Late November, Genetics and Neuroscience students attended a two-day Science Communication workshop. This included work on blogging, presentation skills, poster making, podcasting, and finished with the opportunity to make a short film – an example of which can be seen below. Science Communication is incredibly important to science – without the ability to clearly and effectively communicate science to both a scientific, and to a general public audience, all our hard work would stay tucked up in lab books, gathering dust on shelves.
The Science Communication department at Otago offers postgraduate qualifications that can be centered around various forms of media, such as film-making, writing and popularizing science.
Here’s what you get when you give scientists a camera and a day to write, shoot and edit a film: