Climate Futures

Climate Futures

Science Communication Seminar & Workshop with scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson

Climate Futures is launching their Communications & Education Research Theme with visiting US science communicator Dr Randy Olson.

Date: Monday 14th May 2012
Location: Macquarie University, Biology tearoom, Building E8A, Room 280
RSVP Essential:

10.00am -12.00pm

The S Factor: Filmmaking for scientists

In this session Randy Olson will discuss science’s crimes against communication, including his own! Using his ‘Four organs of mass communication’ theory, Olson will demonstrate the importance of getting out of your head and into your ‘heart’ and ‘gut’ in order to communicate important environmental issues. He will also show a selection of short films to explain the importance and power of storytelling. If you’ve made a film, please send us the link (under 5 minutes). 
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Storyomics: Communicating in the Blink of an Eye

(limit to 25 participants)

In our second session, Randy Olson will present an overview of the basic principles of communication focusing on the ‘elevator pitch’, storytelling techniques & other rapid communication strategies. Using 3 simple words: ‘and … but … and therefore’ you will have the opportunity to distil your science research into a 30 second spiel and establish: “Who is your target audience?”,  “Why is your communication important?” and “What is at stake?”

About the presenter: Dr Randy Olson is the writer and director of the feature films "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," (Tribeca '06, Showtime '07); "Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy" (Outfest '08); and author of "Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style" (Island Press '09). His work focuses on the challenges of communicating science to the general public, and the attacks on mainstream science in fields such as evolution and climate science. A former marine biologist with a PhD from Harvard University, he achieved tenure at the University of New Hampshire, before changing careers to filmmaking by obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema from the University of Southern California. He is an adjunct faculty member with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC; and his production company, Prairie Starfish Productions is based at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.

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