Science, Storytelling, And Art Collide In San Francisco! Researchers And Artists From The Entertainment Industry Will Lead A Symposium On Communicating Science Through Narrative On January 5

  • Charge: Industrial Light & Magic

    Industrial Light & Magic Animation Supervisor Glen McIntosh will show scientists how to use cinematic techniques to make postsecondary scientific demonstrations in the SICB symposium. In this early concept sketch for Jurassic World, McIntosh explores the style and personality of a new personality, Indominus rex (2015).

  • Charge: Bailee DesRocher

    Logo for your Science During Narrative symposium (2017)

  • Credit: Picture in part courtesy of DreamWorks Feature Animation

    Anatomist Stuart Sumida and colleagues by DreamWorks Animation will explore the reciprocal storytelling tools of  biology and filmmaking. Inside this personality sketch from  How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Sumida  shows how anatomical  features of real creatures — including extinct ones like   Allosaurus — may be utilized to design believable fantasy animals. Artwork: Simon Otto along with Stuart Sumida

  • Charge: National Geographic and Stamen Design, courtesy of Eric Rodenbeck.

    Stamen CEO Eric Rodenbeck will talk about how to make beautiful and inviting data visualization into his conversation in the SICB symposium. For instance, National Geographic’s “Amazonia Under Threat,” is an interactive application designed by Rodenbeck to tell stories about among the world’s richest and most delicate ecosystems (2016).

Newswise — What’s the best method to share science with the general public? How do scientists make information understandable and relatable? The key would be storytelling, based on artists and scientists who will present in the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting, which will take place January 3 — 7, 2018, in San Francisco. It will be the very first scientific seminar to bring together multiple agents from the scientific community and the entertainment industry to advance strategies for public engagement with science fiction. SICB’s exploration of storytelling in mathematics communication will centre around a society-wide symposium, Science During Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences, around January 5.  

“Facts don’t speak for themselves, however, a fantastic story makes them memorable and meaningful,” says Sara ElShafie, a Ph.D. student in the University of California, Berkeley, who’s the primary organizer for your symposium. “We are very excited that SICB chose to earn science and storytelling outreach a significant motif at their 2018 meeting.”

The meeting will kick off on January 3 with a plenary discussion from New York Times columnist and renowned science fiction writer Carl Zimmer. In the symposium on January 5, speakers will include direction from scientific and entertainment communities, including Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Angela Lepito, Global Education Outreach Director for DreamWorks Animation; Glen McIntosh, Animation Supervisor of this Jurassic World franchise for Industrial Light and Magic; Anna Kipnis, Senior Gameplay Programmer for Double Fine Productions; along with Eric Rodenbeck, CEO of Stamen Design, an internationally acclaimed statistics visualization firm.

“Putting scientists with storytelling chops   with individuals That Are masters in getting their message to a Massive population will be key to the future of mathematics,” says symposium co-organizer Stuart Sumida, an anatomist and paleontologist in The California State University who has consulted over 60 motion images and video games

Preceding the symposium, ElShafie will Provide a “Science Through Story” workshop on January 4 with a collaborator in Pixar Animation Studios. The workshop is part of a series manufactured by ElShafie in cooperation with educators at the UC Museum of Paleontology and artists in Pixar. At the symposium workshop, scientists will find out how to produce content meaningful to general audiences by using story elements such as relatable characters and universal themes.

In conjunction with this symposium and the workshop, the meeting will feature demonstrations and art from a dozen additional early career artists and scientists who have established their own efforts to advance science outreach. These range from dance theater, to internet press productions, to reachable display layout. One student will even sketch-note the symposium talks, and extend a workshop on sketch-noting in the assembly.

Attendees may also practice their mathematics storytelling abilities in a story booth in the exhibitor’s hall in the SICB meeting. Recorded stories will be made available on the internet following the assembly.

ElShafie hopes this assembly will inspire scientists to use all their abilities to reach the public. “Effective engagement requires both critical thinking and imagination,” she says. “This assembly will spark new negotiations and collaborations toward making science available for all.”

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