presentations and publications. Discovering and learning about filmmakers communication strategies and techniques and applying them in science communication will help scientists for better communication of their research, and scientists are wise enough to do so!


I. Theory
• Scientists learn storytelling and storyboarding from the masters of narrative, ‘the filmmakers’.
• Scientists learn how to borrow communication strategies and techniques from filmmakers and
how to apply them in communicating their science. This will help them to engage audience (both peer-scientists and general public) and increase uptake by incorporating narrative attributes into their teaching, divulgations and publications.

II. Practice
• Scientists re-write their biographies and abstracts by using narrative attributes used by filmmakers.
• Scientists attend part of the Zurich Film Festival 2022. Which is a great opportunity for them to meet professional filmmakers and discuss with them storytelling techniques that they can use in communicating their research.
• Eventually, scientists can prepare films about their interviews with the filmmakers.


Films: Zurich Film Festival
Theory: The University of Zurich and/or ETH-Zurich

Instructors   Dr. Samer Angelone
Location tba
ECTS 1.0
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