Alda Science Communication Experience
Science is complex. It shouldn't be exclusive.
The Alda Science Communication Experience is the Center's signature professional development program. Through a series of options, scientists will explore strategies to engage their audiences in ways that build trust and inspire.
Because all people understand the world through their individual experiences, this program will help researchers invite their audiences into their work. Through active listening and close attention to non-verbal communication, participants will learn to build connections between their research and other people's backgrounds and experiences.
These communication strategies work with audiences of all ages, education levels, and areas of expertise.
Organizing a Workshop
Alda-certified instructors work with scientific organizations, including universities, government agencies, and private companies, to offer the Alda Science Communication Experience. A variety of sessions, of different lengths and with different goals, are available.
The following programs are designed for small groups to learn, practice and receive feedback in an engaging and immersive environment. In-person programming is delivered at the host organization's campus or offices.
The Center also offers programming that is appropriate for conferences, professional meetings, and other large groups of scientists and researchers.
Find the Workshop that's Right for You
Ideal for small groups of researchers looking to forge meaningful, trust-based connections through effective communication
Programming to Expand your Skills
The Alda Center's signature workshop offers researchers a chance to develop and apply communication skills to a variety of situations
Ideal for program alumni who are eager to engage others in particular formats or about specific issues
A Unique Approach to Communication Training
The hallmark of the Alda Center's programming is the Alda Method. Its combination of improvisational theater exercises and message-design strategies creates an experience that can shift scientists' focus away from technical information and jargon. The Alda Method helps scientists' recognize a piece of their audiences' world views, and find ways to fit their work into that broader context. Doing so builds trust and long-lasting understanding, which in turn, reveals the importance of science and research to others.
Program participants should expect a fully immersive experience. Movement, laughter, and engaging conversations with peers and Alda-certified instructors are fundamental parts of all our programs.
15,000 people have learned to build trust and foster engagement.
Through Alda Center professional development workshops, thousands have adopted strategies to foster mutual trust, empower authentic interpersonal connections, and invite others to share in the wonder and joy of science.