The world has never needed clear and vivid science communication so badly.
To help scientists continue to share their work effectively and empathically, the Alda Center offers a series of 3-hour live online modules, built to meet specific communication goals.
Creating Connections: An Introduction to the Alda Method
Alda Center workshops are based on a unique combination of improvisational theater exercises and message-design strategies. This combination empowers scientists and researchers to share their work and its significance with a wide range of people - from those who haven’t thought about science since grade school to leading experts in other disciplines. Designed to fit into a larger conference or other meeting, this two-hour program offers a dynamic and engaging introduction to the Alda Center and our unique approach to communication training.
Most online learning programs have been designed for individuals who have previously experienced one of the Alda Center's one- or two-day workshops focused on Science Communication, Medical Communication, or Empowering Scientists.
Connection Revisited: A Communication Skills Reboot
Researchers who have previously experienced an in-person Alda Center training can refresh their improvisational skills and deepen their abilities to connect with others through this advanced training module. During this program, participants will strengthen their empathic abilities by engaging with each other and their instructor. The skills they practice in this virtual program will help researchers foster deeper, more meaningful connections with others as they share their science, in-person or online. The session helps participants listen dynamically, expand their awareness of others, and become more comfortable being spontaneous.
Preparing for Virtual Media Interviews
If one of your goals is sharing your work through the media, this three-hour program will prepare you to succeed in an interview. Interviews require an ability to improvise while staying true to your core message; this session will help you achieve that balance with practice and feedback from your peers.
Building Bridges: Connecting Science and Policy
This three-hour online training shows participants how to apply the Alda Method to transcend the challenges in sharing science, in-person or remotely, with decision makers. Science, and sound scientific decision making, is critical in society. Working effectively with decision makers requires trust, time, and personal relationships. "Building Bridges" empowers scientists with strategies and tools to enhance science communication across levels of government. Participants will have a more valuable experience if they know their communication goal and audience, especially a specific policymaker or group of individuals. In addition to Google Media search and individual's websites, we recommend exploring Congress.gov, Govtrack.us, and OpenSecrets.org.
If you're participating in an Alda Online workshop, you can access your workshop materials here.