If you use science or STEM in your job in any way, and you have a story to tell, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology would like to help you share it in a more relatable way. Science Riot, presented by C2ST, will be bringing two science comedy storytelling shows to the city this spring.
The vast majority of us are apprehensive about public speaking, and most scientists have no public communication training. No wonder there is a knowledge gap! C2ST has partnered with Science Riot, a nonprofit that operates in cities throughout the country, to bring a workshop series they’ve developed that teaches the impossible—how to convey great science and be funny on purpose! During this crash-course in comedy writing and performance, six- to eight scientists develop a short presentation about their favorite scientific topic that they will then deliver on stage for the paying public.
Participation is encouraged from ‘scientists’ in the broadest sense of the term; anyone in a STEM-adjacent profession is welcome to join. Over the past two years Science Riot has worked with hundreds of scientists. Their shows can gather 200-plus attendees, often selling out in advance, with the additional potential for thousands of viewers and listeners online.
C2ST is recruiting scientists for our first training and shows. Training will begin in March, with three evening training sessions required: March 5, 12 and 19 at 6 p.m. Two public shows have been scheduled, a 7 p.m. March 23 show at The Field Museum’s Rice Hall, and a 7 p.m. show on April 20 at Theater on the Lake. All those interested in participating must be available for all training sessions and both shows. If you can’t participate, be sure to register once tickets go on sale, and see what fellow scientists can do! To express interest and learn more, please register with Science Riot. You can also contact Alexandra “Sasha” Prokuda at 312-567-5838, or firstname.lastname@example.org.