Casimir/NanoFront workshop: How to create a video about your research



14:00-17:00 hrs


Leiden, Oort building, Niels Bohrweg 2, room 173


One new way of communicating your research to a possibly very broad audience is making a short science video animation in the style of MinutePhysics, ASAPScience or other Youtube stars.

Course content
In this workshop, science writer Astrid Smit and science journalist and animator Bruno van Wayenburg will help you with telling your research story as a video animation. They will guide you in condensing the most salient points of your research (also useful for doing popularisation in other formats), telling a good story about it, and with writing a script and storyboard for a 2-3 minute video. Prepare to fiercely select and condense, but also to think up concrete examples and metaphors to make your research graspable! Following that, they will show you what is involved in filming, narrating, editing, publishing and promoting your research story as an online video.

The workshop consists of two afternoon sessions. The sessions will take place on Tuesday April 14th and April 21st, 14:00 - 17:00 hrs. For a more detailed schedule, please download the file in the below.

Casimir/NanoFront will support the team with the best idea by finding the right contacts at Leiden University or Delft University and by contributing to the costs, so that the video clip can actually be produced.

The course is intended for PhD students in the Casimir Research School who are interested in presenting their research to a wider audience. If you already have plans to make a video clip, for example for your lab's website or for including it in a scientific presentation at a conference, please indicate this in the registration box in the below. When we receive over 20 registrations, we will make a selection based on your motivation.

About the instructors
Bruno van Wayenburg and Astrid Smit will host the this Casimir Course. Bruno is a science journalist and a professional animation maker. He for example created the clip on the October 2013 Nature publication by the Leo DiCarlo group. Astrid  gives in-company workshops and works as a freelance journalist. Please click on the links in the above to visit Bruno's and Astrid's company websites.

Reading material will be provided during the first course day. Please note that this course involves making a homework assignment (writing of a storyboard)!

Credits: 3 GSC.

Course dates
The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday 14 April and Tuesday 21 April, 14:00-17:00 hrs.