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Storytelling and Storyboarding for Researchers (431)


22 November 2018 - NEW !

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr. Samer Angelone


We seek to challenge, inspire and train researchers to use narrative techniques and strategies employed in film to produce persuasive presentations and publications. Good researchers do good research, but great researchers are also great storytellers!

I. Borrowing communication strategies and techniques from film can help in preparing persuasive presentations and publications, and researchers are wise enough to do so! However, filmmaking skills lie outside of the training of the academic researchers. In this workshop, researchers will learn storytelling, script writing and storyboarding. 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 and storyboarding. 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, script writing and storyboarding, alternative narrative structures, theory of film editing.

Practice:• Participants will re-write the summaries of their already published (or in preparation) papers and presentations based on what they learn in the workshop.
• In small groups, participants will prepare short storyboards about one of their researches.


Learning outcomes:

After this course, participants are able to :

• Build persuasive communication of their research, for divulgation and publication

• Design script and storyboard about their research• Review, summarise and interpret films

Preparatory work:

Participants have to prepare two stories and one abstract!Please send the trainer, at least 2 weeks before the workshop, the following:
1. Three lines telling a story about one of your research topics
2. Three lines telling a story about your biography
3. The summary of one of your recent publications/posters/presentations
(The amount of time expected: 1 hour)

The workshop is for all doctoral candidates (both Social Science and Humanities, and Exact and Nature Sciences).



University of Lausanne


Date: Thursday 22nd November 2018

Schedule: 9:30 to 17:30

Location: University of Lausanne


Dr. Samer Angelone is a biologist and filmmaker. He teaches "Filmmaking for Scientists", "Storytelling Science", "Photography for Scientists", "Science Events Planning and Management" and "Filmmaking Marathon" at various Swiss and Germany universities and research institutes. He is the founder and director of the Global Science Film Festival ( in Switzerland. Angelone has directed several fiction and documentary films and has been in the jury of prestigious film festivals. He has developed scientific research on population genetics, diseases, forensics, wildlife conservation, social media, and human-elephant conflict. Angelone holds a PhD in population genetics, and master's degrees in film studies and film direction.For films:
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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). A reimbursement form will be supplied to all registered participants for this workshop.



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