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Storytelling for Researchers (405)


26 September 2023

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Samer Angelone


There have been great scientists that dropped out of school, but there have been no great scientists that did not tell stories! We seek to challenge, inspire and train scientists to use narrative techniques and strategies employed in film to produce persuasive presentations and publications. Borrowing communication strategies and techniques from filmmakers and applying them in science communication will help scientists for better communication of their research, and scientists are wise enough to do so!

I. In this workshop, researchers will learn storytelling techniques. This will help them to engage audience and increase uptake by incorporating narrative attributes into their teaching, divulgations and publications.

II. The desire of researchers to communicate elegantly with the general audience using storytelling, and the tireless search of filmmakers for good stories to tell, demand tight collaboration between researchers and filmmakers. Hence, the successful collaboration requires that researchers acquire the basic knowledge of film storytelling. This will allow them to translate their research into elegant and convincing cinematographic stories, thus enhancing the communication between them and filmmakers, and making it easier for the filmmaker to transform these stories into films.


Workshop content


  • Story and narrative, storytelling in science, documentary vs. fiction, documentary modes, and alternative narrative structures.


  • Participants will re-write the summaries of their already published (or in preparation) papers and presentations based on what they learn in the workshop.


Learning outcomes

After this course, participants are able to:

  • Build persuasive communication of their research, for divulgation and publication
  • Prepare a cinematographic stories and scripts about their research
  • Review, summarise and interpret films.


Preparatory/Transfer Work

Participants have to prepare two stories and one abstract!

Please send the trainer, at least 2 weeks before the workshop, the following:

  • Three lines telling a story about one of your research topics
  • Three lines telling a story about your biography
  • The summary of one of your recent publications/posters/presentations

(The amount of time expected: 1 hour)





University of Neuchâtel


Date: Tuesday 26th September 2023

Place: University of Neuchâtel

Schedule: 9:15 am to 5:15 pm


The Trainer:

Dr Samer Angelone is a filmmaker and scientist. He is the founder of the Global Science Film Festival, and works as a jury-member for prestigious international film festivals. Angelone has directed several fiction and documentary films. He teaches 'Filmmaking for Scientists', 'Storytelling & Storyboarding Science', and 'Video-journalism for Scientists' at different universities, research institutes and film festivals.
Dr Samer Angelone holds two PhDs in Film Studies and Biology.




Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class).



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