Narrative Tools for Researchers

Narrative Tools for Researchers

For researchers in the natural sciences who want to enhance their communication to their peers by using narrative tools to tell their research story

10 experts in using narrative techniques in scientific communication, including researchers, Nature Portfolio journal Editors and science journalists

8.5 hours of learning

15-minute bite-sized lessons

3-module course with certificate

About this course

‘Narrative Tools for Researchers’ explains how to use narrative techniques to help you communicate your research to the scientific community in an effective, compelling and memorable way. 

What you’ll learn

  • The benefits of using narrative tools to communicate your research more effectively to scientific peers and stakeholders
  • How to create and combine narrative elements to build a compelling scientific story
  • How to refine your research story depending on the audience and format for your communication

The course

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Why use a story?

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Building your story

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Refining your story

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Developed with expert academics and professionals

This course has been created with an international team of experts with a wide range of experience, including:

  • Academic research into the role of narrative tools in science communication
  • Science journalism
  • Training scientists in communicating through storytelling techniques
  • Sharing their own research through compelling stories and papers

Michael Dahlstrom

LAS Dean's Professor and Director, Greenlee School of Journalism, Iowa State University

Nick Enfield

Professor of Linguistics, University of Sydney

Pep Pàmies

Chief Editor, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Springer Nature

Helen Pearson

Chief Magazine Editor, Nature, Springer Nature

Advice from experienced researchers

The course has additional insights through video interviews from:

Mahaletchumy Arujanan

Global Coordinator, International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications

Sara ElShafie

Founder, Science Through Story and PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

Josh Ettinger

PhD candidate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Erich Jarvis

Professor, The Rockefeller University and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Faith Osier

Professor of Immunology, Heidelberg University Hospital and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

Vidita Vaidya

Professor of Neurobiology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

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