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Friday, March 1

The Science & Storytelling Symposium is a campus-wide event open to all current undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and UVA faculty and staff. Explore your future and gain the tools you need to take your place among the world’s leading changemakers.  

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Science and Storytelling Symposium

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Location: Old Cabell Hall

Our Science & Storytelling Symposium will bring together innovative National Geographic Explorers with UVA scholars and local thought leaders to discuss pressing local and global issues—from the unique challenges facing Virginia to those facing our planet—and the strategies you can use to help solve them. You’re invited to continue the conversation at an informal meet and greet in the lobby following the symposium.

 

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McCormick Observatory

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Speaker: Ed Murphy

On March 1, the McCormick Observatory will be opening its doors early to 40 National Geographic Symposium Students. A bus will pick up students outside Peabody Hall on Grounds and take them to the observatory for a tour and a talk about the history of the observatory and how it was first used. Students will then be first in line to look through the telescope when it gets dark.

 

 


Saturday, March 2

National Geographic Explorers—scientists, photographers, filmmakers, writers, and educators—will host hands-on workshops where you can learn or hone real-world skills. These half- and full-day programs include the opportunity to enhance your photography skills, learn what it takes to be an investigative journalist, get an in-depth introduction to virtual reality storytelling and filmmaking, and much more! Choose from our diverse lineup of options below.

Students and Postdocs: you must register for the Science & Storytelling Symposium in order to register for workshops.

Space is limited. Register today!

Full-Day Workshops

Choose one Full Day workshop.

Migration in Harmony: A Climate Change Simulation Exercise

Speaker: Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director, The Arctic Institute; National Geographic Explorer

 

Join National Geographic Explorer Victoria Herrmann for an interactive exercise that will simulate an environmental disaster and migration event in real time. Based on a war game created by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you’ll be briefed and provided the parameters of the exercise, including the rules of the game, learning objectives, and actor roles based on each student’s professional interests.

 

Maximum number of participants: 40

Half-Day Workshops

Choose one AM and one PM workshop.

AM Workshops

Visual Narrative: Building a Photo Story from Start to Finish

09:00 AM

Speaker: Greg Kahn, Documentary Fine Art Photographer

 

Go through the steps of building a photo project. From the process of visualizing data to creating a narrative, you’ll learn skills in developing a photographic vision, choosing a visual style based on the project, sequencing and editing, and basic lighting techniques. You’re encouraged to bring your own camera, but no photography experience is required to attend.

 

Maximum number of participants: 15

Earth Music Workshop

09:00 AM

Speaker: Greg Kahn, Documentary Fine Art Photographer

 

Discover music through sonic interaction with the natural world with pioneering composer, music technologist, and eco-acoustician Matthew Burtner. Participants will learn about human-nature interaction through sound, the acoustics of nature, and the sonification of environmental data. The workshop offers a chance to explore the emerging field of musical eco-acoustics.

 

Maximum number of participants: 10

The Science of Storytelling for Impact

09:00 AM

Speaker: Jenny Adler, Conservation Photographer, National Geographic Explorer

 

Many scientists want their work to have an impact outside academia—to accomplish this, they’re often told to become better storytellers. But impact means more than just telling a great story; it means reaching the right audience with the right message at the right time to create real change. Join scientist and visual storyteller Jenny Adler to explore recent findings from the field of impact storytelling and the science of behavior change that can help provide a set of best practices to guide strategic storytelling. Scientists and storytellers of all kinds are invited to this series of discussions and collaborative exercises that will help you maximize the influence of your stories.

 

Maximum number of participants: 20

 

Sharing Your Story Through Citizen Science

09:00 AM

Speaker: Wally Smith, Assistant Professor of Biology, UVA-Wise

 

Citizen science, or public participation in scientific research, has revolutionized how scientists collect data and design research initiatives. But how can citizen science help us share our stories about the natural world with each other? In this workshop, you'll review several popular citizen science platforms and engage with data collected by citizen scientists worldwide. Then, you'll have the opportunity to explore ways in which you can incorporate citizen science into your own work. At the heart of this workshop will be how you can use citizen science to not only enhance your own research but share the story of your work with members of the public.

 

Maximum number of participants: 15

 

Letting the Stories Come to You: Techniques for Reporting From the Field

09:00 AM

Speaker: Jennifer Kingsley, Journalist, National Geographic Explorer

 

This interactive, hands-on workshop will cover some of the basics of field reporting. From practical recording tips and interviewing practices to taking your first steps in a new community, this session will help prepare you for life as a storyteller.

Maximum number of participants: 24

 

The Ethics of Storytelling: Consequences, Ego, Truth & Trust

09:00 AM

Speaker: Lillygol Sedaghat, Fulbright-National Geographic Storyteller

 

Being a storyteller is more than just taking a pretty picture, writing an article, or being at the right place at the right time. Stories have power, and with power comes great responsibility.

Join Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Lillygol Sedaghat in an interactive workshop on the ethics of storytelling, where we will explore the concepts of relationship building and trust, grapple with questions of truth and authenticity, and unpack implicit bias and ego in the process of learning and sharing human narratives.

Using powerful storytelling examples from both academia and news media, the workshop will be directed as a series of open discussions and interactive activities with the end goal of providing a safe space to share challenges, raise questions, and realize your responsibility as a gatekeeper of narratives.

Maximum number of participants: 20

 

The Art of Public Speaking

09:00 AM

Speaker: Greg McGruder, Vice President, Live Events, National Geographic Society

 

Legendary National Geographic grantees, from pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall to underwater scientist Robert Ballard, understand that being able to skillfully share stories about their work is an important aspect of being an effective explorer. Find out what tools they—and other speakers—use to create captivating presentations, from planning how to deliver a compelling talk and developing a stage presence to making the best use of visuals and other tips to help you produce and deliver an outstanding presentation.

Maximum number of participants: 25

PM Workshops

Visual Narrative: Building a Photo Story from Start to Finish

01:00 PM

Speaker: Greg Kahn, Documentary Fine Art Photographer

 

Go through the steps of building a photo project. From the process of visualizing data to creating a narrative, you’ll learn skills in developing a photographic vision, choosing a visual style based on the project, sequencing and editing, and basic lighting techniques. You’re encouraged to bring your own camera, but no photography experience is required to attend.

 

Maximum number of participants: 15

 

The Science of Storytelling for Impact

01:00 PM

Speaker: Jenny Adler, Conservation Photographer, National Geographic Explorer

 

Many scientists want their work to have an impact outside academia—to accomplish this, they’re often told to become better storytellers. But impact means more than just telling a great story; it means reaching the right audience with the right message at the right time to create real change. Join scientist and visual storyteller Jenny Adler to explore recent findings from the field of impact storytelling and the science of behavior change that can help provide a set of best practices to guide strategic storytelling. Scientists and storytellers of all kinds are invited to this series of discussions and collaborative exercises that will help you maximize the influence of your stories.

 

Maximum number of participants: 20

 

Virtual Reality and Immersive Storytelling

01:00 PM

Speaker: Mona Kasra, Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design, UVA

 

This hands-on workshop will provide an in-depth introduction to virtual reality/360-degree storytelling and filmmaking. In addition to learning about the current hardware, software, and platforms available for experiencing and creating VR/360 content, you’ll gain conceptual, practical, and technical skills for creating successful VR stories and immersive experiences.

 

Maximum number of participants: 8

 

Storytelling Master Class with Lillygol Sedaghat

01:00 PM

Speaker: Lillygol Sedaghat, Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow

 

Join Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow Lillygol Sedaghat for a Storytelling Master Class and group portfolio review. Open to storytellers of all experience levels and mediums, the master class welcomes 10 students to share their work in an open, collaborative session with a group of their peers to review ideas, express challenges, and receive feedback on their work.

Come prepared with a story you are working on and questions in mind, and be ready to engage with fellow storytellers in an inclusive, safe space. Each student will receive five minutes to share their story and express any challenges or issues they face, followed by 10 minutes of group review.

 

Maximum number of participants: 10

 

The UVA Bay Game

01:00 PM

Speaker: Gerard P. Learmonth Sr., Professor, Data Science Institute, UVA

 

The UVA Bay Game® is a large-scale participatory simulation (a “serious game”) focused on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The watershed covers parts of six states and the District of Columbia. The game allows players to take the roles of stakeholders, such as crop and livestock farmers, land developers, watermen, and local policymakers, in each of the bay’s seven sub-watersheds. During the game, you’ll make decisions about your livelihood or regulatory authority. You’ll also see the impacts of those decisions on your personal finances, the regional economy, and the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal of gameplay is to achieve an equitable and sustainable balance among environmental and economic outcomes.

Over the past 10 years, The UVA Bay Game has been played well over 200 times in the United States and internationally by students, businesspersons, environmentalists, and regulators. In each gameplay, the final result differs because it reflects the varied backgrounds, experience, and values of the players. But participants always achieve increased awareness about watershed stewardship, both in the Chesapeake Bay and anywhere in the world.

http://www.virginia.edu/baygame/

 

Maximum number of participants: 38

 


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Saturday Half-Day Workshops

All but two workshops are full.