July 19th - 21st 2019

This workshop is for scientists who recognize the importance of sharing their research beyond the academic community. Join conservation photojournalist Samantha Stephens for a weekend in beautiful Algonquin Park to learn about communicating scientific ideas on your own, and also by effectively collaborating with communications professionals. At the end of the workshop participants will have a basic understanding of the role of science communication, storytelling strategies, and how to best collaborate with a variety of communication professionals.




The workshop will commence with a 5:30 pm dinner at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station. Following dinner, the evening will include a brief workshop introduction and time to settle into your accommodations.


We’ll delve into why storytelling is important for science and cover the elements of turning your research into a compelling narrative. We’ll talk about understanding your target audience, developing ‘elevator pitches’ and what funding opportunities exist to collaborate with professional communicators.


The focus will be on social media and strategies for speaking with traditional media outlets. The workshop will wrap up shortly after lunch, and participants are invited to stick around for an optional portrait session with Samantha to create some professional head shots.



The workshop will take place at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS), located just off Highway 60 within Algonquin Park. The AWRS is a rustic facility located on the shores of Lake Sasajewan. Since its inception in 1944, this facility has provided logistical support for scientists as they undertake various research projects within Algonquin Park. Sleeping accommodations are provided in wooden cabins on vinyl mattresses. You are required to bring a pillow and sleeping bag (or linens), and can count on sharing a cabin with at least one other same-sex participant. The station has a centralized basic washroom facility with running water and showers. Meals are provided at the cookhouse three times per day where workshop participants eat and socialize among other AWRS researchers and staff. Station food and accommodation is guaranteed to be functional, professional, punctual and satisfactory, though this facility is not geared toward culinary or hospitality delights. Meals are covered in the workshop expense (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch), and certain dietary restrictions and allergies can be accommodated for. Participants should bring their own snacking food for between meals should they desire it.



Although the majority of the workshop will take place in a classroom setting, participants should come with attire that will be functional in an outdoor setting as the AWRS is a rustic setting. Days can be hot and evenings cool, so be prepared with some warmer layers. It should also be noted that the Algonquin landscape is home to a number of biting flies - the most aggravating of which is the black fly. Participants should come prepared with long-sleeves and a bug jacket is highly recommended if you are planning to explore the park in the early mornings or evenings after the workshop programming. You’ll be required to bring a sleeping bag (or linens to fit a single bed) and pillow. It is also recommended that you bring a headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries, as the station gets very dark at night, making navigation back to your sleeping arrangements difficult without a light source!

Participants should be prepared with a notebook and writing utensil. Laptops are welcome and there is electricity, although there is no WiFi at the station.


How to register

The cost of this workshop is $450, including accommodations and meals. To register, please send an email to with the following information:


Workshop and date that you are registering for:

Phone number:

Dietary restrictions:

Are you coming alone with someone you’d like to share a cabin with:

Brief statement of how you are involved in science, and what you hope to get out of the workshop:

Detailed payment and logistical information including directions to the station will be provided upon registration.