Special Session III and IV

Special Session III “Scientific Storytelling: Pitch Your Research to the Public and Scientific Peers”

15th November 2017, 18:15 – 20:15  &  16th November 2017, 10:00 – 12:00, Saal 4

This mini-course will provide instruction on how to communicate your scientific research using the structural aspects of a story. We will cover the innovative formate of a 3-minute elevator pitch. This interactive workshop will utilize the elements of narrative craft to assist participants in their efforts to effectively communicate their research. The participants will break into small groups of 5-6 and have the opportunity to implement these literary tools to communicate their scientific research. This workshop takes place in two days (same content) and each is limited to 30 people.

Special Session VI “General Scientific Storytelling Lecture and Open Discussion”

16th November 2017, 14:00 – 16:00

Research manuscripts are written to have an impact on the scientific community and to be cited by others. However, there are thousands of research articles published in our respective fields each year. Is it possible to distinguish one’s research paper by communicating science in a clear compelling fashion?


Rafael E. Luna

Executive Director of the National Research Mentoring Network
Principal Investigator of the Administrative Core of NRMN at Boston College
Author of The Art of Scientific Storytelling

Rafael E. Luna is  Executive Director of the National Research Mentoring Network at Boston College and was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School investigating the biochemical mechanisms of cancer. As research fellow in the laboratory of Professor Wagner, he was working in an interdisciplinary research effort to understand the end of the scanning mechanism required for protein synthesis in cells. He is also CEO and Founder of Luna Scientific Storytelling LLC, which promotes the communication of science in a logical fashion via narrative analytics. Luna is a dynamic speaker and has given the first ever Scientific Storytelling workshops for researchers at both, Harvard Medical School and Harvard University. He has presented to a wide range of scientific audiences in the U.S. and Europe.