The Essentials Online
Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 1:00-4:00pm CST
Duration: 3 hours
This event will be conducted virtually

Complete this application by noon, Friday, April 8th.
Only current postdoctoral fellows are eligible at this time
You will be asked to provide a 2-6 sentence personal statement letting us know why you are interested in participating in this workshop

This program is designed to offer busy scientists and researchers an intensive introduction to effective and engaging science communication.

In a more condensed version of the one-day, in-person workshop, participants will explore and practice using communication strategies that are responsive to the needs of others. 

Like all Alda Center programs, The Essentials combines improvisational theater exercises with message-design strategies to help others incorporate their experiences to engage with the wonders of science. 

At the end of The Essentials, participants will be able to:

  • Learn to connect and interact with an audience in meaningful ways
  • Employ strategies that make messages and information memorable
  • Shift their focus to others; learn when and how to adapt messaging to aid others' comprehension
  • Prioritize clarity by minimizing jargon and using evocative language and analogies
  • Apply a strategic communication tool to consider audience, context, challenges, and communication goals

For additional information about this particular workshop, please reach out to Kate Stuart (

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. What is your academic status?

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* 3. What career field most interests you?