What’s YOUR Science Story?

The Office of Public Science, in collaboration with other members of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster, is partnering with the Story Collider, an organization dedicated to bringing true, personal stories about science to life, for a series of science storytelling events April 18-19, 2017.

We’re kicking off the Story Collider’s North Carolina residency with a live story-telling show in Kinston, NC, on the evening of Tuesday, April 18 — we’re headed east as we want to take science on-the-road to a community that doesn’t have such ready access to science and scientists.

For the live show (which will be reprised at a later date in the Triangle), we want YOU to pitch your story! We’re looking for a diverse line-up of storytellers (students, scientists, citizen scientists, educators, science enthusiasts) to share their stories on stage.

For a chance to tell your story, send a short pitch to stories@storycollider.org with “NC State Pitch” in the subject. The deadline for pitches is Monday, February 20, 2017.

This show is about personal experiences — not lectures or research presentations, no matter how entertaining. We are looking for an 8-10 minute story with a beginning, middle, and end, and we want to hear about some way in which you, the storyteller, changed in that time. You can talk about anything – how science has influenced or changed you, how you first fell in love with science, how your work in or with science has affected your personal life, challenges you’ve faced in your research, anything. And you’ll have plenty of help; Story Collider producers will work with you personally to make your story great.

You’re probably thinking “I just don’t have any great stories” – and you’re probably wrong! Take a chance on us, it may even be fun. Who knows, your story may even turn up on Story Collider’s national podcast!

Whether or not you decide to pitch your story, keep a lookout for other story-telling events in April:  A talk by Story Collider’s executive Liz Neeley on narrative techniques for science communication, an intensive workshop helping you use narrative effectively, and other celebrations of the linked powers of science and story.

Have questions or want to bounce ideas off someone? Feel free to reach out to Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science for the College of Sciences (hlmennin@ncsu.edu) or Jean Goodwin, Professor of Communication (jegoodwi@ncsu.edu).

Photo courtesy of Katie Stember, Scientists of North Carolina.