Storytelling in Research

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This workshop will be a virtual session via ZOOM. If you require specific accessibility for this workshop email

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Storytelling is an incredibly powerful communication tool that isn’t used often in research communication. Commonly we instead use clinical communication styles focussing on facts and data.

In this session we’ll explore storytelling techniques and discover how you can use it in your research studies.

There are specific tools you can use and features you can easily add to your communications to ensure your research connects with audiences in a more influential way.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn about the physiological effect stories can have on people and how they influence. We’ll get you started with some simple strategies and methodology that will enable you to confidently introduce storytelling techniques into your work to assist you in sharing your research for maximum impact.

This session is also a lecture in CPR6100 - Communicating and Promoting Your Research.

This workshop is designed to address the specific research training needs of Higher Degree by Research and Honours students.

About the Facilitator:

Emma Donnelly - Writer / Media Expert / Science Communicator / TrainerScience communications expert, strategist, corporate trainer, event curator, food lover, Champagne scientist, author, dreamer, innovator. Emma is an exceptional communicator, strongly creative who works quickly with clarity and strategy. She is Innovative, strategic and collaborative. Her project management skills enable her to meet tight deadlines and work with multiple stakeholders.

Emma has many years of experience in all aspects of event management and logistics, including MCing and facilitation. Her wide-ranging skills extend from strategy development and implementation, communication and engagement, web design and content recipe development, PR, writing, social media, education and corporate training.

ZOOM information

In order to ensure we have the best chances of reducing lag and other technical issues in the ZOOM meeting, please kindly ensure that your camera and audio are switched off when you enter the session. You can then turn your audio on when you ask a question.

You will be sent an email two days before the session with the Zoom details.

Zoom is a real-time video conferencing tool that can be used for live, online tutorials. It allows you talk with students, share screens, text chat and capture a recording of your session.


  • A headset with a microphone and a webcam (laptop computers have built-in mic and camera)
  • A well-lit, quiet space (avoid having a window behind you)
  • A reliable internet connection.

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Organiser ECU Research Training

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The Graduate Research School runs a comprehensive training program to support and empower you to achieve a successful research project and enhance your future career. The program includes a mix of workshops, seminars, special courses and retreats that are facilitated by a range of experienced speakers including GRS trainers, external consultants, ECU library staff, research and writing consultants, Research Services staff, Academics from a range of disciplines and special guest speakers from industry, government and community bodies.

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