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Sciencetelling Bootcamp Focuses on Research and Conservation Stories for Impact

“Science and exploration that’s not shared with the world, is science and exploration that won’t change the world,” says Denise Prichard, Senior Director of Training and Development at the National Geographic Society. Denise directs the National Geographic Sciencetelling™ Bootcamp, an intense, hands-on, workshop that focuses on a core curriculum of photography, videography, public speaking, social...

“Science and exploration that’s not shared with the world, is science and exploration that won’t change the world,” says Denise Prichard, Senior Director of Training and Development at the National Geographic Society. Denise directs the National Geographic Sciencetelling™ Bootcamp, an intense, hands-on, workshop that focuses on a core curriculum of photography, videography, public speaking, social media, and writing, that was created for scientists and conservationists to elevate their work for greater impact.

A four-day bootcamp in the Galápagos this week is being attended by more than two dozen representatives of conservation, research, and tourism organizations, all eager to learn from experienced National Geographic storytellers.

“With financial support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, we have brought National Geographic communications experts, photography teachers, and videography teachers to help attendees share their work with the world,” says Aurora Elmore, a geologist, climate change expert and Program Officer for the “Our Changing Planet” grant program at the National Geographic Society.

“It’s a great opportunity for us here in the Galápagos to better our understanding of new techniques for science storytelling to showcase our work of conservation,” says Paola Diaz, Communications Manager, Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS). The Research Station is hosting the bootcamp on Santa Cruz Island.

The program focuses on practical tips and hands-on training to create effective content with simple digital tools.

Related post: Galápagos Sciencetelling™ Bootcamp

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David Max Braun
More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn