Use narrative techniques to talk about your research in a new way

Why do we pay money to go see a movie, while we have to get paid to read journals? Because movies are stories, and stories captivate us! In fact, narratives are a great way for humans to receive and remember information.

Use storytelling to make your science come to life!

In this workshop, you will learn what makes a good story, and start writing your own. We’ll cover topics like perspective, narrator, characters, plots and story arcs, and illustrate the various options with examples. Then you’ll get to practice them to find out what works in which situation.

What you will learn

  • What are stories, and (how) do they differ from the scientific narrative?
  • Elements of a good story: characters, narrator, plot
  • Keeping your audience engaged: add tension or a plot twist
  • How can I use stories to explain my research?

Workshop details

3-4 hours

8-12 participants

English or Dutch

Online or in-house

A workshop by
Stephan van Duin, MSc

Stephan has been working with scientists to shape their stories for over a decade. He is able to take position between your research and your audience, and to make you reflect on the steps you need to take to communicate effectively and bridge that gap.

A workshop by Stephan will give you some background theory, but also delves into his experience as science communicator and press officer to show what it can mean for your situation. Of course, you won’t leave his workshops without a lot of practical tips and skills as well!

More about Stephan van Duin

Thank you, Stephan! I particularly liked how you prompted us to approach our pitch from multiple perspectives.

Thanks for the tips for the pitch and storytelling. These are quite useful.

Our workshops are flexible!

Do you like our workshops, but are you looking for something slightly different? No problem! We offer our workshops in various configurations. In addition to the standard 3 to 4-hour version, we can split the workshop in two or three parts. This gives participants enough time to apply the theory to their own projects – and to receive feedback. We can also combine some workshops to create a full-day program, or fit a narrower time slot by giving a lecture highlighting the most important insights.

Let us know what you are looking for, and we can find a solution.

Configurations of
Storytelling for scientists

We can shift the focus of the workshop slightly, by using our ‘add-ons.’ These are chapters within a workshop what we can change around or give as a mini-workshop.

  • We don't have any add-ons for this workshop yet. Are you looking for something specific? Let us know!

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How much time do you have?All our workshops are 4 hours so everyone can learn by getting personal feedback. However, if you have less time we can give a 1 to 2-hour lecture for larger groups.

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