Chalk Talk Science Project

Turning Discovery into Story

A three-part workshop series on effectively communicating science.

April 11-13, 2018

Dennis F. Mangan, PhD

D. Mangan








Explaining science to others is not easy. It’s hard for most people to understand scientific data, uncertainty, and jargon. A good talk can make you a superstar, while a bad talk can make you a schmuck. Whether you’re talking to colleagues, university officials, the media, funding groups, policymakers, or just family and friends, getting your message across is important and requires advanced communication skills.

In this 3-part workshop series sponsored by the UF Center for Molecular Microbiology, you are going to learn, practice and improve your speaking skills. Your mission is to give outstanding presentations at local, national and international meetings; nail job and media interviews; and, teach more effectively. Good communication promotes science for the good of your personal career, the reputation of your lab, school and university, and all of society.

These highly interactive workshops are free and open to the UF community. All students, staff and faculty, even if you are a seasoned orator, are cordially invited to join us for three afternoons of talking, laughing and improving. Feel free to attend any or all of the workshops … each workshop focuses on a unique aspect of science communication.

Presentation Skills: Talking Your Way to the Top  (Wednesday, April 11, 2:00-4:00pm)

Science Storytelling: Memorable Messages  (Thursday, April 12, 2:00-4:00pm)

Science Advocacy: Dealing with Deniers  (Friday, April 13, 2:00-3:45pm) 

Room CG-11, Communicore Teaching Labs

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Chalk Talk Science Project – Turning Discovery into Story