Hollywood tips for initiating collaboration, Part 1

Continuing a collaboration stretching back to the 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Orlando, these sessions brought the storytelling wisdom of Hollywood to aquatic scientists! Communication expert, author, and improv actor Brian Palermo leads three different sessions aimed at helping scientists from all career stages understand the value of communicating science through stories. Each session has a different focus, so attendees are encouraged to attend as many as possible, to get something different from each one. Follow the links below to learn more! These sessions are supported by a grant to Jonathan Sharp (University of Delaware) from the NSF Ocean Sciences Division.


Sunday, Feb. 26

Tuesday, Feb. 28


Science Communication Resources
Check out the links below to learn more about ASLO’s ongoing efforts to support members working to foster new collaborations and bring their science to a larger audience.






  • Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style (2009) by Olson (Oceanography review)
  • Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter (2011) by Baron (Oceanography review)
  • Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking (2013) by Olson, Barton, and Palermo (ASLO Bulletin review)
  • Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story (2015) by Olson (ASLO Bulletin review)


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