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East Bay: Communicating Science Workshop

  • Workshop Space 1600 Shattuck Avenue Suite 125 Berkeley, CA 94709 (map)

The Caltech Alumni Association invites you to attend this workshop which is specifically designed to address the needs of Techers to communicate scientific or technical information in a variety of public and professional interactions. Through some improvisational exercises, the workshop will work on communication, thinking on your feet, presenting to others and deep listening.

The Caltech Alumni Association strives to help provide scientists and engineers with tools for effectively communicating scientific information to family, friends, colleagues, policymakers, the public and more!

***Space is limited to 20 participants***

Cost to attend:

$20.00 for Caltech Alumni Book Club members or Alumni in years (2008-2018)
$30.00 All other Alumni

About the workshop

Attendees will split into pairs and each will take 2-3 minutes to describe something in their "wheelhouse", a complex subject matter that they're an expert in, a project they have completed professionally, or a daily task they do in their professional life that may be unknown to their partner.

The workshop will begin with some warm-ups designed to get you thinking and your bodies moving (all physical warm-ups are low-impact and able to be adjusted to any level of ability). After these warmup exercises, the workshop will begin some improvisational exercises, which will focus on communication, thinking on your feet, presenting to others and deep listening.

After these exercises, attendees will pair up with a brand new partner to talk about their
“wheelhouse”. They will describe the same complex project or process as they did at the
beginning of the workshop. Then we will debrief: how did their description change from the
beginning of the workshop to the end? How did their partner’s understanding change?

About our Workshop Leader

Emily Markoe is an improviser, actor, and writer based in San Francisco, CA. Trained as an
opera singer at the New England Conservatory of Music, she now only dons viking helmets on
special occasions – and usually just to frighten people. Emily has appeared nationally at SF
Sketchfest, Austin Out of Bounds, The Pack Improv Festival, Austin Independent Film Festival
and Portland Independent Film Festival. Her film The Makeover appeared at the San Francisco
Independent Film Festival, the Alameda International Film Festival, and the North Bay Film & Art

You can catch Emily’s regular performances on Saturdays with San Francisco Tonight, an
Endgames Improv house team, as well as frequent appearances Chesterfield Improv, La Spazzatura improvised opera, and Naptime Comedy.