Science Communications 2015

Program dates: July 26, 2015 - August 8, 2015

Application deadline: March 31, 2015

Program Information

Faculty: Jay Ingram - Program Chair, Mary Anne Moser - Director, Henry Kowalski - , Rob Davidson - , John Rennie - , Rose Eveleth - ,

"The program gives you a new way of seeing science…and yourself.”
—Carolyn Brown, Science Communications alumna

Message from the program chair

Communicating science — whether in text, television, the web, or in person — is an intensive pursuit, preoccupied with explanation. Sometimes the attention that must be paid to those qualities can stifle the passion which most of us bring to the subject.

Our aim at Banff is to allow participants to take a step back from their daily pursuits, and open themselves to different ways of expressing that passion and the science that is behind it. We hope to re-awaken some of the art in the presentation of science.

Jay Ingram, program chair

Program overview

Working with some of the world’s leading science communicators, participants explore the creative use of words, images, action and technology, with the goal of fostering a more engaging role for science in public culture. 

This is an immersive residency experience that is uniquely aimed at mid-career professionals in both science and communications. The program is structured around daily seminars and workshops on new forms of creative science communications. Emphasis is on group discussion and work, and participants will be urged to create outside their usual medium of scientific communication. At the end of the program, participants publicly present collaboratively created group projects using media such as the web, television, print, and three-dimensional scenarios that have developed under the influence of debates, visits, talks, and one-on-one dialogues.

Who should attend

The program is designed for people working in science and engineering, science communications, journalism, knowledge transfer, science outreach, science policy, and cultural industries. Up to 20 participants are accepted into the program each year: there is always a mix of researchers, educators, communications professionals, and creative practitioners.

Participants bring a rich array of experiences to the program. Each year will typically include professors, published authors or artists, managers and communications professionals, as well as graduate and postgraduate students. While diverse in skills, they share one trait — an interest in both science and communicating about science. A demonstrated commitment to science and its social relevance is required.


Successful applicants will have:

  • strong communication skills, with experience in science communications
  • keen interest in exploring new ways of presenting science in a public sphere
  • demonstrated creativity and excellence in a professional capacity
  • high standards for both scientific accuracy and cultural relevance

The Banff Centre would like to recognize the following sponsors
for their generous support of this program:

Preferred PI


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All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.