Stories: what we did at #WSF11 last week

As you probably know, I spent last week in New York City, combining business with pleasure – some work, some fun with friends (including #NYCscitweetup with around 50 people!), some fun with just Catharine and me, and some attendance at the World Science Festival.

My panel on Thursday afternoon went quite well, and two brief posts about it went up quickly on Nature Network and the WSF11 official blog.

But now, there is a really thorough and amazing piece on it, combining text by Lena Groeger (who also did a great job livetweeting the event) with comic-strip visualization of the panel by Perrin Ireland – worth your time! Check it out: All about Stories: How to Tell Them, How They’re Changing, and What They Have to Do with Science

More about the trip and the Festival still to come…

Update: See also coverage at Mother Geek.

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2 responses to “Stories: what we did at #WSF11 last week

  1. I have just read the SciAm blog post on All about Stories: How to Tell Them, How They’re Changing, and What They Have to Do with Science. It sounded fascinating, I would’ve loved to have been there amongst the debate. In today’s world of all things blogosphere, I find topics of new expression, particularly concerning my passion for science, so interesting and it’s amazing to be a part of the here and now of such a changing world. I’d just like to say thank you for what you do and for being part of such an important discussion.

    I myself, with my colleagues, have tried to open up science discussion between authors and scientists and commissioned them with the Institute of Physics to write short stories that explore the personal histories, usually forgotten, behind key ‘eureka!’ moments throughout modern science, such as Alan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis. Short stories are a forgotten literature anyway, and I’ve really enjoyed tackling how to express science in such a way that it can be accessible to many. The book is a celebration of science, of the psyche, of expression and communication. I’d love for you to read the anthology and hear your comments, it’s just fascinating!

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