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What: Storytelling in science: A workshop at Heidelberg Forum for Young Life Scientists 2017

When: 19.30 - 21.00 Friday, June 9 2017

Where: K1 + K2, Kommunikationszentrum, DKFZ, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120, Heidelberg

Who: A team of people working at several different life-science organisations within Heidelberg are organising HUB, with your help (just get in touch or add your comments to this page).

The human brain loves storytelling, and weaving narrative into the way we talk about our science can help people to form an emotional connection and potentially perk their interest in our work. This approach, while certainly useful for communicating science to the general public, is useful in many other areas, from shaping research strategies, writing grant applications, or wow-ing an audience of peers. In this unseminar, we will work together to empower skills of storytelling, combining strong narratives with a real overview of your science and also having a lot of fun along the way.


Warm up exercise - Led by Iman Meziane, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ)

Workshop: Building analogies of your work - Led by Eva-Maria Gottmann, EIT Health

Inspiring science slam flashtalks

Laura Howes, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Lorenz Adlung, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ)

Lucas Czech, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)

Workshop: Crafting your own science slam - Led by Agnes Hotz-Wagenblatt, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ)

Wrap up

Task List

A list of tasks that need to be done on or before the meeting day. Just sign your name to say that you'll do a task, and the same again when the task is done.

To arrange before evening Person responsible Done
Book Room Done
Create wordpress page
Create the poster Matt Done
Drinking Water and Cups? Iman/Maria
Print & bring HUB poster Adam
A4 signs in plastic envelopes to help people find the room
Print and display poster where relevant
  • BioQuant:
  • EMBL: Laura
  • DKFZ: Agnes
  • ZMBH:
  • Zentralmensa:
Advertise on linkedin
Send initial announcement email to HUB All Adam
Send same-day-as event announcement email to HUB All Adam

To do on the evening Person responsible Done
Open the room
Arrange tables/chairs All
Hang up signs to the room
Setup and welcome attendees
Tidy and close room All