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I created the “Science Through Story” workshop series to offer customized story training for scientists and science educators. I employ techniques adapted from filmmaking, improv, and other art forms to create both storyline and visual media in communications for general or specialized audiences.

Throughout the workshop, participants create and share their own stories about scientific research or topics. Participants leave with a treatment for a future presentation or “elevator pitch,” as well as a conceptual framework for future communication opportunities.

I have been running these workshops at university campuses, museums, zoos, and conference venues across the continent over the last two years. Workshops have ranged from six to over 400 participants.

I also consult on science storytelling and public engagement, including projects for major theme parks and scientific institutions.

Photo courtesy of Helina Chin, UC Museum of Paleontology.

“Sara is a pioneer in scaling meaningful science communication. By harnessing the power of storytelling… she is helping science communicators tap into resources and techniques few have ever considered. We greatly enjoyed having Sara visit us at Science World in Vancouver, where she gave an engaging seminar to our science presenters, one they are still talking about and reflecting on! At this critical moment in history, we are in great need the kinds of science communication benefits that Sara is sharing.”
— Dr. Scott Sampson, President & CEO, Science World at TELUS World of Science, Vancouver, Canada

Sketch notes by Mark Simmons from the 2018 workshop at UC Berkeley on visual storytelling for science communication, presented by ElShafie with Character Art Director Matt Nolte and Production Designer Steve Pilcher, with contributions by K.C. Roeyer, of Pixar Animation Studios. Sketch notes courtesy of Mark Simmons. Pixar content © Disney/Pixar, used here with permission.

“Sara’s presentation of integrating stories with science is a tall order and she delivers on many fronts. I have witnessed the evolution of her workshops and their impact on science-oriented audiences. I’ve seen the enthusiasm and participation Sara generates. These workshops provide the science community with the opportunity to relate to, and engage, the broader public in a uniquely creative manner that perhaps they did not know they were capable of.”
— Randal M. Dutra, Fine artist/Filmmaker/Animation Director

For inquiries, please contact me.

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