When the Science Communications Program participants descend on The Banff Centre, they have two weeks to meet, greet and build a multi-media “sci comm” project complete with web site, podcast, text, video and social media. Participants bring strong science backgrounds and varying levels of communications experience, and they team up with Banff Centre staff and work studies who make a snap of classy designs, audio post production, video editing and sound creation.
The final products are fun (live spoof of The Dating Game), integrated (links to maps and projects in various locations), informed (look and listen to the examples here) and sometimes yummy (yes, there was a beer tasting component this year). More than that, these projects explore how to get the who, what, when, where and why of science out into the world.
Here you can see and listen to some of the results. Note that the projects are a mix of fact and fiction when they are built for the program. You will hear some interviews and some budding actors; you may even recognize Canada’s Science Guy, Jay Ingram, posing as someone else.
Click on the designs below to see them in a larger format.