Banff Centre Science Communications Program – now open for applications, deadline March 26

This science training program for journalists in the Canadian Rockies looks AMAZING. Deadline March 26. 

Here's a quote from someone who's done the program:

This is a fabulous program for any science journalist or anyone in the media whose work includes covering science stories. It takes place in the stunning surroundings of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies and brings together scientists, journalists and communicators at all career stages (early, mid, late are all well-represented) for an intensive 2-week-long life-changing experience.

Science Communications 2014

Program dates: July 28, 2014 – August 9, 2014

Application deadline: March 26, 2014

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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

Want to extend your stay?

Extend your stay before or after this program by applying for a Self-directed Residency:

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