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Storytelling for Science

  • Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Broad public understanding of science is crucially important in our world today. Many segments of our population remain uninformed--or even skeptical--of the important contributions scientists make towards public health, new technology, sustainability and further exploration of our universe. Scientists need a tool such as storytelling to better communicate their work to a diverse audience of scientists and “non-scientists” alike for additional funding, promotion of their work and to foster a stronger understanding of science in our communities.

Through a strong understanding of storytelling, science students and researchers can better reach beyond the lab and into the community. By using stories to share their passion and knowledge, scientists can create an interest and emotional response in their audience that isn't possible with any other medium.

Join the Fleet Science Center and Storytelling Consultant Nathan Young for our first-ever Science Storytelling Workshop for the local scientific community. 

Storytelling for Science Workshop 
Hosted by the the Fleet Science Center
Friday, October 19, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1875 El Prado, 
San Diego, CA 92101
$65 for general admission
$55 for students!

Register here:

Overview of the Workshop: 

This workshop is designed to help scientists better communicate the impact and importance of their work through storytelling. The first half of the day will include an introduction on the science of storytelling and why it affects the human psyche the way it does. We’ll also discuss the importance of storytelling for science and which types of stories scientists can share. The rest of the morning will be devoted to walking participants through a step-by-step process for crafting their own story, covering the basics elements of a story, why each element is important and how they can be applied to our own stories.

The second half of the day will focus on sharing our stories and exchanging feedback with one another. The whole workshop will be highly interactive, giving all attendees the opportunity to listen to stories, give feedback and exchange ideas with each other. The stories crafted in this workshop can be applied to public speaking, grant writing, funding proposals, public relations, promotion of work and more. Each participant will leave the workshop with one finished story and the necessary tools to craft more.

Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice their newly-learned skills at a science storytelling event in front of a public audience. Dates for these events will be set during the workshop and will be likely occur approximately two to three weeks after the workshop.

About the Instructor:

Nathan Young is a public speaking coach and storytelling consultant. He has worked with such groups as TEDxSanDiego, the Fleet Science Center, the literary arts nonprofit So Say We All, and he is currently the director of The New Narrative, a live storytelling project exploring how societal stories can be rewritten to create a more equitable future. Nathan has over eight years of experience in public speaking and storytelling. He has seen firsthand how communities grow stronger and people become more confident through sharing their stories. Storytelling helps individuals relate to each other, understand one another and feel a little less alone in the world. More info about his storytelling workshops can be found at

Earlier Event: October 15
Writing About Ourselves
Later Event: October 23
Storytelling for the Revolution