Explore empathy to create clear and vivid communication.
Scientists and other researchers learn to share their professional passion and their discoveries clearly and vividly with different audiences during this one- or two-day workshop.
Informed by social science and communication research, this training program combines improvisational theater exercises with message-design techniques to empower researchers to effectively communicate their work to other researchers, government officials, funding agencies, students, friends and family, among others.
Researchers from all disciplines, including the hard sciences, engineering, and the social sciences, will learn effective communication strategies that can be adapted to individual communication goals and styles through the Alda Science Communication Experience.
Participate in a Training Workshop
Please note that all in-person programming has been postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Workshops on the Road
Organizations can host the Alda Science Communication Experience workshop and bring Alda-certified instructors to their facility. Workshops are designed for between 16 and 32 individuals.
Complete an inquiry form to learn more about bringing the Alda Center to your organization. A member of our Workshops Team will reach out to you to learn more about your needs.
Workshops for Individuals
Individuals may attend one of our trainings in New York City. Different programs are offered regularly throughout the year.
Plenary Session: A Brief Exploration
The Alda Center’s 90-minute plenary program is designed to give large groups of people an introduction to our unique approach to communication training.
This program is designed for mixed groups of scientists, researchers, and others looking to improve their communication of complex topics. It can be added to professional conferences, an organization’s staff events, or offered as a stand-alone program.
The plenary uses simple improvisational theater exercises and message-design techniques to help participants explore and experience effective communication strategies. During the program, participants will build fundamental skills that improve audience engagement and understanding.
The session can accommodate an unlimited number of people.
Plenary Extension: A Chance to Practice
A small group of people may choose to deepen their plenary experience through the extension program.
This additional 90-minute session can accommodate up to 32 people, who are invited to the experience by the host organization in advance.
During the extension, people will apply the insights they gained during the plenary in a series of tiered exercises that incorporate practice and peer feedback.
The extension program is only available in combination with the plenary.
One-Day Workshop: Enhance your Speaking Style
During the one-day workshop, participants engage with the Alda Method and learn strategies to help them craft and deliver an effective one-to-many talk.
The workshop includes a series of exercises designed to help individuals listen to an audience, and speak to them, with empathy. Attendees will learn to set communication goals that are appropriate for that audience and achievable.
Designed for between 16 and 32 people, the one-day Science Communication experience includes extensive opportunities for individual feedback from peers and workshop instructors.
Two-Day Workshop: Share the Story of your Science
The two-day workshop builds off the one-day experience and includes additional experiences designed to help researchers develop their personal communication styles.
In this training, participants gain additional experience navigating one-to-one conversations, with an emphasis on difficult conversations, and on learning to use narrative techniques to engage an audience. Opportunities to practice both communications with peers is an integral part of the program.
Between 16 and 32 people may attend this workshop.
About the Program
The Alda Center’s unique communication training helps researchers build empathy and audience awareness. In this way, researchers are prepared to develop powerful and engaging messages for every situation and with every audience, regardless of their previous scientific understanding.
All Alda Center programs are designed to give participants opportunities to engage, practice, and receive feedback to help researchers identify and strengthen their communication style. The Alda Method empowers empathetic and effective communication.