CLOSED!! NEW! Storytelling for Science

Course Information

  • Monday, May 07, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018,
    2:00 PM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    April 7, 2018
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 14 participants).
    Mirko Bischofsberger
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    Understand and apply basic storytelling and communication concepts for your science in order to reach your audiences more effectively


    No matter if you write a scientific text, an article for the newspapers or a tweet, the messages you try to convey to your audience are always received easier if they are embedded in a story framework. But what makes a good scientific story?

    In this interdisciplinary workshop we will first learn the most important elements that make up good stories, and also analyze the role of your putative audiences, and how to catch their attention. In the second part, we will apply these learned lessons on science by trying to tell the same scientific story to differente audiences.


    You will
    - learn the basic storytelling concepts,
    - learn the most important science communication rules,
    - apply the concepts to science writing by identifying and constructing a scientific story for different target audiences, and
    - write your stories for different outputs.

    Useful take-home lists will be handed out that can be applied for every occasion later.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Mirko Bischofberger (Science Studios) moves at the boundaries of science communication, science policy – and filmmaking. Parallel to his science studies he was active as a science journalist for the renowned Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and worked as a Scientific Advisor for the Swiss Parliament, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the EPFL after that. Mirko is also a respected filmmaker and storyteller in the Swiss film community, and he recently shot the new official image film for the University of Zurich. He studied at ETH Zurich and holds a PhD from the EPFL in Lausanne.


    6h lecture


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course can be cancelled up to five working days before its scheduled date (send an email to Participants failed to attend a course for which they registered, remaining absent form a course without an excuse or cancel less than five working days in advance will be excluded from the transferable skills programme for the following semester.
    Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel (UB) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

    3rd Floor, GRACE Room 306

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