Science Communication Forum

Science Communication Forum

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Overview

The Office of Vice President for Research in cooperation with the Office of Communications and Marketing hosted the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science workshop. This Workshop allowed basic, translational, and clinical researchers to experience the Alda Method style of transformative communication. With funding from the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Institute (SCTR), the Office of Research Development, and Imagine 2020 funds, the 2019 Science Communication Forum was held August 7, 2019.

This interactive session introduced participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non-scientists, about what they do and why it matters. The session consisted of an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to their audience. The plenary addressed problems and solutions in public interactions as well as peer-to-peer communication. Participants actively engaged in improvisation exercises and practiced clarity in speaking to non-scientists about their work.

Learn More about the Alan Alda Method

If you are interested in learning more about Science Communications, the Alda-Kavli Learning Center has several free archived webinars in addition to three upcoming free webinars in 2021:

  • Part One: Assessing Scientists' Willingness to Engage; Friday, February 19, Noon to 1pm
  • Part Two: Unpacking the Brand of Science, Friday, March 19, Noon to 1pm
  • Part Three: Implications for Trainers and the SciComm Community; Monday, April 19 (subject to change), Noon to 1pm

For more information visit the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science:


For more information, please contact Wanda Hutto Pierce at