Casimir Workshop Animated Science - turn your research into a videoclip



March 7, 21, and April 11 2017


day 1 and 3 in Leiden, day 2 in Delft


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! Homework is writing your own storyboard.

Following that, they will help you in filming, narrating, editing, and finishing the first part of the animation in an audiovisual studio in Delft.

Your second bit homework is editing the other 2 minutes. Then we will discuss the video's as well as publishing and promoting them as an engaging online animation.

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. You will work together in groups of two to make a videoclip out of your story board. When we receive over 8 registrations, we will make a selection based on your motivation. Please note that it is not possible to register anymore. Contact Marije if you want to receive updates on any future editions of this course.

About the instructors
Bruno van Wayenburg and Astrid Smit will host the this Casimir Workshop and Julia Cramer will assist them. Bruno is a science journalist and a professional animation maker. Astrid  gives in-company workshops and works as a freelance journalist. Julia Cramer participated in the course in 2015, and learned to make this animation about her research.

Reading material will be provided during the first course day. Please note that this course involves making a homework assignment (writing of a storyboard), and also finishing you videoclip if you don't manage to do it all on the second workshop day.

Credits: 3 GSC

Course dates and time:

  • Day 1 Tuesday 7 March (Leiden): 14:00-17:00
  • Day 2 Tuesday 21 March (Delft) - four alternatives (depending on course participant's preference and organisational constraints): group 1. 9.30-12.30; group 2. 11:00-14.30 (including lunch break); group 3. 13:00-16:00; group 4. 14.30-17.30
  • Day 3 Tuesday 11 April (Leiden) 16.00-18.30 evaluation, including drinks