This is an updated version of the presentation in which I introduce a “new model of the relationship between science and communication,” as presented to the Leibniz Association in June, 2021.
The talk is intended for researchers at every career stage, science communicators, communication trainers, other teachers, anyone interested in scientific thinking, and a wider group of stakeholders in research, communication and education
This serves as the theoretical introduction to my courses in writing, presentation skills and other types of communication.
Please get in touch if you are interested in learning more, have comments, or would like to join a group of scientists and teachers who hope to institutionalize this type of training in research organizations and science curricula.
This is a version of the “How to see Ghosts” talk, which I use at the beginning of communications training courses. Its purpose is to present a model of science communication that I have developed as the basis of these courses. I think this model has profound implications for the way science is communicated to very diverse audiences, the way science is taught, and the way research is conducted.
This version of the presentation was delivered as the first half of an on-line workshop for the FZU in Prague, May 5, 2021.
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At the time the book was written, the story wasn’t finished; many questions remained about the scientific and medical mystery it described. In 2015 came a new paper that finally resolved major questions, and a new chapter of the book. You can download that here:
First comes the English edition; German will follow soon.
There are a few pages of notes for parents and teachers at the end. The book is targeted for grade-school children; it probably works best for kids aged 7 to 11; I’d greatly appreciate feedback on your experiences with it.
The basic idea is that there is evidence for evolution all around us, if you just know where to look. While exploring the woods near their house, Charlie and her dog Fitzroy discover some strange bugs. By watching what happens to them over the next weeks and months, they stumble on the basic principles of evolution. Along the way they meet a strange old man who has thought about this for quite some time…