Improvisation for Scientists to Strengthen Public Communication Skills

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center; Michigan State University; 219 S. Harrison Rd.; East Lansing, MI 48824-1022

Science advocate Alan Alda pioneered this workshop using improvisational theater exercises to help scientists connect more directly and spontaneously with different audiences. This is not about turning scientists into actors or comedians but helping them engage others and communicate about science effectively with non-scientists. Through a series of highly interactive activities, participants will learn to pay close attention to body language, understand two-way communications, listen with more awareness, and respond to their listeners with greater sensitivity. Participants should bring their own research project ideas.

Workshop space is limited to 16.

Sponsored by: University Outreach and Engagement, Academy for Global Engagement, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Communication Arts and Sciences Brandt Endowment, College of Natural Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Academic Advancement Network, The Graduate School

Two 1/2 day workshops.  Registration information at