Science Communication Workshop Series presented by CDLS Scientific Storytelling Workshop


CDLS Science Communication Workshop Series: Scientific Storytelling

A workshop on scientific storytelling with Brian Brophy, a story coach for scientists at Caltech and JPL.

As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering inclusive and impactful science communication, the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science (CDLS) at UCLA is thrilled to invite you to a series of workshops aimed to empower you with effective communication skills to convey your work to diverse audiences. The first of these workshops will take place on February 15, 2024 at 3pm-6pm PST and will focus on scientific storytelling with esteemed guest speaker, Brian Brophy, a story coach for scientists at Caltech and JPL.

We believe that storytelling is a powerful tool for driving positive change and enhancing the impact of scientific communication. Brian Brophy’s expertise in the art of storytelling will provide useful insights, help you to communicate your research in a compelling and accessible manner.

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by February 12, 2024. Space is limited, so reserve your spot at this enriching workshop as soon as possible. Light refreshments will be served. Masking is optional although strongly recommended indoors.

Workshop Highlights

  • Connect with your audience through your personal motivation for your work.
  • Distill and prioritize content into clear ideas.
  • Develop a cohesive and compelling story using a strong narrative structure.
  • Bring a short story to practice your Origin (Credo) story or Misbelief
    • Origin (Credo): What do you believe? What are the core principles that guide your life? Convictions that motivate your everyday behavior? “Keep it simple, keep it honest, keep it you.” 
    • Misbelief: What are some prevalent misunderstandings or misconceptions regarding your research, or concepts that people find challenging to grasp?

We look forward to coming together as a community to explore the art of storytelling and advance our shared mission of diverse leadership in science communication.

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More about Brian Brophy

Brian Brophy

Brian Brophy is the Director of Caltech Theater, Story Coach at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), co-creator of Credible Messenger Training with JPL’s Story Architect Paul Propster, Fulbright Scholar to India and twenty-five-year veteran actor in the film/TV/theater industry.