2-day Science Communication Workshop with Randy Olson

Igor Heifetz ・ Princeton Environmental Institute

Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Frist Multipurpose Room
    “Houston We Have A Narrative: Why Science Needs Story”- Improving science communication to non-scientists and the public: How to turn your research message into a narrative and make it relevant.
    Open to all.
  • 7:30 PM | McCosh 10
    “Flock of Dodos” Film Screening and Q&A with director, Randy Olson

Friday, February 13, 2015

  • Small Group Workshops* | Lewis Library 120
    3 options: 9-11AM, 11AM-1PM, 2-4PM
    *To sign up for a workshop section, email Jennifer at schieltz@princeton.edu.


Randy OlsonAbout the Speaker:

Randy Olson is a scientist-turned-filmmaker, a director and author of several books and movies on environmental and science communication topics. Formerly a professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire, Randy changed gears and moved to Hollywood to attend film school and explore film as a medium for communicating science.
He gives dynamic workshops on improving science.

Flock of Dodos movie“Flock of Dodos” is a documentary feature film written and directed by Randy Olson that the National Review called, “an important accomplishment,” and Smithsonian Magazine picked for their list of, “Ten Science Movies We Loved From The 2000’s.” The movie premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, aired on Showtime for two years, and is distributed on DVD by New Video (home video). For Darwin Day (February 12) in 2007 it was screened at over 100 museums and universities.
The movie captured the tension in the summer of 2005 when the Kansas School Board was taken over by a major of members supporting the teaching of “intelligent design” alongside the teaching of evolution in science classes.

In addition to writing and directing his own feature films about major issues in science, he has worked with a variety of clients to assist them with the use of visual media in communicating science to the general public communication, and we are excited to have him come to Princeton for an 2-day workshop.


Workshop is sponsored by: Department of Ecology and Evolutional Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Geosciences, Department of Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, Princeton Environmental Institute, Graduate School, Princeton Writing Program, Council on Science and Technology, Graduate Engineering Council.

Randy Olson Workshop