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.
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.