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Storytelling and other arts

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Storytelling and other arts

Stories can activate people and invite them to be protagonists of the changes they want. And there are so many stories in the universe of citizen science. Arguments and facts are often not effective ways to get people to listen and connect. However, we can weave them into stories and make communication more effective.

The purpose of this working group is to explore and gain knowledge and confidence in the way stories are an ally in science communication, specifically in citizen science.



Andrea Troncoso



Alice Sheppard


Working group

  • Alexandra Czeglédi
  • Baiba Prüse
  • Egle Butkeviciene
  • Karen Helen Wiltshire
  • Mariana Varese
  • Viola Nyakato
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Activity plan

  • 1. Explore the power of storytelling and use it for the benefit of communicating citizen science.
  • 2. Learn how to craft stories that matter and that communicate effectively, and gain confidence to be the ones sharing these new learnings.
  • 3. Provide a safe and open space for interaction between researchers, explorers and storytellers, where they can learn from each other and interact.

Past achievements

  • This working group has created the “Storytelling for citizen science” training module. This free course is hosted on the EU-Citizen.Science Moodle platform. The course will give you the ground and tools to look in a different way at how you can communicate your citizen science project and how to craft a story that matters and connects to different audiences. If you are logged in to your EU-Citizen.Science account, you can access the training module here.
  • This is a new ECSA working group, formed in 2020.

Curious to learn more about Storytelling? Come and join us!

“Once SciComm a Time: Using Storytelling Techniques in Science Talks”

Join us for a 1-hour webinar with Affelia Wibisono!  Affelia has over 10 years’ experience in science communication and has worked with several museums and science centres to educate, enthuse, and engage school groups and the public on physics and astronomy and many more areas of science.

Organised by ECSA’s Storytelling and other Arts working group, we aim to bring our community together through stories.

Check the recording of this webinar here

How to get involved

To join this working group, please contact the chairs by email, outlining your experience and which activities you are interested in.